Red River Valley Woodcarvers

"To promote camaraderie among woodcarvers and encourage the continuance of the art through education, public display, and civic involvement."


February 2018

Beginner Classes

Adult Intro to Carving 101
Saturday 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Sunday 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Cost: FREE
Registration form (print and mail in)

We will be offering two beginning woodcarving classes for adults 18 years and older, with no carving experience.  The class will focus on carving safety, the proper use of carving tools, the intricacies of wood grain and basic knife techniques.  Tools, safety equipment and wood project cut-out will be provided.  the first class is held on Saturday April 14, and the second is held on Sunday, April 15.  Classes are limited to 12 students per class.  Students may only take one class.  Classes will be taught and staffed by experienced members of the Red River Valley Woodcarvers Club.

These classes are sponsored by the Red River Valley Woodcarvers in the hopes that others will experience the same joy of woodcarving that they have.


Beginning Youth Carving
Ages 10-17
Cost: $2
Registration form (print and mail in)

Wayne Hankel will once again be teaching this class, and former students are welcome!  The class will meet Saturday morning on April 14, 2018.  Class times will depend on number of participants and will be determined after registration closes.  Deadline for registering is April 10th.


Bob Jones Chip Carving Class

April 14, 15. 8:00-11:00
Cost: $40.00 + blank

Registration form (print and mail in)

Learn the basics of chip carving. Practice the two positions for holding the chip carving knife and gain experience with Traditional and Old chip carve sample

World cuts. Learn to design and trace chip carving patterns. included in the materials are one practice board and your choice of one Christmas ornament blank. Select from: Christmas tree, star, bell, ornament or an octagon.


Additional blanks will be available for purchase. Each participant will need to provide their own chip carving knife.

Chip carving uses different tools than the usual carving tools. Pictured below are chip carving knives.

Rick Brereton Relief Carving

ricks project

April 14, 15. 8:00-11:00
Cost: $40.00 + blank

Registration form (print and mail in)

Students will carve a bald eagle head in high relief style from a basswood panel 8″ x 8″ x 3/4″ with pattern. Rick will focus on wood removal techniques to bring out the bald eagle head; then emphasis on shaping the head; and the process for undercutting to “push out” the project. Students will finish the project on their own time, and various finishes will be discussed.

Tools required: assortment of palm or long handled tools, including a knife and at least a 1/2″ #3 gouge. Students are encouraged to bring a bench hook and glove for safety. No power tools.

Featured Carving Instructor – Debbe Edwards

Debbe Edwards is a Native American Indian sculptor from Northeast Oklahoma.  She is a member of the Cherokee Nation.  Animals have always been a  big part of her life, from raising wild animals to training and raising Quarter Horses.  She credits her grandfather for teaching her respect, patience, love, and deep insight about all animals.  Debbie began carving in 1990 and has been teaching woodcarving classes for 24 years.  Debbe has won numerous awards at Woodcarving Shows and Fine Art Shows.   You can view some of her work at

Debbe’s classes are a learning opportunity combined with the fun of carving a realistic animal. Her classes focus on the anatomy of the animal, muscle structure, hair movement and painting to create the realism that Debbe is known for. Much attention is also given to expression, thus putting life into the animal’s eyes. Debbe teaches through a combination of group discussion and individual instruction.

Suggested tools for both classes: safety glove, knife, #3 and #5 gouges, 1/2″ and 1/4″ U gouges, veiners in sizes 3/16″, 1 mm, and 2 mm and a wood burner if you have one.

Debbe Edwards’ classes are being subsidized in part with grant monies made possible by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.  This is an incredible opportunity to be able to work with a nationally known artist at these reduced prices.

Registration form (print and mail in)

Class Project: Rabbit
April 13, 14, 15; Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday and Sunday 8:00-11:00
Cost: $100.00 + blank ($19)

The rabbit is the featured class during the show.

Class Project: Snow Leopard
April 16, 17; 9:00-5:00 with break for lunch
Cost: $100.00 + blank ($24)

This class is held at “In the Chips” 303 N. 21st St, Moorhead, MN

The Snow Leopard will be the after show class at In the Chips.

Head carving with Maynard Hemmah

March 3- Head carving with Maynard Hemmah

Click here for printable registration form.

We will be carving a caricature head of your choice.   Maynard will cover the basic techniques of the process and you will be able to choose which head you would like to do.  Extra blanks will be available.  The class will not include painting.

Class will run from 9am to 4pm and is limited to 12 students.  The fee is $30.00 per student payable to the Red River Valley Woodcarvers. The class materials fee of $3-5 per blank to be purchased from the instructor.

Lunch will not be provided but there are many venues available in the area.

Pre-registration is required in order for In the Chips and the instructor to be prepared for the class.  Please print and mail the registration form to “In The Chips” with a $15.00 deposit to reserve your place in class.

Call 218-233-6000 or email for any questions or concerns.

         Date: March 3, 2018

         Time: 9am – 4 pm

         Cost: $30.00

         Materials: $3-5 per blank

         Location: “In the Chips”, 302 21st. St. N., Moorhead, MN

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