Wooden Spoon Carving

CLASS ID: 4T39
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, May 12 & 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fred Livesay
Spoon carving is what might be called a gateway to green woodworking. Seemingly simple, the spoon is a seductive and functional piece of sculpture deeply rooted in the common wooden culture of our ancestors. Spoons reached their highest forms of development in Scandinavia where they were in daily use from well before the Viking era until the 1950s in rural areas. During your two day exploration, you will learn traditional safe knife strokes and safe practices from one of this country’s best spoon carvers. You will begin on a small project, then move to spoons. Discussion and hands-on demonstrations will focus on design, proportions, knife sharpening, decorating and finishing. This class requires some hand strength. There will be a 1-hour break for lunch each week. $20 material fee includes tool usage, practice wood, and spoon blanks. If desired, students may bring own tools, or purchase the following: Mora carving knife (120 or 106), scorp or hook knife, sharpening stones are all available from pinewoodforge.com. Get your order in early. Bring your favorite old or new wooden spoons to share with the class. Bring a lunch.

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Felted Cat Cave

CLASS ID: 5X02
Date/Time: Friday-Saturday, September 21, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM & September 22, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Leslie Granbeck
Calling all crazy cat people! Make the ultimate gift for your favorite feline: her own cozy cat cave! Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool fibers, soapy water and your own muscles. No knitting or sewing. Add a variety of colorful embellishments for a one-of-a-kind cave. Please note: this is a large project that requires physical stamina (and possibly a little homework). Previous felting experience helpful but not necessary. $65 supply fee is payable to instructor and includes fibers, embellishments and a reusable felting kit. This project could also be a pup tent if your dog is under 10 lbs!

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Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

CLASS ID: 4W16
Date/Time: Saturday – Sunday, June 9 – 10, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Morris Anderson
This woodcarving class will use rough-outs from various Caricature Carvers of America carvers like PJ Driscoll, Gerald Sears, Harold Enlow, Phil & Vicki Bishop, and Stu Martin. Instruction will be given in the areas of physical anatomy, proportion, and proper techniques used in caricature carving. The rough-outs will vary from realistic to western caricatures.

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Four Seasons of Sculpture

CLASS ID: 5W01
Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, July 11 – August 1, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Allen Christian
We’re going to try four different sculptural techniques, one for each season. We’ll be using materials that are cheap or free, found objects and such. If you’ve never sculpted before, you’ll be able to handle this class. If you make stuff all the time, join the collaboration! Subtractive, assemblage and plasma cutting are apt to be included as are stories about folk artists and Burning Man.

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Sculpture Garden Tour

CLASS ID: 5W10
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 27, 11:15 AM – 4:15 PM

Wouterina De Raad
Join friends from WBCA for a fun day of food, flowers, and folk art! This is your chance to visit folk artist Wouterina De Raad’s 100 concrete sculptures nestled into 3 acres of perennial flower gardens. Meet at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in the White Bear Country Inn (on Highway 61 across from WBCA) for lunch from 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM. Guests will pay for their own lunch. We will then board a bus leaving at 12:30 PM for the sculpture garden in Beldenville, WI. The tour is from 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM, and the bus will return to Rudy’s by 4:15 PM. Please bring a tip for the driver. Visit www.concretemosaicsculpture.com to learn more about Wouterina and her sculpture garden. Contact WBCA for address if driving yourself.

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Stone Sculpture

CLASS ID: 4W14
Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, June 7 – 28, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Scott Malcolm
Stone sculpture is one of the oldest and most fundamental vehicles for human expression. From Stonehenge to Michelangelo’s David, to the soft sensual forms of Henry Moore, stone has been used by men and women to express the mysteries of the human experience reaching back to long before recorded human history. This Stone Sculpture open studio will be held indoors using hand tools on the “soft” stone of your choice. We welcome experienced sculptors who desire to work in community as well as beginners. Small pieces of stone and rudimentary tools along with basic use and safety instruction will be provided to beginners free of charge. Returning students will have the opportunity to build their own custom work table and continue working and developing stone projects while beginning to accumulate their own tools. Small pieces of high quality alabaster will be offered for sale to interested students. Class is open to 6 new students; all returning students are welcome.

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Stone Sculpture

CLASS ID: 4T38
Date/Time: 5 Thursdays, April 19 – May 24, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
*No class May 10

Scott Malcolm
Stone sculpture is one of the oldest and most fundamental vehicles for human expression. From Stonehenge to Michelangelo’s David, to the soft sensual forms of Henry Moore, stone has been used by men and women to express the mysteries of the human experience reaching back to long before recorded human history. This Stone Sculpture open studio will be held indoors using hand tools on the “soft” stone of your choice. We welcome experienced sculptors who desire to work in community as well as beginners. Small pieces of stone and rudimentary tools along with basic use and safety instruction will be provided to beginners free of charge. Returning students will have the opportunity to build their own custom work table and continue working and developing stone projects while beginning to accumulate their own tools. Small pieces of high quality alabaster will be offered for sale to interested students. Class is open to 6 new students; all returning students are welcome.

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