Exciting News: 
Janet Cordell and Adina Huckins have been teaching doll carvers for 11 years now, and have developed a group of dedicated and artistic people who carve dolls on a regular basis. They feel that all of them, as a group of woodcarvers, have created a unique and fascinating niche, both for woodcarving and doll making, in today's art world. In view of that, Peter Engler Design Studio is happy to announce a special showing of some of the group's wood-carved dolls for a three day weekend, November 2-4, 2018. Space will be set aside in glass cases for this beautiful artwork. This gives a wider audience the chance to see this unique type of applied woodworking skill. Plan to come in and see! Following are some pictures of the type of work to be represented. 


Upcoming Classes for September and October 2018

      _________________________________________________________________      Roger Stegall’s Caricature Carving Class, October 5 & 6, 2018

Roger will be teaching 3 times at our shop in 2018. He was one of our most popular classes

In 2017, and now Roger has added several new roughouts to choose from for his class.

The dates for the classes are May 25 & 26. June 22 & 23, and October 5 & 6, all Fridays and

Saturdays. The cost for the 2 Day Class is $130 plus cost of roughout, starting at $20.

Bring your favorite tools and a safety glove. Class hours are 10 am to 4 pm with 1 hour lunch.

Bring your lunch, or walk to local restaurants. Perfect for beginner or advanced carvers.


BEGINNER WOODCARVING CLASS Dogwood or Cross by Greg Wilkerson

1 Day Class will be held Every 2nd Monday of each month.

Cost is $130 all day, $78 for 4 hours, $52 for 2 hours. You can also schedule an Appointment with 1 Day notice,to fit your schedule. Bring your lunch or walk to restaurants. Bring your own sharp tools and safety glove or purchase them when you get here.Greg is an accomplished artist who worked with Peter Engler at Engler’s block and Silver Dollar City, and did many of the Cigar Store Indians you have seen over the years.





Realistic Face Class by Greg Wilkerson Greg Wilkerson will be teaching a Realistic Face Class, August 24 & 25, Oct 26 & 27, and Dec. 21 & 22,  and also by Appointment, with only a 1 Day Notice. This 2 Day Class is $165 plus cost of roughout ($30-$40) and runs from 10 am to 5 pm with a 1 hour lunch. Each roughout comes with a full color pattern .This class is not for beginners. You will need to have some carving experience, and bring you own sharpened tools and safety glove. For a more extensive list of tools to bring, call or email the shop. You may also purchase tools and gloves from “ Pete’s Place” when you arrive. You will receive a discount on purchases while you are student. Greg will show you the basics of facial anatomy in carving a face and give you lots of pointers in carving and keeping your tools sharp. Because of the retail environment, no stains or finishes will be applied during class, but a handout explaining how to finish, stain and paint will be given to each student. Call or email the shop to set up a class with Greg.



Native American Shield or Dogwood Cluster Relief Carving Class by Greg Wilkerson.

The dates on this 2 Day Class are Friday & Saturday, September 28 and 29, October 26 & 27, November 30- Dec 1, and December 21 and 22, 2018. You may also schedule this class by appointment with a 1 Day Notice. Cost is $165 plus the cost of the basswood oval , which is $22. Painting will not be done in class, but a full color painting guide will be provided. This class is not for beginners. Bring your own sharp tools, or you may purchase them when you arrive, with your student discount. You may also email or call the shop for a tool list. Class will be from 10 am to 4 pm, with a lunch break. You may bring your lunch or walk to local restaurants.



Ron Allison offers a Beginner Carving and or Painting Class every Wednesday, and also by Appointment. Cost is $65 per day.

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Beginner Gourd and Woodburning Class by Ruth Schumacher.

This class will be a 1 Day Class, every 1st Tuesday of each month.

Class dates are  May 1, June 4, July 3, August 7, Sept. 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, and Dec.4. You may add an additional day if you want and you may also schedule a class By Appointment for your convenience. Class hours are from 10 am to 4 pm and cost is $65 per day plus $15 for supplies.

Topics covered in the class will include design, color (ink dyes), simple woodburning and embellishments.You may bring a woodburner, shader and tips, borrow one,or purchase  from Pete’s Place when you arrive. Bring your lunch or walk to local restaurants.




Ruth has been a teacher of children and adults as well as an educational consultant for many years. Artistic interests include needlework, stained glass, including church window restorations, music, and decorative gourds. You may view her beautiful artwork at the gallery in Peter Engler Designs Gallery.




Woodcarving Knife Sharpening Class by Jim Miller

Jim will be holding a knife sharpening class every 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10am to 12 noon. Dates are May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, Sept.15, Oct 20, Nov

17, and Dec.15, 2018. Cost is $36. Bring your own knife, sharpening stones, and safety

glove, or purchase them when you arrive.




Santa and Angel Ornament Class by Joe Land

This class is September 20-22 (Thursday-Saturday), Cost is $85 per day and you have a choice of how many days you would like to take the class, depending how fast you carve.This will be a really fun class. Bring your sharpened tools and safety glove. Class runs from 10am to 4pm with lunch break. You may also schedule an appointment with a short notice.

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Octoberfest, Santa Face Class by Harley Schmitgen

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018

This is a 1 or 2 Day Class, (you may need a 2nd Day to paint your carving) and is $65 per day + roughout, $30. This face is 7” x 6”. Harley is great with faces and can show you some really helpful tips for carving one. Bring you own sharp tools and safety glove. Harley uses #11 sweeps in 3,4, and 5 mm, and your favorite

carving knife. You may also purchase tools when you arrive and receive a student discount. He will accept any stage of carving experience. Hours are from 10am to 4pm, with a lunch break.



Carving A Realistic Human Face by Everett Ellenwood

This is a 2 day class , Friday  and Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018 from 10am-4pm. Cost is $85 per day. This class is for people with some carving experience. You will start with a 4 x 4 x 7 inch basswood blank, and Everett will take you step by step to the finished carving. (If you don’t finish the carving completely, you will be far enough along that you will be able to complete it on your own time). An in depth study is done on how the facial element references one another with emphasis on how to do the nose, mouth, and eyes.Handouts of how to finish the carving will also be available.

    Everett is an award winning carver with more than 40 years experience specializing in realistic human faces. He has spent many years doing commission and restoration work, and his beautiful carvings grace the private collections of people around the world.He is a nationally recognized instructor, and best selling author of videos and carving books.His book “The Complete Book Of Woodcarving”, is now published in 4 languages: English, Russian, Chinese, and German. When not traveling to instruct,his home is in Rochester, Minnesota.





Beginning Woodcarving by Everett Ellenwood

This is a 2 day class,Tuesday & Wednesday, October 16 & 17th, 2018. Cost is $65 per day.

Learn Woodcarving from the person who wrote the best selling book, “The Complete Book of Woodcarving” and made the 2 very popular DVD’s , “Beginning Woodcarving” and “Sharpening Simplified”. This will be a two day class for people who have little or no carving experience. Class objective is to give you the basic skills which will allow you to enjoy the art of woodcarving. Over the 2 day, at least 3 projects will be completed, with each project geared to teach you  specific elements of woodcarving. Three tools will be used: Carving knife, ⅜” (10mm) #9 gouge, and a “V” tool. Bring your tools if you have them, or you may borrow some tools during the class. You may also purchase tools from “Pete’s Place” at a student discount while you are here. You will also need a safety glove, which is available for purchase.

In this class you will also learn the anatomy of wood, what types of wood are best to carve, tool safety and sharpening, and other tips that Everett has learned over the past 50 years of carving.

He will also provide you with lots of teaching material handouts.


Joe Land will be giving a 3 Day Workshop  on carving a beautiful 17’’ Vintage Santa. There are 2 dates for this class: October 25th -27th, and November 8th- 10th, 2018.  Cost is $250 plus the cost of the roughout $125, (to be paid to Joe, the day of class). Joe will be sharing his knowledge and techniques for carving fur, hair, curly beards, wrinkles and drapery, Santa’s toy bag, add-ons, and also instruction on relief carving the base, and design considerations. Call or email the shop for any questions, or to register for this class.

These classes will fill up fast so get your reservations in early.  November Class will be held upstairs in the classroom over Peter Engler Designs Gallery.





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