I arrived home yesterday, after a terrific week in Nebraska, at the 22nd Annual Western & Wildlife Art Workshop. Judging from all the student carvings on display at the exhibit at the end of the week, it was another successful week for all participants.
My class of 4 students worked hard, but still had time to laugh and enjoy the time together. Each one of them produced a fabulous carving, with two students carving driftwood, and two carving butternut slabs. They each seemed to have fun in class. I know I did. I am exhausted today, but thoroughly enjoyed the time with my students.
Three of my carvings found new homes during the workshop. Two moses spirits and 'Little Thunder' now have Canadian citizenship, as they move to their new homes. I sincerely thank those who exchanged their hard earned money for my creations.
The dates for next year’s workshop have been set. Mark your calendar. Burke’s 23rd Annual Western & Wildlife Art Workshop will be held July 19-25, 2014. It is held on the Doane College campus in Crete, Nebraska. You will once again find returning instructors Vic Hood, Janet Cordell, Adina Huckins, Dave Stetson, Rick Jensen, Desiree Hajny, Izo Becic, and me, teaching carving classes, and Nancy Burke will be teaching basket weaving. Others may be added to the line-up, so be sure to check for details later this year. Information and registration forms may be found at www.westernwoodcarvers.com
Next year, instead of Found/Unusual Wood, I plan to teach carving an American Indian mask. I'll be trying to work up a possible model or two within the next couple of months.
Be there or be square!