What do we teach in our classes?
Each year we teach several projects aimed towards building carving skills and introducing different types of carving, i.e., carving in the round, relief carving, chip carving, cottonwood bark carving, etc. There is plenty of variety to keep students interested throughout the season.
When are classes conducted?
All classes are taught in the evening, beginning at 6:00P and continuing to around 8:00P. Content is taught on Tuesday and repeated on Thursday in consideration of those who have prior commitments or work schedules that conflict. You do not have to commit to a single day and can attend either or both of the sessions. Current NAWA members can join in any or all of the class sessions.
How much do classes cost?
Classes are FREE but we do ask that students join NAWA. Dues are $20.00 a year and must be paid at or before the first class session. Instructors sell blanks for each project at a nominal fee, generally around $4 (except cottonwood bark or relief blanks which may be slightly more).
What tools are needed for classes?
A SHARP carving knife, optional chip carving knife, strop, and grinding compound, carving glove, and thumb guard are the basic tools needed. If you do not have these items and wish to purchase them at club cost, they will be available at the first class at an average cost of $45.
From time to time, we are made aware of special classes and/or workshops offered by one of our members or by area woodcarvers or organizations. If we find out about these opportunities, we will post them on our News page and in the Calendar.
We offer 2 beginner carving classes each year, January through May; one session on Tuesdays and one session on Thursdays, all at Oak Park Baptist Church.
You do not have to be a beginner to take classes.
The class times, dates, and projects are included in the Calendar (link above).