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Hand Carved Wooden Signs

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Course Overview

Personalize any place by creating a hand-carved wooden sign. Woodcarver Jock Holmen will teach the entire sign-making process, from proper design to layout, letter, and incised carving, painting, and finishing options, while students work on a personal project. Whether it will hang at the cabin, the garden, a business, or a man-cave, a handcrafted sign is a great addition. Instruction will include both incised and raised letters. Day one focuses on design and layout, with days 2 and 3 spent carving the sign. Finishing options will be discussed in detail so that students will leave with a clear idea of how to paint and complete their carved sign. The instructor will contact students ahead of time to discuss their projects and possible limitations due to time and materials. Maximum project size is 48”x12”.

Registration in the March 2019 session of this class includes participation in the Carvers Conference day Friday, March 8, as part of Wood Week, which features demonstrations, skill shares and open shop. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


Tue, Mar 5th, 2019  –  Thu, Mar 7th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 16+
Tuition: $305.00
Materials fee: $20.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: add'l project varies ($35 and up)


You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

  • Carving knife
  • v-gouges in any size; recommend  #12-10mm V gouge; #2-8mm gouge ; #5-16mm gouge is a good source for  Pifel /Swiss made tools. Telephone number: 800-225-1153

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jock Holmen
Jock Holmen
Burnsville, MN

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Hand Carved Wooden Signs - 3/5/2019