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Red River Valley Woodcarvers

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

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February Class/Meeting Changes

Our February Class and Meeting has been moved to February 4th. The meeting will be at In the Chips, 303 21st St N, Moorhead.

November meeting cancelled

Due to an event happening at the American Legion, our November meeting has been cancelled.

Summer Schedule

We do not have our club meetings during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean we don’t carve together June through August. Please consider joining us:

Tuesdays – we meet at the Holms Center in Detroit Lakes from 12-4.

Thursdays – We meet at the Moorhead American Legion from 11-4.

Old World Chip Carving March 5

Shelf Wizard class January 8, 9-4

Spoon Carving Class – December 11, 9-4pm

Red River Valley Wood Carving club member, Chris Pinotti will be teaching how to carve a decorative spoon out of basswood. The designs include variations of the celtic knot. Chris assures us that although it looks complicated, it can be completed by a beginner. More experienced carvers can add elements for more of a challenge.


This is a project a beginner can do, but some experience with carving is beneficial. You will use a knife, v-tool, and some gouges. There are tools to borrow if you don’t have any. Please note on the registration form.


The class is $35 paid to Red River Valley Woodcarvers a materials fee of $10 paid to Chris on the day of the class. You must pre-register for the class. You do not need to be a member to take the class.


Our classes are held at the Moorhead American Legion Post 21 at 303 N. 30st St. Class starts at 9:00 am, with a break at 10:30 for the Red River Valley Woodcarvers meeting. After the meeting is lunch. A cheeseburger basket is included in the class fee. You will need to purchase your own beverage. You are welcome to go out for lunch, but no outside food or drink is allowed in the Legion.


“Red River Valley Woodcarvers” and “American Legion Post 21” are not responsible for any injuries or illness incurred relating to this class.
Learn more about our organization and future classes on our webpage Red River Valley Woodcarvers .

Click below for the mail in registration form.

Working Fish Decoy Class Date Change to October 16

This class is now on October 16,2021

Master fish carver John Randash will teach a class on carving a working fish decoy. Class will consist of carving a weighted basswood decoy blank and finishing it with an innovative paint technique. The class will also create a display for the decoy.

This is a project a beginner can do, but some experience with carving is beneficial. You will use a knife, v-tool, and some gouges. There are tools to borrow if you don’t have any. Please note on the registration form.

The class is $35 paid to Red River Valley Woodcarvers and a materials fee of $20 paid to John on the day of the class. You must pre-register for the class as it will fill up quickly.

Our classes are held at the Moorhead American Legion Post 21 at 303 N. 30st St. Class starts at 9:00 am, with a break at 10:30 for the Red River Valley Woodcarvers meeting. After the meeting is lunch. A cheeseburger basket is included in the class fee. You will need to purchase your own beverage. You are welcome to go out for lunch, but no outside food or drink is allowed in the Legion.

“Red River Valley Woodcarvers” and “American Legion Post 21” are not responsible for any injuries or illness incurred relating to this class.

“Picnic” July 17, 11:00

We will be holding our summer “picnic” at the Moorhead American Legion. Spouses and families are welcome to attend. As was discussed at our May meeting, the club will not be purchasing the meals. On Saturday they only offer their cheeseburger basket for $6 plus the cost of a drink. We hope to see you there!

Date Changes

The April and May meetings have been moved back a week. The new dates are April 10 and May 8.

For the April meeting there is not a formal class. Dick will be doing an eye study stick starting at 9:00 for those that are interested. In the afternoon there will be some other small projects you may elect to do. You can also feel free to bring a project of your own to work on.

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