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Bird Carving

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Course Overview

This course will introduce students to the world of bird carving. This is a great class for beginners and experienced carvers alike. We will focus on songbirds commonly found in the sub-boreal forest of the Lake Superior region. Each bird is different but the general form, anatomy, and carving techniques are transferable to many carving projects. In the course, we will acquaint ourselves with bird anatomy to help develop an eye for the finished forms that we’re trying to achieve. Students will learn various knife grasps to effectively and safely shape wooden blanks. We will discuss material selection as well as tool sharpening so students can continue developing their skills at home. The carved and painted details bring these carvings to life. We will discuss paint, painting techniques, and other finishing details along the way. Students may purchase additional blanks to take home with them.

Required Tools

  • Pencil
  • Fixed blade straight knife (I commonly use a Mora carving knife. Both the Mora knife and Harley knife from Pinewood Forge are carried in the North House school store. Call ahead for availability.)

Optional Tools

  • Feel free to bring other carving tools such as small gouges, v-tools, and knives.


Fri, Jun 7th, 2024  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $50.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mike Loeffler
Mike Loeffler
Grand Marais, MN

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Bird Carving