Techniques for Developing Original Surfaces

June 30, 2019 – July 13, 2019

Dixie Biggs and Steve Loar

This workshop offers a unique combination of design and rotary power carving which are applicable to a wide variety of woodturnings and other wood surfaces. Along with improving your creativity, students will discover design, sketching and patternmaking. By fusing design with relief carving, you will build skills of both mind and hand. Innovative low-tech design exercises enable participants to develop original and personal work long after the workshop. There will be extensive demonstrations and individual guidance of all techniques. Critique methods are taught and guided within a supportive group environment. You will leave with an abundance of possibilities and exciting new work. Prepare to be creatively challenged and empowered! Open to all skill levels.


Dixie Biggs received a BA in Agriculture from the University of Florida. As an avid gardener, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme and she is known for her meticulously-carved leaf-wrapped vessels. Biggs has presented at regional and national symposiums, woodturning clubs and craft schools in the U.S. and internationally.

Dixie Biggs

Steve Loar is a sculptor in Grand Rapids, Michigan who uses wood, especially wooden bowls, to create abstracted compositions that are typically colorful and narrative. Thirty-six years of university teaching gives him a depth of expertise in design, creativity, collaboration and woodworking. His teaching methods recognize multiple learning styles and an understanding of the anxieties related to learning design, providing a solid foundation for the creation of beautiful personal objects.

Steve Loar

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please call 865-436-5860

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