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Red River Valley Woodcarvers

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

Kitten in a Mitten Ornament Class – November 7

Join us at the Moorhead American Legion for this adorable carving project. Dick Skauge will be leading the class in carving the ornament from basswood. There will be a separate class in December to paint the ornament.

Learn from Dick Skauge how to make this adorable kitten ornament. The blank is basswood approximately 4 3/4” X 2” X 2”. In the example the kitten’s fur has been woodburned, but we will not be doing that in the class. You may chose to do that at home, but it is not required. The December class will be on how to pain the ornament.

Class will run from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be a break at 10:30 for the club meeting. You are welcome to join in. There will be a lunch break following the meeting.  A burger and fries from the American Legion is included in your class registration but you will need to purchase your own beverage. You may chose to eat at a local restaurant if you prefer. Outside food is not permitted.

Experience level: Beginner and up. This is not for someone who hasn’t carved before.

Suggested Tools: Safety glove and thumb guard, small palm tools,


Fees: $35.00 paid to the Red River Valley Woodcarvers (RRVWC)

               $3.00 blank fee paid to the instructor

Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kitten-in-a-mitten-wood-carved-ornament-tickets-125169769149

Summer Whittle In – July 25, 10-4

Join us at the Moorhead American Legion (303 30th St. N) for a time of carving and eating! This is an informal event, so come and go as you please. There will not be a meeting or a class. The club will be purchasing burger and fries lunch for members. You are responsible for purchasing your own beverage.

Please bring a carving or two to display. There will be a display table for you to show off what you have been working for over the summer.

This is where we will be having our meetings, so it is a great time to check things out. Hope to see you there!

Coronavirus Cancellations

We have made the very difficult decision to cancel both our April Meeting and the April Wood Arts Festival. Keep safe, and we hope to see and carve with you soon!

Alec LaCasse Class

Bark Face Carving Class with Alec LaCasse
October 16-17, 9 am—5 pm

at the Moorhead American Legion

Master wood carver Alec LaCasse will be teaching a realistic face in cottonwood bark class. You can see his work and learn more about him on his website https://www.aleclacasse.com/

To register for the class you must send in a $100 deposit.  The other $100 can be paid at that time or at the class.  This covers all of the materials needed for the class including the cottonwood bark. 

The class will be held at the Moorhead American Legion, 303 30th St. N.  There will be a break for lunch.  Lunch is not provided but there are many venues available in the area.  We will not have any sharpening equipment available, so make sure your tools are ready to go in advance.

Experience level: Intermediate and up
Suggested Tools: Safety glove and thumb guard
#4  25 mm gouge
#11  4 mm veiner
# 9  6 mm gouge
#9  16 mm gouge
#47 4 mm V-tool

The registration form may be printed and mailed to
Patty Molm
5721 32nd St. S
Frontier, ND 58104

Carve a Gnome out of Basswood with Bob Lawrence – March 7, 9-4

Carve a whimsical gnome 8″ tall. The class will focus on carving the gnome with a demonstration of how to paint it. The class is $30 payable to RRVWC and there will be a charge of $10 for the blank payable to the instructor at the time of the class.

The class will be held at “In the Chips,” 303 21st St N., Moorhead. There will be a break at 10:00 for the RRVWC club meeting. You are welcome to attend or to continue working on your project. There is a lunch break around noon. You can either bring a lunch, or there are some options nearby to go out for lunch.

Please print and mail in the registration form linked below to “In the Chips,” 303 21st St. N., Moorhead, MN 56560. You can also call 218-233-6000 or email inthechipsMN@gmail.com.

Carve a Wood Spirit in Bark – February 1, 9-4

Carve your own unique wood spirit in cottonwood bark with Bob Lawrence. Learn the basics of carving faces. The concentration is on facial features and eyes with texturing hair etc. The class is $30 payable to RRVWC and there will be a charge for the bark of approximately $7-$10 (depending on size of bark) paid to the instructor at class time.

The class will be held at “In the Chips,” 303 21st St N., Moorhead. There will be a break at 10:00 for the RRVWC club meeting. You are welcome to attend or to continue working on your project. There is a lunch break around noon. You can either bring a lunch, or there are some options nearby to go out for lunch.

Please print and mail in the registration form linked below to “In the Chips,” 303 21st St. N., Moorhead, MN 56560. You can also call 218-233-6000 or email inthechipsMN@gmail.com.

Beginning Carving Class – January 11, 12:30-4 pm

Have you ever wanted to try woodcarving?  A class especially for beginners will be offered Saturday, January 11.  The class will start at 12:30 and run until 4:00  (or until the project is completed).  We will be carving your choice of a stylized goose or dog.  If you have tools, bring them, but all tools and safety equipment will be available for your use.  The class will be taught by Dick Skauge.  Come join us and experience the joy of woodcarving.

The class will be held at “In the Chips,” 303 21st St N., Moorhead

There is a limited number of spots available. If you are unable to attend after registering, please let us know ASAP as we usually have a waitlist. Please print and mail in the registration form linked below to “In the Chips,” 303 21st St. N., Moorhead, MN 56560. You can also call 218-233-6000 or email inthechipsMN@gmail.com.




December 7 – Rolling Bison

Dave Ihry will be teaching a rolling bison. This is for advanced beginner carvers and up. This means you have a little carving experience. If you have successfully taken one of our beginner classes, this would be doable.

Class will run from 9:00-4:00 (or when finished). We will take a break at 10:00 for the Red River Valley Woodcarvers Club meeting (45 minutes to one hour). There will also be a lunch break around noon. You may bring a sack lunch, or visit one of the local eateries.

The class fee is $30 paid to RRVWC. The material fee is to be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class. Please print and mail in the registration form linked below to “In the Chips,” 303 21st St. N., Moorhead, MN 56560. The material fee is $9 which covers the cost of the wood blank. If you do not have tools, there will be a limited number of tools available to use.

November 2 – Ornament Class

Dick Skauge will be teaching a penguin ornament and will have 2 other ornament blanks available. This is a great class for someone just starting out. More experienced carvers are always welcome to come and can enjoy a fun carving project.

Class will run from 9:00-4:00 (or when finished). We will take a break at 10:00 for the Red River Valley Woodcarvers Club meeting (45 minutes to one hour). There will also be a lunch break around noon. You may bring a sack lunch, or visit one of the local eateries.

The class fee is $30 paid to RRVWC. The material fee is to be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class. Please print and mail in the registration form linked below to “In the Chips,” 303 21st St. N., Moorhead, MN 56560.

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