MAY 4th, 2019
Klingspor's Woodworking Shop, Fletcher, NC (near Asheville, NC) Please join us, if you can, on Saturday, May 4th, for a full day of Chip Carving. Although intended for Beginners, anyone who has had former Chip Carving experience is welcome to join us. We're going to pack a lot into one day. It's going to be fun! Please call the Klingspor in Fletcher, NC store (828-687-3940) to register. Feel free to call me with questions at 828-226-6040. You'll find more information, including links to a full class description, photos, schedules, and more on my Classes website page. [Download Full Class Description]
AUGUST 2nd-4th, 2019
Piedmont Wood Carvers Club, beginner_Chip_Carving_class_08.02.19.doc Mauldin (near Greenville), SC
Also, on the Classes page, you'll find a unique offering that I consider a tribute to the long-standing (and still going strong) woodcarving career of my carving instructor, mentor, and friend, Wayne Barton. In this class, we'll carve his original pattern (with his blessing, of course) on custom-made (based on Wayne's unique plate design), on a 12" Butternut plate, or an optional 12" Basswood plate. This Chip Carving project also includes sculpting and piercing several areas around the plate's rim, making this a truly unique chip carving opportunity. The class is limited to 10 intermediate to advanced level chip carvers (members and non-members of the Piedmont Wood Carvers Club), so it may fill quickly.
Because of the unique custom turned plates and equally unique design patterns, anyone interested in the Class, should call me first (828-226-6040) to discuss and reserve plate his/her preferred plate before going on-line to register for the class, This is spelled out more clearly on the Classes page referenced above.
[Download Full Class Description]
If you are interested in having a Chip Carving Class in your area, or a private class for 1 to 6 people at my studio in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, please let me know.
I recently received an invitation to teach a series of classes next summer at the "Creede Woodcarvers Rendezvous" in Creede, Colorado, July 11-17, 2020. I'm very excited about the opportunity to meet and work with other woodcarvers in a new part of the Country. I'm putting together plans for the classes I'll offer during those seven days so that pre-registration can be done by those who will attend the "Rendezvous" this July. I'll report more here when I have more information. If you have an interest and would like to know more about what I'll be teaching, please give me a call at 828-226-6040.
To learn more about the event, visit; https://www.creedewoodcarvers.com/
Finally, about that Ready-to-Carve Special Offer!
I followed the lead of hundreds of squirrels this past Fall and stashed away (built up inventory of) the two new Ready-to-Carve 8" flat beaded edge basswood plates with printed patterns - preparing for a more "official" introduction. This is it. Listen. Do you hear the trumpets sounding? Maybe that was just in my head.
At any rate, please visit the Store to view the photos and descriptions of each. You'll receive a 20% discount - that's $5.55 off the retail price of each plate purchased!
- 8" Beaded Edge Plate with 18-point center "Swirl" design, surrounded by multiple levels and styles of Fan patterns, or...
- 8" Beaded Edge Plate with 12-point center Rosette, surrounded by a stylized Leaf border pattern
To take your 20% discount, enter the Discount Code: 20off8x8R2C when prompted during Checkout. There's no limit on how many you can purchase.
This offer will be available through May 31, 2019.
Not just this Newsletter, but a couple of important announcements
I'm going to cover just two items right now (more to come next week)
1) For all of my friends, and fans of the Ready-to-Carve Product Line - especially those of you who have been asking for new designs - two have just been added and are ready to ship. Both are done on 8" Flat Beaded Edge Basswood Plates.
- Twelve Point Rosette surrounded by a stylized leaf border
- Eighteen point Swirl Center surrounded by a variety of Fan patterns.
Both are listed in the "Storefront": http://www.carolinamountainreefs.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
2) Many have asked about Classes. There are two scheduled & I hope to have several more before long. Rather than wait, let me tell you about those two.
May 4, 2019 at Klingspor's Woodworking Shop in Fletcher, NC (near Asheville)
We're trying something new for beginners this year. We're going to pack a lot of learning and a lot of fun into one Saturday. For a more complete description, please visit my Classes page:
and Klingspor's as well (scroll about midway down the page)
August 2-04, 2019 at the Mauldin Cultural Center in Mauldin, SC
(This is where the Piedmont Woodcarvers Club meets - PWCC)
Also known as "The Greenville Club"
Scroll down a bit further on that "Classes" page and you'll see this one
It is considered an Intermediate to Advanced Class. Read about it at
That's it for now friends. There'll be more coming on Classes, Products, Shows, and an exciting announcement about a new Ready-to-Carve Partnership!
Chip Carving Fundamentals Class
November 2-3, 2018
The Sawtooth School for Visual Art
Located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC
Is hosting it's first Chip Carving Class
Register now to assure you have a seat
This "Fundamentals" class is open to those who have no prior
Woodcarving experience, as well as those who want to "refresh"
what they've previously learned about Chip Carving
NO ADD-ON COSTS!
The School provides the use of all tools, supplies, and wood
that will be used in the Class
It's a great opportunity to gain new insights to get you started
or move you to the next level
For more information, copy and paste this URL into your web browser:
Or contact Bill Johnson at: