Stop! Don't mark your beautiful wooden objects with a marker. Learn to carve letters, numbers, and small insignia to mark your work instead. We’ll cover how to transfer designs to wood and incise letters and numbers. These skills can be utilized for projects as prominent as road signs and as discreet as a small smiling face that only the most observant passerby will notice. There will be a number of tools available for you to try, including a variety of chisels and v-gouges, but much can be accomplished with a simple carving knife. This type of carving is a great skill for anyone who works in wood. Feel free to bring a small project you have in mind, or simply practice before you dig into a big project. There will be an optional sharpening session the evening before the class begins. There is a materials fee of $10-$40, payable to the instructor.
Jock Holmen, “The Norwegian Termite,” has been a professional woodcarver for over 30 years. He is a Gold Medalist 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 to American Woodworker magazine and teaches woodcarving classes. He has received training and tutoring from various American and Norwegian master carvers.