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** If you are interested in being an instructor for a future Carv-Fest

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Below are some of our past and current instructors:

Sharon Bechtold: (Illinois) As a third generation artist Sharon grew up around a variety of art materials, tools and the encouragement that have been instrumental to her development. After completing studies in commercial art, fine art, and photography, Sharon worked as a graphic designer in the family business. Her oil paintings, watercolors, and pyrographs, have won numerous awards and been represented by galleries throughout the Chicago area. Since 1988 she has taught art both at the adult level and children’s classes. Since 2000 she has devoted herself to Pyrography, developing her own unique style, based on classical art principles, in order to render a realistic image guided by inspiration. “Woodburning is … an echo of time, …a whisper of all that lives, …a memory of all that dies.” Sharon Bechtold

Steve Brown (Kentucky) Steve, a native of Madisonville, KY, began carving in 1977. Specializing in caricature carving, he has won numerous national and international awards. Steve is fast becoming one of America’s most respected carvers. Although, best known for his caricatures, he is equally talented at carving realistic figures. Steve offers private lessons, conducts several seminars annually and is the author of Carving Pen Figures and Carving Figural Kaleidoscopes. Visit www.sbrownwoodcarving.com

Nancy Dardis: (Minnesota) Nancy does commission woodburning pieces for clients throughout the US. She specializes in wildlife, animals, eagles, hawks. Excellent instructor and well-organized classes .. you'll have a lot of fun!

Marty Dolphens: (Nebraska) Marty discovered woodcarving over 30 years ago. He has been teaching his art form for 25 years through weekly classes in the Omaha area, where he lives with his wife and family. He has taught workshops in the Midwest, as well as Canada. Marty enjoys judging woodcarving competitions and promoting the art of carving. For more information go to his website at www.martydolphenscarving.com or contact him at cutman1@yahoo.com.


Everett Ellenwood (Minnesota) I'm Everett Ellenwood, an award winning carver who specializes in carving realistic human faces. A number of my carvings have won "Best of Show" awards and many have been published in "Chip Chats" carving magazine. I've been a woodcarver for over 30 years and for the past 20 plus years I've taught all levels of carving from beginners to advanced in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Arizona, Florida, Missouri and Arkansas. For a number of years I also did commission carving and restoration carving. I have items throughout the United States and some foreign countries. For 17 years I was an independent distributor of carving supplies and "pre-sharpened" carving tools. Over my many years of carving, teaching and selling pre-sharpened carving tools, I perfected a unique, easy to learn, sharpening technique which I've taught to hundreds of carvers with excellent response. My sharpening technique was so well received that my students kept telling me to make a video on sharpening. The video is called "Sharpening Simplified", and with it you can be my next student. By popular demand, I now have a new Book and DVD entitled "Beginning Woodcarving .... sold nation-wide. ." Visit www.ellenwoodarts.com.

Don Fischer: (Minnesota) Don Fischer grew up in rural Southwestern Minnesota, and now resides in Cottonwood, MN.  He started woodcarving just over 20 years ago, carving mostly human figures and whimsicals.  One of his specialties is carving caricatures of real people on a commission basis.  Don has been instructing woodcarving to classes and individuals in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota during the past 12 years.  Recently retired he now has more time for carving and instructing.

Leah Goddard: (Florida) Leah lives in Sarasota Florida and is a professional artist, author, and teacher. She has contributed to both Woodcarving illustrated and Chip Chats magazines, and has authored her own book "Carving Nature's Rascals" 
Leah has taught wood carving for over ten years.  

Desiree Hajny: (Nebraska) Desi is the author of 6 woodcarving books and contributor to 7 magazines and a contributing editor to several periodicals in the US and abroad. She is well-known for her realistic animals.

Karen Henderson: (Minnesota) Karen is from St. Francis, Minnesota and has been carving since 1998. She carves and teaches a variety of different things.  One of them is treenware – useable serving and eating utensils.

Chris Howard: (Tennessee) Chris has worked in the movie industry and travels throughout the US teaching his art. He has taken many ribbons in competition including: 2007 International Carving Congress-2nd Realistic Painted Bust 2007 Artistry in Wood Dayton,Ohio -Special Award, 1st and 2nd, Deacon Don and Shirley Deitz Religious Award, 1st Realistic Bust 2008 International Carving Congress-3rd Realistic Painted Bust, 1st in Class and 2nd best of Group in 2 or more subjects, 1st in Class and Best of Group in found wood Artistry in Wood Dayton,Ohio IST in Class 2nd Best of Group in 2 or more subjects. Best of show in Excellence Florida Winter National Wood Art and Expo. Chris was featured on the DIY Network's "Wood Sculpting" TV series.

Bill Jaeger: (Minnesota) Bill has been carving in the Scandinavian style since 1992. He teaches regularly at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Bill won the 2009 Gold Medal for wood carving at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

Gen Jansen: (Minnesota). Author of 6 books on carving and and is a regular columnist for Carving Magazine. WATCH a video of Gen- CLICK HERE!

Marv Kaisersatt: (Minnesota) Marv is one of the most sought-after instructors in the Nation. National award winner and CCA member. WATCH a video of Marv - CLICK HERE!

Bob Lawrence: (North Dakota) Regular instructor at Carv-Fest, specializes in animals, western art ... excellent instructor.

Marty Leenhouts: (Minnesota) I first learned to chip carve over 20 years ago and haven't put my knife down since. The beauty and wonder that first drew me into this style of carving still pulls on me today. It is my desire to pass on the joy of chip carving to as many other people as possible. I promise to provide my students and customers with personal instruction, excellent customer service, and a wide range of top quality products for wood carving. www.mychipcarving.com.

Mart Lind: (Minnesota/Texas) Mart began carving over 50 years ago and specializes in realistic faces and figures. He teaches his students one-on-one and as a former school teacher, he is always looking to maximize student improvement and development. He teaches throughout the Midwest, Minnesota, Michigan and Texas. Be creative, have fun and carve with Mart!

Tami Oachs: (Fariabult) Tami is a local artist that loves to create. She has taught several workshops at carv-fest including: batik, paper crafts, and clay modeling.

Floyd Rhadigan: (Michigan) Proud member of the CCA and teaches caricature carving throughout the country. A carv-fest favorite ... over 70 caricature projects to choose from. Visit Fantasycarving.com for more. Visit Floyd's web site - CLICK HERE!

Bob Ristow: (Iowa) Bob’s interest in Shaker Oval Boxes began with a visit to the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. To advance his knowledge in box making he attended several classes taught by John Wilson at the Home Shop in Charlotte, Michigan to learn the procedures in making these boxes. Since then Bob has demonstrated these procedures at several woodcarving clubs in Iowa and Minnesota, and has taught several class at the Fine Woodworkers Store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Waldorf Woodcarving Weekend at Forest City, Iowa and at the Woodcarvers Rendezvous at West Glacier, Montana, North House Folk School Grand Marais, MN, Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, WI and Villages Folk School Bonaparte, IA. Bob, is also experimenting with different woods, shapes and sizes to make these boxes. Bob’s other interests are woodcarving, woodturning, winemaking and fiber arts.


Dennis Schuster: (Minnesota) Past-President of the Viking Woodcarving Club ..... Denny has perfected his art and now has been sharing it with students. Beautiful bark houses with detail that you've never seen before. Full of information and ready to help.

Russ Scott: (Minnesota) Local instructor that has a great easy-going style. Wonderful Santa carvings!  Russ sells his work at www.reasonstobelieve.com. Visit Russ' web site - CLICK HERE!

Alice Spadgenske: (Minnesota) Teaches students throughout the Midwest, beautiful painted relief carvings. A regular at carv-fest, organizes November carving workshop in Blaine, MN each year.

Fred & Elaine Stenman: (Minnesota) Returning favorites ... carve beautiful reliefs that utilize both woodburning and shallow relief. View their web site www.stenmanstudios.com. Cover artist for Carving Magazine Issue #22.

Mary Weinheimer: (Florida) Fun-loving, easy-going and a blast to carve with. Mary is an expert with beginners and intermediate carvers helping them discover this wonderful world. She also has many, many project for all level carvers. Many hints and techniques to share.

Greg Wirtz: (Wisconsin) Specializes in Intaglio style relief, teaches throughout Midwest, perennial award winner at Woodcarver's Congress. Appeared in Carving Magazine issue #36.

Sandy Wirtz: (Wisconsin) Basket making guru that has taught classes throughout the Midwest. Very popular, hands on workshops. 

Loren Woodard: (Missouri)  lives at the Lake of the Ozarks and enjoys a variety of different styles of carving. Loren started carving in October 1991. His wife purchased his first set of carving tools and enrolled him in a class for his birthday. Loren carves many different styles but realistic Native American and caricature are two of his favorites. Loren can be found carving at the Valley Road Woodcarving shop at Silver Dollar City, Missouri about 20 days a year. In addition to his carving, Loren teaches carving seminars. He teaches at Silver Dollar City, Carv-Fest, and various clubs in the Mid-West. Loren still works full time so he does not get the opportunity to teach as many carving venues as he would like. Loren especially enjoys teaching beginning wood carvers. He has taught beginning carving at the local Vo-Tech school for the last 6 years with help from fellow club members. Loren is a member of Carving Magazine’s Editor’s Panel and has been since the panel was formed. Loren is the moderator of the panels chat site. By being affiliated with the panel, Loren has met many great carvers that he likes to call friends. You can contact Loren at 573-374-6603 or drop him an email at lorenwoodard@charter.net

Dick Zawacki: (Minnesota) Dick lives in Northfield, MN and has taught classes locally for a number of years. He is a regular at Minnesota carving shows and is always willing to share his talents. Easy-going and very organized you will enjoy carving with Dick, he has a way of getting through to his students and helping them understand all aspects.

--- past instructors ------

Joe Dillett: (Illinois) Carving Magazine columnist, professional carver. Taught classes in Chicago area for years. WATCH a video of Joe - CLICK HERE! Visit Joe's web site - CLICK HERE!

Tony Erickson: (South Carolina) Well-travelled carving instructor and columnist for Carving Magazine. WATCH a video of Tony -CLICK HERE! Visit Tony's web site - CLICK HERE!

Other Past Instructors: Harley Refsal, Keith Anderson, Dave & Sally Nye, Sandie & Ol Don Burgdorf. 




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