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Need Some Relief? Add Interest & Life to Your Work

June 9 - 14, 2024

Dixie Biggs  ·  dixiebiggs.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore techniques for adding visual impact to your work with rotary power relief carving, woodburning, and the addition of color.


  • Power relief carving using a micro-motor carver
  • Woodburning for texture and contrast
  • Painting using dry brush technique
  • Modifying carving burrs
  • Tips and trick for sanding


  • Wood (cherry, maple)
  • Fluid acrylic paints
  • Wood objects brought from home


  • Expanded knowledge of techniques to enhance surfaces
  • Sample works of techniques
  • Incorporating newfound skills into other projects
  • Enhanced tool control
  • Design ideas

Artist Bio

Dixie Biggs lives in Gainesville, FL and has been a full-time studio woodturner/artist since 1989. Her interest in woodturning began in 1979 when she taught herself to use a wood lathe so she could duplicate a chess set her grandfather had made. Having a biology background and a love of gardening, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme. She is best known for her meticulously carved “leaf wrapped” vessels. She has had an extensive show career and exhibited her work in notable venues as the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and the American Craft Expo. Her work has been included in many exhibitions around the country and she has work in many public and private collections worldwide. She continues to share her techniques and knowledge by demonstrating and teaching at various woodturning clubs, symposiums, and craft schools around the country and abroad.

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Workshop Description

Explore the embellishment techniques of power relief carving and woodburning that can be used by woodturners, furniture makers or other wood artists to expand the visual impact of their work. Students will learn techniques for relief carving using a micro-motor rotary power carver; the use of wood burners for adding texture and detail; and incorporating color into their work with acrylic paints through dry-brush technique. The instructor will walk students, step-by-step, through relief-carving techniques from layout and bit selection, to finishing detail on sample discs and sample blocks that will be provided. This class is focused on off-the-lathe techniques, so students will need to bring additional work that is dry and ready to carve. Beginning exercises will help develop skills that can be incorporated into these pieces. No previous power-carving or painting experience is needed, just a desire to learn the techniques. Open to all skill levels, but good manual dexterity is needed.


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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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