|Vice President:||Don Fromherz|
Ken has been woodworking almost all his life starting in junior high wood shop. His interest was in building furniture and wooden trucks which he gave to friends and family. Then in 1990 Ken moved to South Salem to live with his oldest daughter in an apartment. There was no room for his tools so woodworking unfortunately was put on a back burner.
Ken's daughter told Ken about an ad she saw about a wood carving class in Albany and Ken signed up for the class. The instructor was Everett Carter, a member of the Capitol Woodcarvers Club. Ken took two classes from Everett and then found a class in Salem taught by Dave Walker.
In 1996 Ken and Lynn married. No longer having to live in an apartment Ken was able to get back into wood turning and to continue with his wood carving. After retiring in 2004 Ken became very involved in wood turning and was elected vice president of the Salem Woodturning Club in 2005 and president in 2007. In the fall of 2007 Ken was asked by Bill Grater of the Capitol Woodcarvers if the turning club could turn tapered shafts for the Wounded Warriors eagle-head canes being worked on by members of the Capitol Woodcarvers Club. Ken has been a valued member of the Capitol Woodcarvers Club since this experience.
About five or six years ago Ken was a member of a group who formed the Woodcarvers Workshop and opened a gallery in Mt. Angel. Another member of this group, Sam Hutchinson, a very capable chip carver, introduced Ken to chip carving. That was all Ken needed to quickly give up caricature carving in favor of chip carving. Sam and Ken were the only members doing chip carving at the time but he stuck with it and got much better to the point where Ken is the recognized chip carving expert of the Club. Ken teaches chip carving classes at the Oregon Rendezvous and at the Elsie Stuhr Center in Tualatin. He is often called upon by Club members to demonstrate and assist with chip-carving projects.
Ken says what he enjoys most about Capitol Woodcarvers are the members. He says he has never been around so many people of such high caliber, both personal and ability. "I have made many friendships which will last for the rest of my life."
Several of our club members offer local carving classes. Chip, caricature, relief, and other carving-style classes are available.
Classes are presented either in mentored or group sessions. Participants range in skill levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.
Please contact the class instructor to confirm class schedule, space availability, location, and other details. If an instructor can not be otherwise contacted, come to a scheduled session to participate or schedule a future class.
|Instructor||Contact Info||Class Description||Date||Location||Cost|
|Dave Disselbret||carvingsbydave.blogspot.com||Beginning to intermediate caricature carving. Students can choose a project of their choice.||Recurring Wed 9:00AM - 12:00PM||Salem Center 50+||$7.00|
|Dave Disselbret||carvingsbydave.blogspot.com||Beginning to intermediate caricature carving.||Recurring Mon 6:45PM - 8:45PM||Salem Center 50+||$5.00|
|Dave Disselbret||carvingsbydave.blogspot.com||Beginning to intermediate carving.||Recurring Sun 1:00PM - 4:00PM||Woodcraft, 1052 Green Acres Rd., Eugene OR||Register Thru Woodcraft|
|Kenny Wilsonemail@example.com||Realistic Bird Woodcarving Class. Beginner through advanced, hand carving or power tools.||Recurring Thu 1:00PM - 5:00PM||Silverton Art Association||$20.00|
September 14 - 17, 2017
The 2017 Oregon Woodcarving Rendezvous is scheduled for September 14 thru September 17 at Canyonview Camp in Silverton. Classes start at noon on Thursday and run thru noon on Sunday. Sessions are 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Registration forms and more information are available at the links below, or from Everett Koontz and Dave Disselbrett.
Dates and times may unexpectedly change so please check with the venue or instructor to confirm most current information.
This is a one hour video featuring Terry Kramer demonstrating how to carve a head.
Club members are often asked about how to introduce children to woodcarving. Woodcarving tools are very sharp and not suitable for use by younger kids. Over the years it has become common practice for kids to use plastic tools to carve Ivory Soap.
Barabara Millikan has provided some patterns and instructions suitable for children who are interested in carving. It is recommended that youger children get adult assistance with these projects.Turtle and Dog Patterns | Dog Carving Instructions | Turtle Carving Instructions
The 2017 Capitol Woodcarvers Annual Show is scheduled for April 1 thru April 2 at the Center 50+ in Salem. The show opens at 10AM on Saturday and Sunday and is open until 4PM both days.
April 1 - 2, 2017
Open to the Public