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Woodcarving: Power Play

November 14 - 19, 2021

Dixie Biggs  ·  dixiebiggs.com
Betty Scarpino  ·  bettyscarpino.com

Workshop at a glance

Expand your power-carving skills by learning how to use a variety of reciprocating- and rotary- woodcarving tools, rasps, and abrasives. This class is best suited for intermediate-to-advanced students.


  • Woodcarving and design
  • Differences between rotary and reciprocating power carving
  • Relief carving and sanding tips/modifying rotary carving burrs


  • Woodcarving
  • Woodworking tools and machines
  • Cutter and carver sets


  • Expand woodcarving skills
  • Applying new surface techniques to previously created wood projects

Artist Bio

Dixie Biggs lives in Gainesville, Florida and has been a studio woodturner/artist since 1989. Having a degree in Agriculture, and a love of the outdoors, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme. She is best known for her meticulously carved “leaf-wrapped” vessel. Biggs has demonstrated and taught her techniques at regional and national woodturning symposiums, woodturning clubs and craft schools around the U.S. and abroad.
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Betty Scarpino is an internationally recognized wood sculptor, woodturner, woodcut printmaker and teacher whose work is represented in more than 20 museum collections. The Collectors of Wood Art awarded Scarpino their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Her work expresses a strong sense of joy and self-confidence and lifelong pleasure of working with wood. Her studio in Indianapolis is replete with forms partially explored and potential new sculptures camouflaged as chunks of wood.
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Workshop Description

The goal of this workshop is for students to expand their woodcarving skills using power tools and to learn new techniques in transforming their designs into relief-carved, three-dimensional forms. Advanced students from all wood-related disciplines (turning, furniture making, sculpture, printmaking) will receive hands-on instruction for the safe and effective use of rotary and power-carving tools. Rasps are essential to achieving smooth surfaces and students will learn which ones work well. A variety of hardwoods will be used to determine what works best for your projects, primarily using air-or kiln-dried wood, however wet wood carving will also be covered. While working on individual projects, daily demonstrations will help guide student’s activities. These include tips on making sanding less tedious. Presentations will encourage the development of personalized designs and participants are welcome to bring objects ready to carve. Open to those who have experience using woodworking tools/machines, as well as knowledge of wood and its properties.

COURSE FEE: $800  ·  download the materials list

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