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Embellishment Techniques for Wood

Learn to add decorative details to woodenware with the “Norwegian termite,” Jock Holmen. Jock will teach a variety of carving techniques using gouges, chisels and carving knives that students will practice. Simple repeated patterns and marks can add creative and personal flourish to wooden objects of many sorts-- spoons, bowls and more, and can even be used to make the most of imperfections and cracks in projects. Students should bring unfinished wooden bowls or plates to work on, though some imperfect pieces will be available to purchase. The instructor will have tools to borrow. By popular demand, this course has been extended to three full days in length to allow ample to for exploration.

Registration in the March 2017 session of this class includes participation in mini classes & excursions on Friday, March 3, as part of the Wood Week. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


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$285.00 per student (Regular rate)
$255.00 per student (Early-bird rate)

Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. carving knife (available for purchase at the School Store)
  2. unfinished projects, like bowls, plates or other woodenware to carve on. Some pieces will be available for purchase ($20 and up)

Closer to the start date, the instructor will contact you to discuss your projects and goals for the course.
Jock Holmen Jock Holmen

Jock Holmen, "The Norwegian Termite," has been a professional woodcarver for over 30 years. He is a gold medal winner at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American National Juried Exhibitions in Decorah, Iowa, and won the First Place Carving award at the 2005 Northern Woods Exhibition in Minneapolis. In addition to his commissioned projects, Jock is a contributing editor at American Woodworker magazine, and teaches woodcarving classes. He has received training and tutoring from various American and Norwegian master carvers.

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