Thanks for starting this topic. I have to say that woodcarvers share their information and resources generously every place I’ve gone, including the Internet. Woodcarvers are a special breed of people who love their art, love their fellow artists and loves promoting their form of art to help other get started.
There are many areas and events where seminars are offered free. One of this is the Evart Roundup in Evart Michigan June 16th through the 19th. About the only cost is a few dollars for a block of wood. Typically 500 carvers come and attend a bunch of seminars (I’m guessing about 40 seminars or more).
There is also the same type of event in Faribault Minnesota, called the Woodcarver’s Festival, the weekend of August 21 and 22. Lots of demonstrations and seminars. This also promises to be a real learning experience for free or just a few dollars for a block of wood.
I also have the GOW (Gathering Of Woodcarvers) here at my shop, The Carving Shop, in Somonauk Illinois, September 21 through the 25, There will be about 9 instructors holding about 20 seminars, also for free or a few dollars for the block of wood. About 40 carvers attend camping at my shop or staying in the Super 8.
These are just the ones I’ll be teaching at. There are many more like this around this country and Canada. The friendship and education are very valuable and well worth the effort to go.
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