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Krausman's Woodcarving Studio 2021 Seminar Schedule

The virtual class offerings for 2021 are listed below. To reserve your space, call or email us now! All you need is a $300 non-refundable deposit for any class. Then 1/2 of the remaining balance will be due 4 months prior to your class. At this point all payments become non-refundable and must be paid prior to attending class. Please make your checks payable to Pam Krausman.

After much consideration to do what is best for all of you because of the pandemic and vaccine uncertainty, we have decided that the virtual approach will be best for 2021. We hope that we will be back in-person in 2022.

The Art of Inserting Carved Feathers, Parts 1 and 2 (Winter 2020)

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: November - December 2020
  • Price: $450 + $100 Kit Fee
Class Details:

For my upcoming winter "Virtual" VIDEO seminar/class, the subject will be based on my techniques for individual feather carving and inserting! The subject species for my feather insert class will be Barn Owl.
I will be showing how to work on the caudal end of the bird which includes the tail, upper and lower tail coverts, uropygial coverts, and part of a wing including primary remiges, tertials, secondaries and a few coverts. All feathers will be individually carved and inserted following a structured study from the pterylea (feather tracts).
I will be demonstrating my method of boil-bending wood sections as well as making the jigs for the bending of the feathers and how to bend them successfully in the jigs. This method is my main technique for developing the natural curves in the feathers, especially for the long feathers of the tail and primaries. I will show every aspect of carving individual feathers and fitting them in place following the natural feather tracts (pterylea) of the bird. The kits include the basic caudal body section, and enough wood sections for you to bend and carve your individual feathers ready for insertion.
These classes will be starting in late November before the holidays, and since it is a virtual class you can work on your study at your pace following my video instruction in your home at your comfortable carving bench. All aspects of this innovative approach will be discussed.


Carve and Paint Sleeping Drake Ring-Necked Duck Decoy

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: February / March 2021
  • Price: $895 + $125 Kit Fee
Class Details:

Option also: drake Lesser Scaup gunning decoy.
You will have the choice to carve and paint either a drake Ring-necked Duck or Lesser Scaup modern-style gunning rig type decoy in your own home through this "virtual" video-instructed seminar!
The decoy will feature a modern/realistic style design with its classic "turned-back", "tucked- bill" highlighting this eye-appealing decoy pose.
Each class segment will be demonstrated through my live carving (and painting) instruction in a comprehensive and relaxed pace that will be easy to follow and understand. I will be demonstrating the "getting started" steps of rounding and rough-shaping the decoy body through a short series of step by step photographs. Once that has been accomplished then the video instruction begins.
The beauty of these virtual classes are that you do not need to be on a physical class schedule. You can review the information on the videos and work on your schedule and at your pace. Included in the video instruction will be several Zoom meetings to discuss the techniques on the videos and to answer any questions you may have.
Each decoy will be painted with oil paints including my decoy painting techniques of pre- painting, underpainting, soft blending, combing, and more. Just as in all my classes, I will instruct everyone in oil painting basics, advanced techniques, classic combing techniques, understanding color, and the proper use of oil paints.
The decoys will be carved from tupelo blanks which are supplied in each class kit, as well as glass eyes. All you will need to do will be to make sure you have a basic supply list including, citrus thinner (or odorless mineral spirits), matte Shultz medium, a basic set of brushes, decoy combs, and a small palette of oil paint colors. The brush list and paint color list will be given to you to make sure you are ready for painting.
Hope you can make this exciting virtual class! See you soon!


The Art of Inserting Carved Feathers, Part 3

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: February / March 2021
  • Price: $550 + $50 Kit
Class Details:

Introduction to Contour Feathers - Side Pockets and Scapulars. Part 3 picks up where Part 1 (and 2 - Primary Feathers of the tail and Wing) left off. The soft contour feathers of the bird's body are made up of feathers that have a different function and Morphology than the flight feathers such as the tail rectrices, primary remiges, and the secondaries.

Contour feathers are the "softer", less rigid feathers forming the bird's outer body covering, and the overlapping body feathers that produce the bird's smooth aerodynamic shape. They are also the feathers that cover the bases of the flight feathers such as the upper and lower tail coverts and the wing coverts.

The best example of the obvious functionality of the contour feathers are the side pockets (especially obvious on waterfowl) and the scapulars. To pick up where Parts 1 and 2 left off, I will be demonstrating and instructing how to use complete inserts, partial inserts, splicing and matching on two sections of a bird: a complete side pocket and a complete set of scapulars. I will demonstrate two types of inserting techniques and methods: 1) to completely build a scapular group by individual feather and small feather cluster inserts, and 2) to complete a complete side pocket section with individually inserted feathers and feather group cluster inserted sections matching the existing carved side pocket feather groups.

I consider this the next step to understanding the art of feather inserts as an innovative and dynamic addition to your bird carving skills.


Carve/Paint Double-crested or Great Cormorant Gunning-style Decoy

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: June 2021
  • Price: $895 + $325 Kit Fee
Class Details:

For this class you will have the choice to carve an animated preening Double-crested or Great Cormorant contemporary gunning-style decoy. The modern style Cormorant will be designed as a realistically inspired bird with life-like features such as an accurate bill with details, realistic head and eye expression, and artfully defined wings in their natural position. The decoys will be painted with oil paints featuring iridescent plumage feather-by-feather painting and blending. All aspects of my style of decoy painting will be discussed and demonstrated including paint and palette selection, color value mixing, mediums and diluents, brush selection and blending techniques. I will demonstrate both advanced feather blending and a similar simplified version depending on your skill and comfort level; your choice. The decoy will be carved by you in the comfort of your carving studio using my unique emailed instruction lessons. When you come to class, your decoys will be all carved and ready for six days of painting! This will be an exciting and innovative decoy painting class!


Tropical Pirate 1/3-size Flying Frigatebird Chasing a Red-billed Tropicbird

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: June 2021
  • Price: $1395 + $475 Kit Fee
Class Details:

This magnificence of the effortlessly agile flight of the pirate of the sky Magnificent Frigatebird is captured from a moment in time as it pursues its target; the Red-billed Tropicbird. This sculpture will feature a decorative/realistic third-size adult Frigatebird showing off it's brilliant iridescent plumage in close pursuit of the stream-lined Red-billed Tropicbird skimming the ocean waves. Frigatebirds are the masters of kleptoparasitism (aka pirating by stealing food items from other birds by long relentless chasing). The birds simply give up their fish or food items to the Frigatebirds to end the relentless chases. The Frigatebirds are all too happy to accept the gifts from the other birds! Frigatebirds have a large wingspan measuring 6 feet or more. The Frigatebird in this class will showcase a wingspan of nearly 26 inches. For the convenience of painting this bird in class, and the transportation of this bird, the wings will be carved individually and temporarily attached to work on in class. I will demonstrate to you how to permanently attach the wings and complete the joint area when you return home from class and are in your own studio. The Frigatebird will be suspended in flight by the tip of the Tropicbird's long tail streamers! This will be accomplished with the use of a holly wood tail streamer with embedded steel wire (shown in the image). To recreate my advancing class theme of art as the most important design feature, the Tropicbird will be displayed as a conceptual artistic component to the overall design. It will be carved realistically in form and shape from an exotic wood (West Indian Cedar aka Cigar box Cedar) which is another visually dynamic feature to the tropical Caribbean theme to the sculpture. The Tropicbird will be finished with a smooth texture that is partially realistic changing to a ghosting fade to its painted plumage showing some areas of naturally finished cedar. The concept is to impart realism and sculptural art and imagination to the overall design; conceptual art developing into realism. I will showcase and instruct the correct techniques of realistically feathering your Frigatebird. Correct and proper feather burning techniques will be instructed to realistically develop the nearly smooth surface of the Frigatebird's feathers. This class will feature the elements of Color Theory/Harmony, dynamic light-play, and artistic and sculptural design and concepts. Mixed media of both acrylic and oil paints will be used for the painting of both the Frigatebird and Tropicbird. Correct, realistic and inspiring color mixing and painting techniques based on my unique and dynamic color harmony and mixing methods will be taught. Airbrushing will be featured in this class to produce the beautiful iridescence of the Frigatebird's plumage. Hand painting in both oils and acrylics will complete the painting of both birds. Your Frigatebirds and Tropicbirds will be carved at home in the comfort of your own workshop using my unique emailed carving instruction system with regular emailed step by step demo images and instructions. When you come to class, your birds will be all carved and ready to begin additional steps and painting. You will learn to use and understand a dynamic color palette, advance your carving level, and feel inspired to challenge yourself! To understand my teaching theory and methods, my class is not a carve and paint and finish within a specified framework of time class. I teach complex and thought-provoking advanced techniques and theory. Because of the complexities of my class, I do not demonstrate simplified techniques for completion within an unrealistic time frame! My main focus is to help develop your individual and independent creativity and thinking through my methods of theory, fundamentals and artistic relationships. With all the copious amount of art theory and instruction, your creativity and skills will be profoundly enhanced in my classes. There is no pressure to finish your Frigatebird piece in class. You will have the luxury to continue what you will learn in class and finish your Frigatebird piece at your pace by your own hand in your own home in your comfortable and relaxed time frame. The result will be a realistically and artistically inspired Frigatebird carving made by you; not a hands-on replica of mine! Your creation will be a magnificent artistic sculpture created by you rather than just another carved bird!


Painting the Blue-winged Teal Hen

- Virtual -
Pat Godin
  • Dates: September 2021
  • Price: $1195 + $175 Kit Fee
Class Details:

Many hens of the species of the marsh ducks are characterized by highly patterned feathers, an adaptation to camouflage them while they are nesting. The Blue-winged Teal Hen, a bird of great character, is an excellent example of this color scheme.
For this seminar Pat will be demonstrating his methods for developing the complex patterns of this bird. A number of blending techniques will be shown and the lessons will explain how they are used in a systematic way to soften the transitions of the light and dark feather patterns. There will be a number of opportunities to incorporate the illusions of translucence and highlight and shadow. Many of these techniques, once mastered, will be valuable tools that can be applied to the painting of a lot of other birds. Especially important is building the character of the head and facial region with paint. There are ways to develop the feminine features of this bird by careful study and then application of the color scheme. In addition, much attention will be paid to the unique colors and patterns of the wing. This includes the subtle green iridescence of the secondary feathers and the soft blue of the wing coverts characteristic of this species. From a design perspective, the inclusion of a portion of the wing provides a strong focal point on this cryptic bird. Ahead of the session students will be provided an image CD that will include all the instructions necessary for the carving of the Blue-winged Teal Hen so that you can carve your bird over the winter or paint a casting in the seminar if you prefer. To view Pat's art and items available go to www.godinart.com.


Carve/Paint Male Lifesize Short-Eared Owl

- Virtual -
Al Jordan
  • Dates: September 2021
  • Price: $1395 + Kit Fee
Class Details:

Join Al and bring to life a piece of Tupelo. Al has spent the better part of the last 20 years as a Master Falconer. During this time he has gained an intimate Knowledge of each of his carving subjects. You will soon discover that he has no secrets and plenty of knowledge to give. For the last 10 years each of his award winning competition pieces has been the result of a teaching seminar. This includes his 2017 lifesize 3rd Best in World and 2019 2nd Best in World miniature. He holds nothing back!
Join Master Falconer and Master Carver Al Jordan in carving a lifesize Short-earred Owl. The subject is a medium sized owl with gorgeous colorations and markings and found thru out the globe. As it is a diurnal owl, he will be introducing both light and shade. One of the keys to producing a quality carving of an owl is to accentuate the softness and airiness of the bird. Al is going to do this thru both texturing techniques as well as paint. There will be much emphasis placed on the painting. Use of both airbrush and hand brushing will be used and discussed in depth. There will also be much discussion of design and composition, as Al will discuss in depth bird carving as an art not a craft. He brings with him over 20 years as a Master Falconer and will stress in depth proper anatomy. He will hold nothing back, and will push you to the limits. To view Al's art and items available go to www.ajordanbirds.com.


Carve a Modern Standing Drake Bufflehead Decoy

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: Fall / Winter 2021
  • Price: $895 + $175 Kit Fee
Class Details:

A unique decoy for a unique class. I will be showing you how to carve a modern mantle carving style standing drake Bufflehead decoy. Decoys are usually associated as being decoys designed to float to attract the ducks. I have made standing decoys in many species over my career from wood ducks, mallards, black ducks, common mergansers, harlequins and eiders. These decoys are used to add to the realism of a decoy spread being used to stand along the shoreline, an exposed mussel bed or sandbar, and even on grass hummocks in a marsh or pond. For this class I will instruct you and guide you through the carving process of the bird itself as well as the legs, feet and base. The drake Bufflehead is the prefect subject for its size, plumage coloration, and its eye appeal as a standing decoy! It will make a wonderful addition to your decoy rig, or just standing proudly on your mantle! If we should have to do it in virtual learning then we will expand the seminar to include the painting like we did with the Ringneck and Lesser Scaup this year.


Feather Anatomy and Morphology

- Virtual -
Keith Mueller
  • Dates: Fall / Winter 2021
  • Price: $450 + $75 Kit Fee
Class Details:

Carve and Texture 4 different species of avian feathers, and recreate the realistic feather barb structures and textures unique to each species.
Creating a fully realistic decorative bird sculpture is a time consuming and skill testing adventure. Being able to reproduce a bird subject realistically requires discipline and drive. To ensure that your efforts are appropriately rewarded, recreating the bird as realistically as possible is essential for a successful outcome. And this includes the proper feather Morphology and anatomical features. Since all birds have anatomical features that are unique to that species and its family, special feather adaptations evolved to accommodate that species life style! Using standardized and generic feather texturing techniques will not enhance the realism of your bird sculpture. In other words, using the same feather burning and texture techniques from bird to bird is wrong! The feather barbule network texture from species to species is different. The texture you use on an Owl is not the same as you would use on a hawk or a species of waterfowl. In fact, the texture varies within the species of Birds of Prey.
In this class, I will discuss and demonstrate the barbule network textures between four selected species of birds and how the Morphological differences differ from species to species. Then after this is discussed I will guide you through realistically reproducing the correct and proper variations of these barbule network textures in each feather. For this class we will carve and correctly recreate the feather structures, margins, rachis and most importantly the barbule network on tertial feathers of these four species: Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Raven and Mallard. For those who will be taking my virtual feather insert class, this will be a perfect companion class to further increase your cognitive understanding of a feathers Morphology and the added skills to reproduce a more realistic feather on your bird carvings!


Lifesize Brown Thrasher

- Postponed -
Gary Eigenberger
  • Postponed to 2022
  • Price: $1395 + Kit Fee
Class Details:

Please join the seven times Ward World Champion and twenty two times Best in Masters award in doing a Life-size Brown Thrasher out of tupelo wood. The Brown Thrasher is a beautiful elegant bird with long tail feathers and very attractive markings on the under side and the above upper side has a very warm russet color that will offer an enjoyable painting experience. The bird will be painted in oil paint however you can paint with acrylics if you prefer. The pose will be with an open mouth. Feather splits will be burned in along with the major feather shafts. Some feathers will be undercut. Gary has a very unique way of describing contour feathers with feather formers. This technique provides a very consistent textured surface to paint on. This bird will be carved out of one piece of wood. Combination stoning and texturing will be used. Topics stressed will include feather layout, texturing, and burning. Students should bring reference photos to class. There will be some wood bases available for purchase. For anyone who is interested there will be a complementary pose available for purchase. Depending on skill level, carvers can carve both birds as far as they want until time to paint at which point, they will paint the class bird. Gary will focus on preparing the surface for painting, mixing colors, oil painting which will include wet on wet and wet on dry blending techniques, and soft translucent painting techniques. Gary will be using acrylics as well as oils in painting this bird with more in depth painting. You can be an oil or acrylic painter to take this class. To get feather patterns and their richness, translucency or softness, Gary complements actual textures from his burning tools with the illusion of highlights and shadows with oil pigments. He shows you how to play warm and cool colors against each other to suggest feathers under feathers and to mass in color and create details from negative space. Gary will start the seminar doing a 2 day habitat class for the Life-size Brown Thrasher. You will learn a very unique way of making songbird feet on habitat. Many people struggle with feet making. This will be a great learning experience for creating accurate well done feet. A few different techniques will be demonstrated for making the unique habitat in which you would portray and find this bird. This way you the student will know how you are going to present your carving once complete. To view Gary's art go to www.garyeigenberger.com


Lodging Information

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