Ozarks Woodcarving

Come Wood Carve in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri

Events Schedule
Non-Carving Classes
Registration Form



. CLASSES WILL BE HELD FROM 8:30AM TO 4:30PM with a break for lunch.**

NOTE: If you think you might need a light, bring one!


Class Description




John Engler
Cost $285+ blank ($30-$40)
Class Project: Relief Carving, choice of projects
Tools:  Safety glove, V-tools, knives, skews, flat gouges, fishtail gouges, and assortment of standard gouges. John's class will be a lesson in medium depth relief carving.  Beginner to advanced carvers are welcome .  No experience is necessary. Students will have a choice of subject matter including architectural, animal, and Christmas themes. No drawing will be required of the student as the subject is already on the piece of wood. Sizes of projects range from 9" x 12" to 12 " x 16" with a few larger projects available if desired. Students work at their own pace with both group and individual instruction.   If time allows, a watercolor painting class will follow.  John provides the paints and brushes for the students to purchase. View John's carvings at www.johnenglerwoodcarving.com.
Project Sample Thumbnails:  (many to choose from)



Izo Becic
Cost $275 + blank
Class Project: Architectural Carving, Decorative Mirror & Shelves or Gouge Chip Carved Box or students's choice.
Izo is an award winning European trained Master Carver. His carving specialty is the restoration and duplication of altars, statues, antique furniture and architectural detail.  Designs will be set up in the blank by Izo. Tools required are: gouges, mallet and at least two or four clamps for holding the blank. Izo will have some tools for loan and to sell. You will be proud of your carving and walk away with knowledge from the Master. Izo will call each student to verify project blank choice. Blanks could be in butternut, basswood or black walnut.

Blanks are $60 for 24” , $95 for 37” , Mirror 27”x37”  $ 350.

Project Sample Thumbnails:

   Mirror Frame   Shelves   Mask   Plaque


Loren Woodard
Cost $265 + Materials ($20 and up)
Class Project: Intaglio Relief Carving, and Bark Carving.
I have been asked to bring back bark carving so I have decided to offer bort Intaglio Relief and/or Bark Carving of houses and/or faces.

Tools: Safety glove, carving knives, 45 degree 6mm V tool, and variety carving tools.  We will use a lot of #3 and #11 gouges of various sizes. Bring what you have and a mallet if you have it. It is important that you bring a good light. Loren will have some tools available to loan. Loren has been carving for 27 years. He has had articles published by Carving Magazine and is an instructor for CarvinOnline. Loren loves carving Christmas themes, but if you are not into Christmas, Loren will have landscape and other human forms to choose from. Intaglio Relief  is a little different than carving straight relief. We will paint on day 5.  Above all else, we will have a good time and you will learn something.  You can view Loren’s work on his web site at  www.woodcarvers-gallery.com.
Project Sample Thumbnails:
  Bark House   Proj 2   Proj 3   Proj 4
Class Description


Vic Hood

Vic Hood
Cost $270+ blank ($70 - $90.00)
Class Project: Large American Indian Bust
Tools: Safety glove, medium to large mallet gouges.   Vic’s class is amazing.  You will not be carving from a blank, but rather a butternut log.  Vic will rough out your log with a chain saw.  Your job will be to have an idea of your project when you come to class.  You may carve any subject you desire as long as it is a bust carving.  Vic will help you design your project. Vic started carving in 1991 and has won over 100 awards.  Contact Vic at vhood@leatherwoodinc.com.  Vic is the president of a unique building corporation that specializes in restoration of historic buildings. 


Stu Martin
Cost $275 + blanks ($70-$90)
Class Project: Realistic Human Form
Tools: Safety glove, gouges, v-tools, palm gouges, veiners, and a sharp knife.  Stu has been a full-time carver for over 30 years. The class focus will be on proper techniques for carving the human form, concentrating CLASS CANCELED on face anatomy. Each student will receive individual instruction with a one-on-one format.  With the many blanks that Stu has to offer, the student will have the opportunity to complete more than one project, giving multiple exposure to instruction. To see a large selection of Stu's carvings, go to www.stumartinwoodcarving.com.
Project Sample Thumbnails:  ( many to choose from)



Pat Moore

Pat Moore
Cost $275 + blank
Class Project: Open Carving Class

Tools: Safety glove, hand and palm tools (NO POWER)  Students may bring a light if they desire.  Pat will be teaching an open carving class from one of her collection of over 40 rough outs. Projects include Santas, Indians, caricatures, birds, dragon, and others.  This class is designed  with each student's individual needs in mind!  Work on what you would like help on, such as laying out faces, fur, hair texture or just completing a project. Pat enjoys teaching and goes through many aspects of anatomy and techniques  concentrating on how to simplify your steps making your carving experience both enjoyable and efficient.  If you have any questions you can contact Pat at 1-800-825-2657 or email her at info@roughouts.com

  051  Black Bear  842  Pat Moore Project  Moore Project



Adina Huckins
Cost $270 + blank
Class Project: Open Carving
Tools: Safety glove, large veiners with deep sweeps, a good selection of palm or mallet tools.  This class is what Adina calls an “open class”, meaning many types of projects can be accomplished.  Anyone who has stopped by the class will have noticed a wide variety of subjects and styles being carved, from small jointed dolls to large realistic busts and full figure human subjects.  Animal subjects  are also taught. Any style can be carved: realistic, caricature, or stylized.  Beginners are also welcome. This is a chance to work on your own ideas with Adina’s design help and input.  Be sure to call well in advance at 479-445-5386. Also Adina will have some roughouts to choose from if you prefer, and is happy to suggest or come up with an idea for you.


Janet Denton Cordell
Cost $270 + blank
Class Project: Open Carving
Tools: Safety glove, large veiners with deep sweeps, a good selection of palm or mallet tools.  Janet is the second daughter in a family with more than 175 years of combined woodcarving experience.  Janet has won hundreds of awards for her carvings and is recognized as a master woodcarver by the state of Arkansas.  Janet's class format is open, allowing you to carve what ever you want.  However, Janet does ask that you call her well in advance of the class so she has adequate time to be prepared.  Contact Janet at 479-790-1872 so she can prepare your carving blank.  Suggested projects are any animal, western, human, relief, or something you haven't tried yet.



Class Description


Debbe Edwards
Cost $285 + blank ($40 to $55)
Class Project: New Project To Be Determined
Tools: Safety glove, wood burner, paints, knife, #3 and #5 gouges, 1/2" and 1/4" U gouges, and veiners in sizes 3/16", 1mm and 2mm. Debbe's class is a learning experience combined with fun. Her class will focus on anatomy, expression and mood, muscle structure, hair texture, movement, and painting to create the realism for which she is known.  Much attention is also given to expression, thus putting life in your animal's eyes.  Debbe teaches through a combination of group discussions along with individual instruction.

Debbe Edwards has been teaching woodcarving classes for 27 years.  She began carving in 1990, and has won numerous Blue Ribbon and Best of Show awards at Woodcarving Shows and Fine Art Shows.  Debbe is nationally known for her realistic animals.  Classes are taught through group demonstration, and individual help.

You can view some of her works on her website:  www.debbeedwards.com



Jim Willis
Cost $260 + blank ($20 to $35)
Class Project: Your choice of Jim's roughouts
Tools:  Safety glove, table light, woodburner with adjustable rheostat, carving vise optional, paints, knife, #3, #5, and #7 gouges and #11 vieners, 2mm, 3mm, and 5mm regular sized gouges (not palm size). CLASS CANCELED Jim is known for his realistic animals!  Jim's class will focus its attention on the animal structure, texturing of the fur, lifelike eyes, and motion which adds to the realistic detail of the carving.  Group demonstrations and individual instruction will help you come away with a piece that you will be proud to display.  You will enjoy Jim's style of carving, so come prepared to have a good time!  You can email Jim at jwillis1022@gmail.com.  To see Jim’s work, visit his website, www.wildlife-woodcarver.com. Check Jim's roughout page on his website to view class possibilities.

  Buffalo   Howling Wolf   Woodland Santa


Class Description



Josh Guge

Josh Guge
Cost: $380 + Material/Supply Fee TBA (Wood, eyes, etc.)
Class Project: Meadow Lark
Josh will be teaching a Meadow Lark.  Students will start with tupelo cutouts.  Josh will do a series of demonstrations that will teach the students every aspect of carving and painting a realistic bird.  Josh is going to cover the intricacies of creating a soft feathered realistic look, that has made him a much sought-after instructor.  While this is a power carving class, Josh will allow students who only work with gouges and knives.  Josh will have a brand-new study cast for this project that will be provided to use throughout the class and can be purchased if desired.   Students who do not have time to finish their piece will paint the study cast.   A tool list for the class can be found at http://www.gugeinstitute.com/classes. 

The material or supply fee TBA.. A study cast will also be purchased if desired. If you have any questions, please call Josh at 224-629-0581 or email josh@gugeinstitute.com.

  Meadow Lark      



Class Description



Chris Hammack

Chris Hammack
Cost $285 + blank ($2.50 - $55.00)
Class Project: Caricatures ready to hit the beach and other projects to choose from.

Tools:  Safety Glove, assorted gouges, and knives.  Chris has won many Caricature Carving Awards and is known for his barflies, cowboys, bottle stoppers and other caricatures.   He will cover carving, painting and finishing these pieces.  He will also have an assortment of roughouts if you would like to work on another project.  Any brushes, paints, you can bring will be appreciated.  Chris will supply all the antiquing, finishing products you will need to complete the project.  Chris is also a member of the Caricature Carvers of America and you can see samples of his work at www.chrishammackart.com and www.cca-carvers.org/bio-pages/hammack.html

  Enlow Project 1   Hammack Project 2        



Randy Landen

Randy Landen
Cost $275+ blank ($25-$40)
Class Project: Human Caricature, choice of projects

Tools:  Safety glove, carving knife and standard palm tools (Optional: light, power strip, extension cord, acrylic paints, brushes and paint tray).  Randy will provide one-on-one instruction in caricature carving from his line of roughouts.  Beginning to advanced carvers are welcome.  Students may select from a number of different roughouts which can be modified based on the student’s vision for the project.  Students work at their own pace with both group and individual instruction.  As time allows, Randy will provide instruction on his acrylic-wash painting technique and antiquing process. See samples of Randy’s carvings at www.landenwoodcarving.com/gallery and www.cca-carvers.org/bio-pages/landen

  Randy Landen Proj 1   Randy Landen Biker   Randy Landen Cowboy   Randy Landen Cowboy   Randy Landen Cowboy
Class Description


Carolyn Halbrook
Cost $260 + blanks $2.00-$75.00
Class Project - Various Chip Carving and Wood Burning Projects for Beginner and Advanced
Beginning chip carvers will do a practice board (included with the class) to learn how to hold the knife and learn many basic cuts, including four different types of rosettes. Lettering instructions are also available. There is a very large assortment of projects to choose from, from small ornaments to boxes, clocks, plates of different sizes and many more items, both functional and decorative. These come in various skill levels, from beginning to advanced. Classes have many group demonstrations, as well as frequent one on one instruction.

Beginning wood burning students will also have the opportunity to do a practice board to get familiar with the different tips and the different effects possible with each one.  5” x 7” and 8” x 10”  boards of Italian Poplar will be available for projects as well as all of the ornaments, boxes, plates, etc. There will be many demonstrations and one on one instructions. 

Chip carvers will need a sharp chip carving knife. If you don’t already have one and you would like, I will help you choose a knife  when you get to class. Wood burners will need a wood burner with a small assortment of tips, usually about three. A light will be very helpful. My
Email address is: jchalbrook@comcast.net.   Website: www.carolynsartworks.com.  If you have any questions about the class, knives, project, etc. please email Carolyn.
Project Sample Thumbnails:  ( many more to chose from)

      Barn  Hub



Class Description



Charlotte (Charley) Phillips
Cost $245 + cost of blank
Class Project: Basket of Illusion with Sunflowers

Tools:  Safety Glove, common palm tools including a 16-6 V-tool or a BIGCPVC 30° V-tool, #3 & #5 ¼" gouge, #3 1/8" gouge, #3 ½" gouge and #11 gouges from ¼" to 1/2 ", ½" angle brush 3/4", flat brush and a #3 round brush. In addition, you will need a wood burner with a skew tip.  Charlotte Phillips, known to her friends as Charley, is recognized for her delicate floral carvings and female caricatures.  She has received many awards for her carvings.  She will teach a technique to carve a Sunflower basket lid and woodburn the basket.  Painting will be done with paint pens.

Class Description



Gregg Thompson and George Smith
Cost $260 - includes the first bear blank
Class Project - Beginning Woodcarving
All beginner carvers need to carve the bear first to learn the basic carving techniques.  After the bear is completed, additional projects will be available.  

While anyone can take this class, it is designed for beginners or carvers who are just getting started in the art of woodcarving.  Students will complete at least one project during seminar and will have time to start another including your choice of a Santa Bear, farmer caricature, eagle relief carving, or eagle relief carving with a flag background, Gnome, etc.  Paints and finishing supplies will be provided for the projects at no additional cost to the student.  In this class you are encouraged to ask questions, start banter, and have a great time.

Please bring quality carving tools that are sharp and ready to carve to class.  If you don’t have your tools, all tools will be available for purchase at the seminar.  Why not let your instructors help you get good tools?  All students are required to wear a safety glove, which will also be available.  When you take Gregg and George’s class, they expect you to have a lot of fun, ask a lot of questions, and have a great time. 

You will take a “field trip” during the seminar to see what other instructors and students are doing and be introduced to our wood supplier and tool vender. 

This is a fun class to take, see ya at seminar.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Gregg at 316-258-1828.

  bear   farmer   eagle   flag eagle


                Home..Instructors..Events Schedule..Non-Carving Classes..Registration Form..Lodging

Ozarks Woodcarving Seminar
John Engler at 417-209-6842 or john@johnenglerwoodcarvings.com

2010-2021 ozarkswoodcarvingseminar.com All Rights Reserved
Site By Dee Halbrook