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Bird Carving   

This course will introduce students to the world of bird carving. This is a great class for beginners and experienced carvers alike. We will focus on song birds commonly found in the sub-boreal forest of the Lake Superior region. Of course, each bird is different but the general form, anatomy, and carving techniques are transferable to many carving projects. In the course we will acquaint ourselves with bird anatomy to help develop an eye for the finished forms that we’re trying to achieve. Students will learn various knife grasps to effectively and safely shape wooden blanks. We will discuss material selection as well as tool sharpening so students can continue developing their skills at home. The carved and painted details bring these carvings to life. We will discuss paint, painting techniques, and other finishing details along the way. Students may purchase additional blanks to take home with them.

Required Tools

  • Pencil
  • Fixed blade straight knife (I commonly use a Mora carving knife. Both the Mora knife and Harley knife from Pinewood Forge are carried in the North House school store. Call ahead for availability.)

Optional Tools

  • Feel free to bring other carving tools such as small gouges, v-tools, and knives.

  • Bird Carving
    3/14/2023 - 3/16/2023

  • Tuition:  $285.00

  • Materials Fee:  $50.00 - payable at registration


  • Instructor:  Mike Loeffler

  • Capacity Remaining:  1



  • Dates:  3/14/2023 - 3/16/2023

  • Times:  9am-5pm each day


  • This course is part of Wood Week 2023. Plan to stay a day after class to participate in the Carver’s Conference, held March 17, featuring demonstrations, speakers, and community gatherings throughout the day.