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Intro to Woodcarving and Whittling

Dates: October 1, 2022

Meets: Sa from 9 AM to 1 PM

Registration Fee: $45.00

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Dreaming of sitting on the porch or around the campfire, whittling away? Experience the fun of hand carving delightful home ware, human and animal figures from pre-cut basswood blanks while learning what tool works best for gouging & decorating techniques. Explore different types and styles of carving from simple chip carving and whimsical whittling to the popular flat-plane or "Refsal style" figure carving. Choose from a variety of project blanks ranging from very simple and easy for beginners to more challenging for experienced carvers. Tools and a safety mesh glove will be available to borrow or purchase during the class, or students may bring their own tools and safety glove. Ages 16 & up.

Fee: $45.00

Arne Bortnem

Raised on a farm east of Nunda, SD, I attended a one room country school, Rutland High School, and majored in English at Augustana College. I volunteered for a tour with the U S Army in Germany. After a year of teaching language arts at the Flandreau Middle School, I decided to learn how to be a sculptor and went to work at the Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills. In Custer I met a talented artist, who mentored me in the art of wood carving, and a female industrial arts teacher from the Marty Indian School whom I married! I now live in Sioux Falls where I carve wood and manage rental property.


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