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Traditional Cherokee Woodcarving

March 24 - 27, 2022

J. Bud Smith  ·  jbudart.com

Workshop at a glance

An introductory class for beginner and intermediate students with an emphasis on the Cherokee style of wood carving that includes historical and cultural aspects.


  • Cherokee woodcarving techniques
  • Basic safety and fundamentals of creating a wood sculpture from start to finish


  • Wood


  • Knowledge of creating a wood sculpture from start to finish
  • A completed wood sculpture

Artist Bio

Bud Smith is a native of Cherokee, North Carolina, and a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He studied woodcarving at Cherokee High School under the well-known Native American sculptor, Amanda Crowe and completed a BA in humanities and an MA in education and received a Doctorate in Education from Oakland City University, Oakland City, Indiana. Being Native American brings many things to Smith’s art including an innate spirit and a distinctive style.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn the unique characteristics of the Cherokee style of wood carving and what makes it different from other forms of woodcarving. Lessons will include the introduction to Cherokee wood carvers throughout history and contemporary artists and their distinctive contributions to the art form. Participants will leave with a knowledge of the evolution of Cherokee wood carving from the basic utilitarian needs of the past to a modern-day art form. Class objectives include Cherokee woodcarving stylistic techniques, basic safety, and fundamentals of creating a wood sculpture from start to finish. This is an introductory class for beginner and intermediate wood carving. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $560  ·  materials list

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