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Wood Spoon Carving with Fred Livesay

Spoon CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: February 28 & March 1, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Milan Village Arts School

“The road to good spoons is paved with kindling.”

Scandinavia and other countries have long traditions of carving spoons for home use and as gifts. This two day class is about continuing this art and craft and learning to read and understand wood. Spoon carving is what you might call the “gateway craft” to a host of other green woodworking skills using axes and knives.

The focus of the class is to develop students’ confidence in using axes and knives for roughing and finishing of beautiful, durable and usable wooden spoons, while developing the eye for proportion and ergonomics. Butter spreaders will be carved the first morning session to learn the various knife strokes. Afternoon sessions and the following day will be devoted to carving an eating spoon.

Other aspects of the class will cover sharpening, design, decorating and finishing. We will also cover stretching and exercises, as well as postures for fatigue-free carving.

Tuition: member $150, non-member $165
Supplies: Included. Fred will have some tools for student use, and tools and traditional spoon blanks for sale

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Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harley Refsal

Flat Plane CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
February 13, 14 & 15, 2015
Time: Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: January 31, 2015
Location: Milan Village Arts School

In this course, open to beginning as well as experienced carvers, students will complete a figure (or two) of their choice, rendered in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Special emphasis will be placed on carving facial features, hands, etc. After painting the figure, a final finish will be applied. All participants, even fresh beginners, ought to be able to have at least one figure completely finished and shelf-ready by the end of the course.

The instructor will supply band-sawn wooden cutouts for sale and a supply of basic carving tools for sale to students who do not have their own tools. One basic carving or whittling knife is the principal tool; feel free to bring along whatever carving tools you might already own, but only one knife is really necessary.

Tuition: member $160, non-member $175
Supplies: Whatever carving tools student might already own. Instructor will have along a supply of basic tools for sale. Finishing materials (paint, wax, etc.) furnished by instructor.

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Flat Plane CarvingScandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Bill Jaeger

Level: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday & Sunday
April 18 & 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: April 4, 2015
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Bill provides carving students with carving designs for this class that highlight the historical and unique aspects of traditional Scandinavian style figure carving. Students will practice the particular knife strokes and techniques to achieve the look of the old carvers. A good carving knife is the only tool needed, but students should bring their palm gouges. Carvers with some experience should be able to carve and paint a figure in this weekend class.

Tuition: member $135, non-member $150
Supplies: Students should bring their carving tools. Bill will provide band sawn blanks out of basswood and Pinewood Forge Knives for purchase. Finishing materials such as paint and Danish oil will be supplied by instructor.

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Acanthus Carving with Hans Sandom

Acanthus CarvingLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Monday through Friday
2014 Rescheduled Class:
      October 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31, 2014
      Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Class 1: March 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: February 21, 2015
Class 2: August 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 25 , 2015
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Both novices and accomplished workers meet in this class to carve beautiful, ornate, leaf designs in wood. Students learn to work with the wood grain, basic elements of design, and the use and care of wood carving tools. The Acanthus technique dates back many centuries and can be used to add beauty to both structural and decorative woodwork.

Tuition: member $265, non-member $280
Supplies: Students are responsible for their own carving tools, paper, pencils, etc.

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Chip Carving Essentials: Basswood Box with Marty Leenhouts

Basswood BoxLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: October 25, 2014
Location: Milan Village Arts School

Learn the essential skills of chip carving in this class. My Chip Carving Knives will be provided for your use along with a practice board and materials to chip carve the box shown. The only thing you need to bring with you is an attitude ready to learn! You will learn how to prepare the wood surface, apply the pattern, and use all three chip carving knives. Proper technique will be emphasized and encouraged throughout this class. Knife sharpening will also be taught and demonstrated.

Tuition: member $75, non-member $90
Supplies: $20 (5” x 5” basswood box and practice board)

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Chip Carving Essentials: Trivet with Marty Leenhouts

TrivetLevel: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: April 25, 2015
Location: Milan Community Center

Learn the essential skills of chip carving in this class. My Chip Carving Knives will be provided for your use along with a practice board and materials to chip carve the box shown. The only thing you need to bring with you is an attitude ready to learn! You will learn how to prepare the wood surface, apply the pattern, and use all three chip carving knives. Proper technique will be emphasized and encouraged throughout this class. Knife sharpening will also be taught and demonstrated.

Tuition: member $75, non-member $90
Supplies: $20 (trivet and practice board)

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Introduction to the Art of Woodcarving with Don Fischer

Level: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday, March 21. 2015
Time: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Registration Deadline: March 7, 2015
Location: Milan Village Arts School

This class is open to ages 14 years and older. This class is designed for those who have never carved wood but have not had a chance to try it out. Topics include Woodcarving Safety, Care of Carving Tools, and various Carving Cuts using the carving knife.

Carving knives, safety gloves and an assortment of carving blanks will be available for purchase.

Tuition: member $60, non-member $75
Supplies: Rough out blanks range from $5-10 each

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Scandinavian Character Carving with Don Fischer

Ole & LenaLevel: Some carving experience required
Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015
Time: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2015
Location: To be announced

In this class, students will be carving either an Ole or Lena figure, a Scandinavian Troll or a Gnome Family of Four from “roughout” basswood blanks. Enough wood is allowed on the roughout blank for students to personalize their carvings. Past students are invited to return to work on pieces they did not finish in last year’s class or start a new piece.

Tuition: member $140, non-member $155
Supplies: Roughout blanks are $30 each
Participants in the class will need to provide their own carving tools (carving knife &
goughes), a cut-resistant carving glove, and a light if needed. You will not need power carving tools.

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Timber Framing Workshop: By Appointment with Dale Pederson

TimberframingLevel: Beginner and above
Time & Date: TBD with instructor
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls

This workshop provides individual or smallgroup instruction in timber framing. Students will coordinate with the instructor to set up the times, dates and length of the course. Instruction will be tailored to individual interests and needs. This workshop is designed to give students ample access to the tools and skills necessary to complete the timber framing project of their choice.

Tuition: TBD depending on the group size
Supplies: TBD with instructor

Please contact Dale Pederson to discuss this class: email Dale or call 320-564-3799.

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Willow Works: Introduction to Window Garden Trellis with Jo Pederson

Level: Beginner and above
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 28, 2015
Location: Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls

Students will learn to work with natural pieces of wood, to curve and bend them, and to add decorative pieces. Participants will choose a pattern and complete as much of it as possible, leaving with a 4 to 6 foot trellis at the end of the day. Please plan for your trellis’ transportation! Students should have basic skills with tools such as power drills and handsaws.

Tuition: member $65, non-member $80
Supplies: $15. The supply fee is paid to the instructor at the conclusion of class.

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