Carve a Pair of Courting Rails with Rich Smoker

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Carve a Pair of Courting Rails with Rich Smoker

Learn to carve a pair of stylized birds with renowned master carver Rich Smoker.

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Period Three
1:00 pm
Period Four
2:30 pm
Period Five
4:00 pm
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Students will carve, finish and paint a pair of stylized courting Virginia Rails in a very expressive manner. The instructor is a master carver who will share his wisdom and experience about carving wood, bringing life to a bird sculpture, as well as demonstrate his finishing techniques. Finished sculpture will be signed, then mounted on brass rods on a finished hard wood base. You will be creating a sculpture you can treasure forever!

Rich Smoker is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, which is the highest honor in folk and traditional arts.

NOTE: This is a 3 period class!

Limit: 10 students, ages 16 and up

Materials Fee: $50 includes wood blanks, the hard wood stand that finished work will be on, all the fillers, the glass eyes, paint, brass rods.

Students should bring:

  • work apron
  • materials to take notes
  • cell phone to photograph process or demonstrated techniques
  • If student has their own carving set and whetstone bring it!

NOTE: Full materials list will be sent to students after registering.


Something For Everyone

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