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Upcoming events

    • 8 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 15 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    • 4
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    If this class is full, please join the waitlist 

    Carving a Wood Spirt Class

    July 8 and 15, 10:00 am

    Terry Burnside has been carving for 20 years and has done a hundred+ wood spirits.

    Zoom Meeting
    (Link will be sent out when you register, and one day before the class)

    DESCRIPTION

    This class has two sessions a week apart.  

    This class is designed for those not familiar with carving a wood spirit, beginners, delivered in two live Zoom sessions.  Terry developed his techniques over 20 years, learning from two different carving professionals.  The course is hands on, and the material will be wooden dowels you provide.  Students need a carving glove, strop and three carving tools - a carving knife, V tool and a deepish gouge gouges (like #11, #9 or #8) in 1/4 or 3/16 widths), palm or long handled. If you need tools, glove or strop we might be able to find loaners.  The class outline is:

    1. Introduction to carving and history of wood spirit carving
    2. Proportions of facial features for the size of the material
    3. Sharpening demonstration
    4. A demonstration of each step followed by carving time and QA – NOTE – This will occupy the most time
    5. Recap and list of wood spirit carving guides and materials
    6. Explore interest in future projects, such as the Green Man


    On-Line Demo

    Please register so we can send you the Zoom link and follow-up after the meeting.  For questions contact Terry Burnside at terry.burnside@gmail.com.

    Note:  If you have never participated in a Zoom meeting contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com at least several days in advance to help you.



    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    • 2
    Register

    Relief Carving Workshop

    Registration Deadline is one week before the class (7/3).  If full, add yourself to the waitlist

    Six 90 minute weekly sessions - online only

    The link will be sent once you register

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    Mack Sutter taught carving for 40 years using a series of 12 relief patterns that became progressively more difficult.  This workshop will carve the first three patterns as shown.  Depending on student interest, more sessions might be added to carve other patterns.  This series is designed for beginners but more experienced carvers are welcome.

    DATES/TIMES - Six consecutive Saturdays, 9:30 - 11:00 AM.

    COST - free except for materials ($16) and any shipping charges

    Tuition is waived because we are testing concepts and processes.  Four Basswood blanks will be provided including one for practice.  Free loaner tool sets with six tools are usually available to be mailed or picked up at the Instructor's home near Beaverton.  Cost to mail the wood and tools is $15.50, plus your cost to mail the tools back.

    WORKSHOP LEADER is Larry Wade.  This is different than a typical "class" where you would be spoon-fed but rather it is a collaborative effort to explore how to carve each project.  

    ONLINE ONLY

    A goal of the workshop is to test the feasibility of teaching and learning online.  Each weekly session will nominally be 90 minutes with some time for carving but most of the carving will be done privately between sessions.

    ZOOM - students must be comfortable using Zoom

    Zoom Participant Information and recommendations - HERE

    WOOD - You will need four pieces of Basswood (or your alternative) exactly 7" wide x 8 1/2" tall with grain oriented vertically in the range of 3/4" to 1" thick.  You can mill your own but it is far easier if you use the prepared material.  Three are for the projects and one is for practice.  They will need to be picked up at the instructor's house a little north of Beaverton or they can be mailed to you USPS Priority mail for $15.50.

    REQUIRED BOOK - 
    You will need to buy "The Book of Wood Carving" by Charles Marshall Sayers, cost new is about $12, but about half that if used at Amazon, Abebooks.com or elsewhere.  Originally published in 1942 and reprinted by Dover, Mack Sutter used three of his projects from this book.  It is a pithy resource and one worth owning and reading in its own right. 

    TOOLS - 
    Loaner tools are available for no charge.  You will need a strop, which we can sell for $20 if needed.  You will also need green honing compound or AutoSol Metal Polish (about $12).  If you provide your own tools you will need the following, either long or palm handed.

    Carving knife (detail, longish blade)

    V tool - 10mm 35 or 45 degree preferred, 60 degree OK (6 or 8mm OK)

    #11/1 mm (nothing wider)

    #3/10 (wider OK)

    #5/16 mm

    #9/10 mm  this width is required for the first project


    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • 92
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    Regular Monthly Meeting and Program

    The Zoom link will be sent again after registering, but it is
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84544226169?pwd=RkdaQjNzcFptNUgzWkVUQktvakI3QT09

    We are planning a short member meeting to discuss plans, followed by a fun opportunity to see the current and past carving works of members, otherwise know as Show-N-Tell.  

    Jim Hall provided an opportunity to take photos of his very large and impressive collection, and we'll have more examples of the deep relief floral carvings from the Mack Sutter Collection.

    We hope you will contribute photos of your work, current or past, simple or elegant, in progress or finished.  These could include pieces from a recent or past class, or could be a design or photo of something you aspire to carve.  The essence of any club is SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE, so please do.

    Please register so we can notify you if there are any changes.  

    Larry Wade, President
    Oregon Carvers Guild


    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Larry's backyard, near Murray Blvd exit off Hwy 26
    • 91
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    First in-person meeting - outdoors

    We expect that by August we'll be able to stick our toe in the water with an in-person gathering.  If the Covid situation changes, we'll reschedule.  

    We expect this to be both social and informative.  We'll have a potluck and cookout at a westside location (Larry's backyard), and some demos.  Diana Larabee loves working with green wood and will show some examples and demonstrate how she uses axes, Mora knives and spoon gouges to create spoons and other useful things.  Terry Burnside will demonstrate some of his wood spirit and Santa carvings, partly as an introduction to his upcoming classes.  We're also hoping that Masa Nitani can make it to show some of his techniques for Japanese carving, including texturing.

    We expect that everyone will make responsible choices for masking and distancing, depending on their vaccination status and personal health situations, including staying away.  The weather should be good, and there is enough space to be safe.

    PLEASE REGISTER AND HELP

    Please register so we can notify you if there are any changes.  

    The club will supply Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, plates and silverware and drinks.  We would appreciate pot luck offerings such as salads, deserts, snacks or  bring chicken or other main dishes to share.  Let us know what you can do in the registration process.

    Larry Wade, President
    Oregon Carvers Guild


    • 31 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    • 1
    Register


    Interest List  

    Carving a Wood Spirt Class

    July or August, depending on interest

    Terry Burnside has been carving for 20 years and has done hundred + wood spirits.

    Zoom Meeting - Link will be sent out when you register

    DESCRIPTION

    This class has been taught twice now and when there is enough interest, a specific third class will be scheduled.  Those on this Interest List will be contacted directly to try to find a date and time that works for everyone, or at least the critical number of people.

    This eventual class will have two sessions, one week apart.  

    This class is designed for those not familiar with carving a wood spirit, beginners, delivered in two live Zoom sessions.  Terry developed his techniques over 20 years, learning from two different carving professionals.  The course is hands on, and the material will be wooden dowels you provide.  Students need a carving glove, strop and three carving tools - a carving knife, V tool and a deepish gouge gouges (like #11, #9 or #8) in 1/4 or 3/16 widths), palm or long handled. If you need tools, glove or strop we might be able to find loaners.  The class outline is:

    1. Introduction to carving and history of wood spirit carving
    2. Proportions of facial features for the size of the material
    3. Sharpening demonstration
    4. A demonstration of each step followed by carving time and QA – NOTE – This will occupy the most time
    5. Recap and list of wood spirit carving guides and materials
    6. Explore interest in future projects, such as the Green Man


    On-Line Demo

    Please register so we can send you the Zoom link and follow-up after the meeting.  For questions contact Terry Burnside at terry.burnside@gmail.com.

    Note:  If you have never participated in a Zoom meeting contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com at least several days in advance to help you.



    • 1 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Interest List - Relief Carving Workshop

    This is NOT a class, just a place for you to express your interest in taking one in the future.


    OREGON CARVERS GUILD - is the sponsoring organization but the eventual workshop is open to members of any carving club.

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    This is an "interest list" for now, intended to see who is interested in taking the workshop .  There is no obligation or cost to put your name on this list, except to dialog and explore further.

    Mack Sutter taught carving for 40 years using a series of 12 relief patterns that become progressively more difficult.  The eventual workshop will focus on carving the first panel in this series and a second one of the student's choice depending on their skills and interests.  Ideally and over time, each of the 12 designs will be attempted by some student so we can build up a knowledge base on how future classes can evolve.

    DATES/TIMES - tentatively scheduled for five consecutive Mondays starting Nov 23rd thru Dec 21st, at 10:00 AM (subject to change)

    COST - free except for materials and possibly postage

    Tuition is waived for this first-ever workshop because we are testing concepts and processes.  Two Basswood blanks are expected to cost $15.  Loaner tool sets of six tools are provided to be picked up at the Guild Library or Instructor's home near Beaverton.  Cost to mail to you is $20, but you mail the tools back.

    WORKSHOP LEADER is Larry Wade.  This is different than a typical "class" where you will be spoon-fed but rather a collaborative effort to explore how to carve each project.  Larry has a decent carving background but is not an expert.

    ONLINE ONLY

    One goal of the eventual workshop is to test the feasibility of teaching and learning online.  Each weekly session will nominally be 90 minutes with most of the carving being done privately in-between, with the possibility of private online one-on-one coaching sessions.

    ZOOM - students must be comfortable using Zoom

    Zoom Participant Information and recommendations - HERE

    TOOLS - 
    All students are expected to use the tools provided in order to verify that the designs can be done with just them. 


    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    Interest List - Santa Carving

    This is NOT a class, just a place for you to express your interest in taking one in the future.

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    This is an "interest list" for now, a way for you to let us know you would seriously like to participate.  There is no obligation or cost to sign up.

    Terry Burnside will teach a two session Santa carving class using a turned Basswood egg.  The class is as much about creating a Santa as it is learning techniques and experiencing using eggs as a means for carving a wide variety of objects, including caricatures, comfort animals and ornaments.   Carved egg objects make wonderful gifts.

    DATES/TIMES - tentatively scheduled for two consecutive Saturday mornings but the exact start dates will depend on interest, Covid and room availability.

    COST - free except for about $10 for eggs.  You supply the tools.

    INSTRUCTOR is Terry Burnside..

    ONLINE for Now - As Covid allows, we will hold this class at different times in both online and in-person formats.

    ZOOM - students must be comfortable using Zoom

    TOOLS - 
    Four tools are likely required, similar to the wood spirits class - a knife, v tool, and two gouges, in addition to a safety glove and thumb guard.


    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBD, hopefully Multnomah Art Center, some on Zoom
    Register

    Interest List - Beginning Carving

    This is NOT a class, just a place for you to express your interest in taking one in the future.

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    This is an "interest list" for now, a way for you to let us know you would seriously like to participate.  There is no obligation or cost to sign up.

    We have created a new carving class series for beginners.  It is a progression of seven lessons spread over approximately ten weeks.  The projects are classic, and the tools simple, but the lessons are foundational.

    We hope that even more experienced carvers will participate in order to refresh their skills, learn new ones, and start being prepared to either teach part of the series or become a mentor to budding students.

    DATES/TIMES - tentatively scheduled for ten consecutive Saturday mornings but the exact start dates will depend on interest, Covid and room availability.

    COST - tuition is free for now.  There will be some low cost for wood, and you will either have to buy a few tools and supplies, or rent some from us.

    INSTRUCTOR is TBD, probably different ones for the various projects.

    ONLINE or Face to Face? - We hope that by Fall 2021 that Covid restrictions will ease so we can safely teach face to face.  Some parts of this might be via Zoom.

    ZOOM - students must be comfortable using Zoom

    TOOLS - 
    We're still figuring this out.  We will have some tool sets, strops and gloves available for rent but we hope students will quickly fall in love with carving and invest in their own tools and supplies.


Address: Oregon Carvers Guild, 3110 NW Linmere Dr, Portland, Oregon 97229
Email: oregoncarvers@gmail.com

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