Red River Valley Wood Carvers

"To promote camaraderie among woodcarvers and encourage the continuance of the art through education, public display, and civic involvement."

41st Annual R.R.V. Int. Wood Arts Festival

Thank you everybody who attended the 41st Annual Red River Valley International Wood Arts Festival this year on April 8-10th at the Baymont Inn, Fargo. We had an amazing turnout, twice the number of people that attended the show last year!!!

The aisles were packed with wood art enthusiast and people that just came in to admire the beautiful works on display.


Artists from all over the Midwest and even Canada had tables exhibiting their best work.


The Wood Arts Festival is a grand show where you can come see everything from carvers, turners, burners, antler carvings and chip carvers!


If you turn pens, do inlay work or even some scroll saw pieces, you will find something to admire! Don Nettum is the skilled and patient soul behind these wonderful scrollsaw masterpieces. Wow!


If you are looking for some quality handmade utensils stop by and check out The Karving Koskelas! I think their whole family is involved in some kind of art in one form or another.


Towards the back of the room we keep some of the best woodturners around in Ryan Hoss and Paul Hedman. These guys create some far out stuff!



The Wood Arts Festival isn’t just about the artist. It’s also a great opportunity for the public to take classes and even attend some free demonstrations on almost all the disciplines of wood art!


The show also features a work in progress piece. This piece is a carousel horse and is a direct replica of a historic horse from the carousel at the Red River Zoo. Larry Longtine and Dick Skauge have been chipping away at the horse and when complete it will be donated to the Red River Z00!


This year the show brought in nationally recognized carver Chris Hammack to teach classes and display some of his amazing caricatures! Thank you Chris for the great class and inspiration you bring to the carving community!


Well folks, hope to see you next year and again thank you for attending and making this an awesome experience!

Sign up for Wayne Hankels Class!

March 5, 2016                                    Tuition…$40.00                      Materials fee…$5.00

Wayne Hankel will teach the carving of a wren from a butternut wood cutout. The usual palm tools and knife are needed plus a wood burner if you wish to accent some feathers on the carving. A maximum of 15 students from beginner to advanced skill level will be allowed. The $5.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class time.

For further information please contact:
Barry Kutzer:
701-232-8718 /

Download registration form below.

March Class


41st Annaul Red River Int.Wood Arts Fest.

Red River Valley International Wood Arts Festival
April 8 – 10, 2016
Baymont Inn
3333 13th Ave. So, Fargo ND 58103

Here is the agenda for a great and exciting weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm Class with Chris Hammack – Feathered Carver – Chestnut Room
7:00pm – 9:00pm Display table set up for participants in Woodland Room
*Exhibitors may set up displays AFTER all tables have been
set up (Exhibitors only please!)
Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:00am – 11:30am Continuation of class with Chris Hammack
8:00am – 11:30am Class with Larry Longtine – Elm Room
9:00am – 11:30am Class for Adult Beginners – Cedar Room
8:00am – 11:30am Class for youth – Wayne Hankel – Birch Room
8:00am – 10:00am Exhibitors may set up displays (Exhibitors only please!)
10:00am – 5:00pm Show open to public
(Admission Fee: $3.00 per adult; under 12 free; Family $7.00)
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch (cost included in registration fee) – Walnut Room
(Exhibitors will eat in shifts. Their exhibit tables will be
supervised by RRVWC Volunteers if needed)
5:30pm – 6:00pm Social hour (cash bar) – Birch and Walnut Room
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Carving Exchange, Door Prizes
(All are welcome to attend after Dinner)
Sunday, April 10, 2016
8:00am – 11:30am Continuation of class with the Chris Hammack – Chestnut Room
8:00am – 11:30am Continuation of class with Larry Longtine – Elm Room
9:00am – 11:30am Class for Adult Beginners – Cedar Room
10:00am – 4:00pm Show open to public
(Admission Fee: $3.00 per adult; under 12 free; Family $7.00)
11:30am – 12:30p Brunch (cost included in registration fee) – Birch & Walnut Room.
(The same procedure will be followed as was used Saturday)
3:30pm Presentation of People’s Choice & Carver choice Awards

A block of rooms have been set aside at the newly remodeled Baymont Inn
at the rate of $88.00 per night. Up to four people can stay in one room.
Rooms not booked by March 11, 2016 will be released and the regular rate will apply.
For reservations call the Baymont Inn at 701-235-3333 or toll free at 1-800-433-3235

For further information please contact:
Barry Kutzer:
701-232-8718 /

You can download more information and registration form with the links below.




Let’s carve with Bob Lawrence!

Upcoming Class by Bob Lawrence  February 6, 2016

Bob Lawrence will teach the carving of a twelve inch long eagle feather from a basswood blank. The tip of the feather will have an eagle head carved in it. The usual palm tools and knife will be used. If time allows, students will paint the feather. Painting supplies will be provided.


Download form here.


Barry Kutzer’s Painting Class

January 9, 2016

Barry Kutzer will teach the painting of last month’s carving project (or any other carving you bring). Students will learn painting techniques using acrylic paint as they apply to wood carvings. They will learn the prepainting preparation of the carving, wash, stain, shading, highlighting as well as sealing the piece upon completion. There will be some lecture but most of the class will be hands-on student participation. A board will be provided so that techniques discussed may be practiced.

Here is an example of Barry’s beautiful painting technique!


Download your registration form here.

Jan Class

Kitten Class Fun

This past Saturday was Gary’s Kitten in a Mitten class and it was a whole lot of fun!


A wonderful carving that will make a perfect gift for a loved one during the holiday season. Oh, and you get to carve at a table with these guys!!!


Gary Paulsen and his kitten in a mitten!

On Dec. 5th, Gary Paulsen will teach the carving of a “Kitten in a Mitten”.

This is the perfect carving to do just in time for the holidays!


Don’t waste time signing up folks! This class is subject to a maximum of 12 students of any level.

Gary is a phenomenal carver and has years upon years of expert advice he would love to share!


We can’t wait to make him part of our Galleries section, but don’t wait until then to find out what you missed out on. Download the registration form here or click on our Registration button.

Dec. class 2015

Guitar by Jose Carlos Silva

Hello everyone! My name is Jose Carlos Silva and I am one of the newest members of the Red River Valley Wood Carvers and the manager of this website. My wife and I joined the club this summer and were greeted with open arms.

A couple of months ago my wife and I were having dinner with some good friends Sarah and Derek. I told them that I had always wanted to try to carve or woodburn something on a guitar.  Derek being a musician said that he might have a guitar for me to experiment on.

A few weeks went by and then Derek handed me this cool black Ibanez guitar. Just his most sentimental guitar….no pressure or anything!


I wasted no time diving in, stripping it down and removing the finish.


Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I have never done this before!!! So after 2 hours of working on the finish I was beginning to get a little worried. The wood underneath was starting to chip in certain spots and it was getting the best of me.

The next day I decided to try a rotary tool with a sanding band on it. It was a lot slower but worked a lot smoother and after another 2.5 hours I had the whole front cleaned off.

Now for the fun part! I had been thinking of a design for a while and had drawn a sketch of it. I wanted to do something that would stand the test of time…elegant and simple, but a little edge to it as well!

Like an obsessed mad man I got to work, drawing, sanding and woodburning!


Finally, after almost 20 hours of intense artistic ambition,it was done!

I call it the Fall Of The Kings Guitar.


Every minute that I put into this piece was driven by my love to create beautiful things.

It is now back in the hands of its rightful owner Derek. Who by the way, had no clue what I had imagined for his baby when he originally handed it off to me.

I am so excited about this beauty that I had to share it on here. Hope you guys enjoyed it too.



Dick Skauge Class is coming up!

November 7, 2015                 Tuition…$40.00                      Materials fee…$15.00

Dick Skauge will teach the carving of a ½ size canvasback decoy. A butternut cutout will be carved using palm tools and/or long handled tools and a bench hook.


We will insert glass eyes. This is a stylized carving of a canvasback. It will be sanded and a clear finish will be applied, if there is time.


Bench hooks and long handled tools will be available for use during class time. A $15.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class time. A maximum of 12 students; skill level beginner to advanced.

* Basic tools will be available for anyone who is new at wood carving. Sign up and enjoy the wonderul art of woodcarving.

Registration Form

Nov. class 2015

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