Instructors for the 22nd Annual Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop
​August 14 - 17, 2018

1.  Wes Spadgenske will be leading a class in carving Lady Slippers, the state flower of Minnesota. Students will have their choice of wood for this project, aromatic red cedar blanks, which are very highly figured and very colorful, and beautiful with a clear finish, or Basswood blanks for those who want to bring their painting materials and references. The project is about 9 inches tall, and all the parts will cost $20.00 per flower. It will be very possible to complete more than one flower in class. Tools needed: SHARP knives and palm tools, especially gouges for creating the leaves, a bench hook would be handy, and Sandpaper in varying grits. Skill level: anyone who has completed a beginner class or the equivalent.


2. Dan Haack will teach carving caricatures and wood spirits. You can bring a rough-out of your choice or if you want Dan to provide one, contact him at least 6 weeks before the workshop. Material for the wood spirit will be provided. His email is Phone 715-4901029.  Tools needed: a sharp knife and palm tools. Rough out provided varies between $20 -$30.  Material for wood spirits $5 - $10. Skill level intermediate and above.

5. Sophie Kubisiak will teach Chip Carving for the beginner and more experienced learners.  Kits provided will include a choice of boxes, crosses, or a plate project for advanced carvers. Tools needed: A chip carving knife, Elmer’s Rubber Cement.  Cost $25.00 - $30 for the start-up kit.  No experience necessary.

8. Denny Neubauer will be making a knife, a tin can forge and carving little people, 2-8 inches tall. You will learn how to forge a knife blade out of round stock or a drill bit to a completed knife. There will be a variety of hardwoods to choose from including cholla cactus for your handles. We will also make a tincan forge using plaster, sand and the  soup can.

Last of all we will be carving little people with the knife they created. Cost of supplies is $45.

11. James Thalacker will teach how to carve and burn a rainbow trout in basswood. Fans will be carved separately and inserted.  The fish can be left in its natural finish or wood burned with scales and painted at a later date. (Maybe in a class next year!!??) Jim will furnish the cut out, all fans to be inserted, glass eyes, patterns and transfer paper.  Students should bring a variety of carving tools, small and large, gouges, V tools, a small draw knife, sandpaper both course and fine, dockard size hand tools or palm tools.  If you wish to wood burn scales on the fish also bring some type wood burner. If you want the pattern early and the cutout let me know. If you have any questions please feel free to call, text, or email me at 563-580-5834 or class fee is $90.00 and $15.00 for material.

6.  Dave Kublank who has done flatplane carving in the past will teach a class in spoon carving. Several blanks will be provided, from utility to decorative. A regular carving knife and carving glove are needed. A # 5 or 7 bent gouge is handy. Sand paper and finish will be provided. There will be a cost for each project.

13. Dorothy Huse and Sylvia Kendzior will be teaching a variety of gourd art. Students will make 3 group projects, an egg, a dreamer, and an apple. We will start with the egg on Tuesday. We will give instructions and demonstrate each project, During the week you will be able to try the Proxxon Mini Saw and the Master Pro Carver as well as use the ink and alcohol dyes.  Class fee $40.

7. Gordy Moscinski will teach a beginning carving class that will cover basic carving techniques including the safe use of carving tools, sharpening and finishes.  The four carvings: a duck, shoe, Santa, and a relief carving will give the participant a chance to explore the different aspects of carving. Class fee $35 for blanks supplied. Knives will be available for purchase at the workshop.

4. Larry Stenzel will be teaching Wood Burning Basics. He will cover tools, safety, a variety of techniques for shading and textures, coloring, finishing, and displaying your work of art.  Wood will be supplied for several projects, as well as graphite paper, red pens, and erasers.  He will have many patterns that you can use – or you can bring your own.  Tools needed: a variable-temperature wood burner and tips. Class fee: $40.

12. Lee Belanger will teach a class on carving a basswood "Whimsical Gnome Home". Tools needed: Sloyd knife, ( if you have one) detail knife, bench knife, Dockyard micro carving tools, power carving tools, and normal carving tools. Cost of materials : $10.00 which includes one piece of basswood. Intermediate and above skill level. Class fee: $25:00.

9. Elaine and Fred Stenman will be back to lead a class in low relief woodcarving.  A suggested tool list will be sent.  A good wood burning tool such as Detail Master, Colwood is desirable. They will have new projects to select from: Class fee -$30.00. Any questions? Call 888-253-2132 or e-mail

10. Greg Wirtz will teach relief carving and will have multiple patterns to choose from.  Greg will have some new wildlife animal patterns from which to choose.  Tools needed: Sharp knife, gouges, especially #3s, #5s, V, and whatever other hand gouges you might have along with your own paint brushes. All else will be provided. All skill levels. Class fee $25 depending on size and type of wood.

3. Bob Harris will be painting and carving a Baltimore Oriole.  When class registration is completed, an oriole blank will be sent to you to carve prior to class.  A pattern, eyes, and a paint list will be included . Emphasis will be painting techniques of a female oriole (a challenge) but those who wish to paint the male, may do so, instruction will be provided for both. Painting techniques apply for both male/female, just different values of color. Blank and eyes will be $20.00, paid first day of class.