Events Latest Topicshttp:// Latest TopicsenNorth Dakota carving classeshttp:// My home club, the Flickertail Woodcarvers, has a carving show and classes every year - including always a beginners' class running 9 evenings from mid-Oct thru Dec. 

This year is our 50th anniversary, and we've pulled out the big guns - Jay Haavik (of the Oseberg Viking ship recreation) is our featured carver and teaching a class, and Karen Henderson will be teaching greenwood spoon carving and selling interesting blanks (lilac wood has wonderful purple streaks through it.)

If you haven't been able to get into Jay Haavik classes elsewhere, come visit us!

If you're in the area, come visit us anyway! We are fun friendly people to carve with!

3790Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:00:11 +0000
Online stone and glass carving class - free July 1-3 2019http:// Hello!

I wanted to pass on this free online carving class.

Unfortunately it's only free live - so the mornings of July 1-3, 2019 - but hopefully the retired and stay-at-home among us can get something useful out of it. I plan to check briefly on my lunch breaks to see if it would be worth paying for the recorded version, afterwards.

3789Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:51:11 +0000
Cologne Netsuke Convention June 06, 2017http:// Cologne Netsuke Convention June 06, 2017

Dear Carving Colleagues,

With the Cologne INS netsuke convention only a few months away, some exciting arrangements for a "Carvers meet Collectors Evening" are currently being developed. If you are a carver attending the INS convention and would like to participate in such an event please reply to the following thread... or email me privately so that numbers can be determined and participation coordinated.
All are welcome.
Kindest regards,
Clive Hallam


3694Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:03:02 +0000
Komada Ryushi carving demonstration at Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Gallerieshttp:// NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast an interview and netsuke carving demonstration with Komada Ryushi from the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries this week.  Komada Makiko, Ryushi's daughter, served as interpreter during their conversation with NPR's Maureen Pao.

Watch the half hour video,  Watch master carver Ryushi Komada at work, with NPR's Maureen Pao.

Ryushi demonstrates the way the tools are held and used with small scraping motions. 


3691Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:32:55 +0000
Course On Viking Age Scandinavia Carvinghttp:// is a 5-day course focused on the woodcarving styles and motifs of Viking Age Scandinavia, as taught by Seattle master carver, Jay Haavik, known more recently for his carving on the keel of the new Oseberg Viking ship replica.


Location: Big Rock Forge, Washburn, WI


Click here for details on Facebook.

3676Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:31:03 +0000
First Exhibitionhttp:// everyone, I give my first exhibition of 15 years of carving , and private netsuke collection ,


it is a very good museum of ethnology ,

one of the exhibition rooms has display cases,

it is only open on the last Sunday of the month for 3 hours ,

every 2 month there is another private exhibition , in order to attract people ,

I cross my fingers , :rolleyes:






3555Fri, 08 May 2015 18:10:28 +0000
Feather Swaphttp:// those of you interested i am hosting a art swap through my website. The goal is to encourage others to try a new art form so please submit your best work as well as the technique or medium you are most passioned about.. This is not strictly limited to wood working any form of art is accepted. if you are interested here is a link to the page as well as the details of the event.


feather swap is designed to make the world a more enriched world by giving artist of different backgrounds a opportunity to exchange their passions in the hope of encouraging growth and excitement. Many artists lose their passion for their chosen craft and hopefully this art exchange will allow artist to recharge their passion and encourage personal development. This program will provide artist a chance to swap their work for the work of another in any medium. If the work is inspiring, it will hopefully encourage the recipient to expand their own interest to try the medium or technique that they received. This means the submitted work should represent your best work so that you can represent your craft and skill in the best light.



The cost of the materials for the piece should be in the 10 United States dollar range. (any size or cost of work is allowed but sender is responsible for freight)


Sign up date will start on the first of February


Submission should be posted by the last day of March with a description, name of the artist, and photograph then I will randomly match artist so that each pair of artist can swap their work.


Each participant needs to provide a email or alternative contact to be informed of any problems and updates as well as to be exchanged with another participant for the exchange of the created project.


if a website is available it should be submitted so that their other work can receive credit


Each submission need a short paragraph telling the receiver some needed information about the submitted piece example: stating medium, tools needed, focus, challenges, tips, interest, cultural significant ect…. keeping in mind the goal is to encourage people to try this art form.


at the end of the event I will put together a poll that will allow others to vote on which entry is the favorite. Which ever entry wins will receive a prize. The prize will follow the spirit of the event and will be about learning a art.

3480Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:47:02 +0000
Art Swap For Craftsmen And Artists. years ago some of us on another forum did a turning swap where we each made something and exchanged it by drawn name. i realy enjoyed giving away something i made and i was wondering if any wanted to do a art swamp again. i have a bowl made by by Joseph Johnson. and i love the fact i have a product made from a fellow artist. i have it siting in my office with all my odds and end in it. so i was wondering if we wanted to do this again sometime after Christmas. maybe make some rules like cant cost over 10$ and it has to represent who you are as a artist/craftsmen. is anyone interested in doing this? if enough people are interested in doing this after christmas then ill reach out to some of the other wood workers and artist out there( more then just me smile.png )

3466Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:14:40 +0000
World Jade Symposium 2014 - Online Voting Is Now Open! Everyone,


Just a quick note to let you all know that Voting for your favourite Sculpture and Jewellery entry is now open!


The link is below. Once on the page find the heading GALLERY on the top right of the page.


45 Jade Carvers representing 6 different countries have put their best on display for this event - including some of Masters!!!!


Please come by learn about the event, view the fantastic works and vote while you are visiting.





3450Sat, 08 Nov 2014 04:00:42 +0000
Jadecarving Schoollhttp:// on this early in the morning nice breakfast carve some jade feel all the maguic that the stone have to ofer to help you to bring up what is inside of it then you can enjoy the ocean of the caribean, i am very happy to inform to all of you guys that very soon any body that like will have e chance to learn to carved jade. enjoin the sea ocean, mayan sites and the life of can cun along whit that can cun have to offer i keep you inform

3368Fri, 23 May 2014 18:01:54 +0000
Exhibition @ “Independent Arts”Festival-25Th/27Th April 2014-Sint-Niklaas-Belgium. are going to show 2 carved skulls, and also do live drawing at the “Independent Arts”Festival, from the 25th to the 27th April 2014 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

If some belgium carvers (and we're thinking about Alain there, that nicely helped us on another topic) are here , please be welcome to visit and say hello ! (nice and interesting programm )

3335Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:46:58 +0000
It Is That Time Of Year: Smithsonian Craft Show And Minnesota Potters' Tour Aheadhttp:// days are flying by with lots to do before departure. I will be showing my work at the Smithsonian Craft Show next week. And upon my return I will dive head long into the final preparations for the 21st Annual Minnesota Potters of the upper St. Croix River Studio Tour & Sale on the second weekend of May. This year there are 50 potters spread amongst 7 host studios. It is great fun and always has a big turn out of people who enjoy pottery. I will have my carved work displayed, and I have been making some pots for it as well. Life is never boring here! I am looking forward to the middle of May when I will be able to return to the carving bench and contemplative work.


I'll look forward to looking in on the forum but will likely not participate much for a few weeks.




PS We still have snow on the ground here, with more predicted for tomorrow! Such a different spring scenario here this year!

3089Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:19:22 +0000
World Jade Symposiumhttp:// on again this year!! At the moment the facebook page has all the info.


Registration opens in March. Hope to see some of you participate!

3307Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:48:02 +0000
Solo Exhibition Coming Uphttp:// my first solo exhibition in 3 week opening night is the first of November how dose one handle the fact of nerves I really scared will people like my work or is it good enough or will people show up how dose one cope with these fears its taken so long to get to this stage least if I'm with other artists its not so bad but this is a solo it like if it flops its down to me has may members done sole exhibitions what's it like doing your first solo.

3228Tue, 15 Oct 2013 03:40:20 +0000
Heading East - Back To Back Showshttp:// folks,


I am in the last hours before departure on Monday for Philadelphia and then Washington, DC. I will return after the DC show. My iPad will be with me to monitor the forum and to handle email.


On with the shows!





2935Sat, 03 Nov 2012 15:09:02 +0000
Lightning Ridge Opal Awardshttp:// entered the abstract carving section in the international opal jewelry design awards, great result, he did not want to post so I will brag for him, tough comp with entries world wide, and considering its his first opal carving a great result, but he said its no harder than carving

3191Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:40:47 +0000
Finally Got Onehttp:// I finally got a solo showing whole gallery to my self big move and hope I can make it work

3182Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:19:45 +0000
Collaboration! Everyone Invited! my name is Bonnie I am a new member to this site and before I was even able to post this invitation I had to ask permission. I am grateful that permission is granted. I would like to invite all those on the forum to participate in a collaborative effort for a gallery showing/s for those touched with Autism. The proceeds will go to a 501-C3 school to assist those into getting into careers and or college. What are my interest or what is in it for me, well I have two children with autism, I want them to succeede and I am not the only parent that desires this of their children. No my children are not yet old enough to attend this school but in our community there are and it is something I will happily promote so that these kids have a chance. I am still in the process of obtaining permission from galleries to show case the works of art that are going to be submitted. And I am inviting you to participate in the hopes of not just raising the awarness of those touched with and by autism but also to help them be able to help themselves. If you would like to participate please send me a private message and I will happily respond. It has been requested that it be done so on a private matter rather than on the forum so please be respectful to the Adminstrator and comply with this simple request and Thank you every one.


Bonnie D

3135Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:49:53 +0000
Is There Any Shows In California ?,

I just wonder that is there any shows (wood carving, netsuke...) in California ?

Best regards


3107Thu, 02 May 2013 14:30:27 +0000
The Dutch Foreigners In Japan , Netsuke Exhibition, , Leiden ,

The Dutch are in the spotlight at the SieboldHuis Japan Museum from March 1 to June 2.


Exceptional exhibition,

Over 50 netsuke's , Exhibition reflect 25 year long search on shows at the Siebolhuis Japan Museum ,


website ,



guided tour date ,


3100Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:10:03 +0000
Opening Nighthttp:// night posterpost-3134-0-35908600-1362554899.jpg

3050Wed, 06 Mar 2013 07:28:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Japanese Alloy Lecture & Patina Demo]]> wanted to let y’all know I’ve committed to presenting at Ashokan Bladesmith Conference 2012. Sept. 14-16 near Kingston ,NY.


Since becoming enthralled with Japanese alloys and patina in the ‘80s I have also enjoyed sharing what I’ve discovered in the interest of urging others to try the alloys and patina out.


At Ashokan I’ll focus on the alloys and traditional niage patina necessary to develop the colors as seen in traditional Japanese sword fittings and other types of works. The rich palette available using this alloy/patina coalition has much to offer any metalsmith. This will be a somewhat refined version of a talk I gave at the Colorado Metalsmiths convention in 2008.


My slide-talk will include outstanding historical examples of Japanese work, showing detailed close-ups with observations of construction. I’ll also have examples of my own work showing adaptation of the tradition to my own personal expression.


There will also be a demo of the traditional niage patina process.


Registration and more info here:


Here’s a link to my patina tutorial:


Here are three pieces by Shoami Katsuyoshi courtesy of the Kiyomizu-Sannenzaka Museum, Kyoto, Japan:





2846Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:41:01 +0000
Minnesota Potters Tour and Salehttp:// all,


Behind the scenes of TCP, and in addition to my carving work, and parenting, I am the spouse of the potter - Will Swanson - (and was one of those potters in my earlier life). We are in the final week of preparation for the 14th annual pottery tour.


To learn about the tour, check out this site: Minnesota Potters Tour.



558Sun, 07 May 2006 05:28:58 +0000
New Show In New York Cityhttp://


APRIL 1, 2, 3 2011


7W New York

7West 34th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

New York, NY 10001


CraftNEWYORK is a benefit for CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources). 100 artists who produce one-or-a-kind work and limited edition pieces will be presenting their work. Net profits from admission will benefet CERF+.



I will be there with new work.

2414Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:34:10 +0000
Collectors Of Wood Art And American Association Of Woodturnershttp:// Collectors of Wood art (CWA) and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) are meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this week and weekend. It is a big deal weekend for wood collectors and wood artists. I've already been to some CWA events and have been renewing friendships and meeting new people. Last evening was a reception for the CWA members at The Grand Hand Gallery where my work is on display with turned and sculptural work by other wood artists.


On Saturday morning some CWA members will be taking a bus tour to visit artists' studios. The first stop is at our studio, to see where I do my work, and to see my husband's pottery studio. Afterwards, I will race down to the AAW symposium to resume attending the workshops. I live an hour's drive from where the symposia are taking place.


Now to clean up the studio a bit to prepare for visitor!



2482Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:09:44 +0000