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Powercarving Stunning Wood Surfaces

October 9 - 14, 2022

Kristin LeVier  ·  kristinlevier.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn powercarving, woodburning, color and finishing techniques that will allow you to embellish the surfaces of wood objects and planks and transform them into art.


  • Carving wood with micromotor powercarvers
  • Woodburning
  • Basic design
  • Color and finish techniques for wood


  • Wood boards
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wood objects brought from home


  • A sound knowledge of surface carving techniques
  • The ability to design projects
  • Techniques for painting and finishing wood
  • Take home flat carved art pieces and transformed wood objects brought from home

Artist Bio

Kristin LeVier lives in Moscow, Idaho and is a former molecular biologist-turned-studio artist who creates organic contemporary sculpture at the intersection of art and science. She has taught woodcarving and bending workshops in the U.S. and abroad and spoke about her work in a TEDx talk on The Art of Science and in a PBS short feature. Her award-winning work has been exhibited widely and featured in books and magazines including American Craft and American Woodturner.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn surface carving skills that will allow them to embellish and transform plain wood into works of art. Demonstrations and hands-on work will include carving, basic design, color, and finishing techniques. Initial carving will be done on flat boards, and some will be transformed into wall-hung art. Participants are encouraged to bring wood objects from home (frames, items rescued from thrift shops, etc.) to create lathe-turned objects that suit their interests. Workshop time will be spent using micromotor powercarvers, because learning these techniques apply directly to the use of larger powercarving tools serving as a springboard for future large-scale work like furniture and sculpture. Woodburners, bandsaws, sanders, and files can be used as needed. This workshop is open to all skill levels, but good manual dexterity is necessary.


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

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