Carving Workshops and Demonstrations

Chip Carving Classes

I periodically offer an introductory class on chip carving.  I was originally trained by world class chip carver Wayne Barton of Illinois. I use chip carving as an ornamentation for bowls, boxes, and shelves.  I've done demonstrations in schools and for scout, and I have taught church groups, woodcarving club members, and the Sons of Norway.   All ages and levels of experience are welcome in this workshop that intends to inspire people to explore their own artistic expression.


Introduction to Ale Bowl Carving

I was scheduled to teach an introductory ale bowl carving class at the Milan Village Art School, Milan, MN.  It was to be a three day event over a weekend in July.  There was such a wonderful response to this class being offered, in fact we had many folks on a waiting list.  Unfortunately 2020 has been the year of cancellations and postponements of group activities due to concerns with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  I hope to offer the introduction to ale bowl carving class at the MVAS in July 2021.  Stay tuned as I may offer other classes through the Lake Region Woodcarvers Club in Devils Lake, ND.
In July 2019, I offered an introductory ale bowl carving class for members of the Lake Region Woodcarvers Club.   It was held on four consecutive Saturdays and I was thrilled with the response.  Here are some pictures of that event.  I personally worked with each of the six participants in order to encourage and foster confidence with carving work.  Since ale bowls were folk art there is a lot of room for participants to decide the level of carving they want to master.  

Woodworking Demonstrations

Since Barb and I want to encourage young people and adults to learn more about woodworking and woodcarving, we occasionally do presentations or demonstrations.  Since living in North Dakota, I've done presentations on ale bowl carving at the Devils Lake Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts, Sons of Norway, and the Pioneer Daughters. I've done handtool woodworking demonstrations at Lake Region Heritage Center, Lake Region Corporation, Historic Fort Totten, Pioneer Village in Rugby and the historic Gingras Trading Center in Pembina, ND.