Class Schedule

Class Schedule




                               Come join us at our Downtown Location

Peter Engler Designs

201 South Commercial

Branson, MO 65616

417-335-6862 or Email:

We are going into the busy season here in Branson and have lots of great classes, so check them out, and call or email us to schedule an appointment.






BEGINNER WOODCARVING CLASS 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 arrive.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.



Relief Carving and Painting Class by Ron Allison

This is a 1 Day Class which will be offered every Wednesday, from 10 am to 4 pm with 1 hour break for lunch. Bring lunch or walk to nearby restaurants.. Cost is $65 and includes basswood board, pattern, graphite paper, paints, and brushes. Bring your own favorite sharpened carving tools, and safety glove. Or you may purchase them when you arrive. Beginners welcome, or seasoned carvers can purchase a more complicated version of the eagle rough out from Ron for $20. You may also bring a carving you have and need help with carving or painting, instead of doing the eagle or Santa  project. Ron will also give a class any day except Sunday, with a 1 day notice.


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Relief Carving Class by Sheilah Nichols                                              Sheila Nichols Class Photo.jpg                                                   

This is a 2 Day Class, by Appointment. Cost is $85 per day and includes blank. You may also add an additional day of painting your carving for $85. Sheilah worked with John Engler for 28 years, and still works with him during the fall festival at Silver Dollar City. Bring your favorite sharpened tools and safety glove. Sheilah uses a v tool, flat gouge, and carving knife. If you need tools or a glove you may purchase them when you arrive. Beginners welcome. Sheilah also has a Covered Bridge Blank and some other scenes to choose from, for more experienced carvers.




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 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.






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 date for the class is October 5 & 6. 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.





Chip Carving Class by Jerry Baker

This class is by Appointment. Jerry will come in on a 1 Day Notice. Beginner and Advanced Classes available. Cost is $65 per day, plus blank (call shop for more details.) Bring your chip carving knife and safety glove, or you may purchase them when you arrive.

Jerry Baker Advanced Chip and Relief Carving Class.jpgJ Baker Photo for Google Docs.jpgJerry Baker Chip Carv 1.jpg




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 and runs from 10 am to 5 pm with a 1 hour lunch.  Price includes your choice of one of 8 roughouts. 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 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.





Santa and Angel Ornament Class by Joe Land

This class is scheduled for September 20, 21, and 22, 2018. 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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This 2 or 3 Day Class (your choice) is $85 per Day + cost of roughout, $20. This class is by Appointment for your convenience. Joe also has a line of Santa Ornaments that a beginner can start with.

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Learn to carve fur, hair, and full curly beards for your Santa’s and Mountain Men. Joe will show you easily attainable techniques for carving realistic and convincing hair, fur, and beards that will add that “punch” and style to your carvings. Topics covered will include tool selection, layout, improvisation, locks, curls, dimension, movement, and just the right amount of subtle detail. Joe’s wonderfully detailed Santa’s show a European influence. Joe was recently awarded First Place in the Santa category at the International Carver’s Congress Carving Show in Iowa.



Relief Carving Class by Joe Land

Joe will be teaching his beautiful and unique style of Relief Carving and Painting. This class is  by Appointment. Cost is $85 per day, and this is a 2 or 3 day class, depending on your time schedule. Bring your own sharp tools and carving glove, or purchase them when you arrive. The project will be Santa and Bunny, pictured below. Call the shop or email to sign up or for more info.




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 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 when you arrive. Bring your lunch or walk to local restaurants.

Examples of possible projects are shown below. Choose 1 Project.

      Pendant, Earrings            Pendant 2                 Pendant 3 Pendant 4

Small Bowl                Small Bowl 2   Pendant 5 Pendant 6


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.




“3-D Relief” Deer, Moose, Buffalo or Bear by Ron Allison

Ron is adding a new class for intermediate carvers, The 3-D Relief Deer, Moose, Buffalo, or Bear. This will be a really fun class and will be every Wednesday, or by Appointment (with at least 1 Day Notice) for your convience. Cost is $65 per day and it is a 2 or 3 day class, depending on your carving skillls.  





Glass (Torch) Blowing Class by Renee’ Capel Jacobson

Renee will be offering 4 different classes here at our shop.

#1 Introduction to Hot Glass. Cost is $295 and includes 3 hours of glass lampworking, using her tools and supplies. You will be learning how to make a dogwood and rose.You will actually leave with your first two pieces you learn.

#2 This is a 1 Day Class from 10am to 4pm, with 1 hour off for lunch and cost is $490. Price includes all supplies you will need. You will learn how to create flowers, earrings and pendent.

#3 She is offering a 2 Day Class for $975, from 10am to 4pm both days, 1 hour off for lunch. You will learn to make animal sculptures.

#4 This is a 3 Day intermediate Glass Class, from 10-4, 1 hour off for lunch.You will be making flowers, jewelry, animals, suncatchers, and marbles. Cost for all 3 days is $1270 and includes everything you need to learn this art form.

Renee will be available for any of these classes starting April 5 and will be available almost every Thursday and Friday every month of 2018. Call shop or come by to book a class with Renee or for more info.

Renee and her family have been creating beautiful pieces of glass around the Branson area and other parts of the country as well. You have undoubtedly seen her work we are very excited to offer you a chance to learn this art. She also has instructional DVD’s available.




Carving The Eye, and Facial Feature Class by Gerald Sears  will be held Saturday September 8, 2018 fro 10 am to 4. Cost is $65 and includes basswood for instruction. This class will help you with carving parts of the face and hands. You may also do Gerald’s Head Stick, which is carving an entire head in the round. The roughout for this is an additional $20. Bring your own sharp tools or purchase them when you arrive.




Beginning Woodcarving by Everett Ellenwood

This is a 2 day class, Thursday and Friday,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 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.



                SCHEDULED CLASSES FOR 2019:


Log Carving Class by James Barr

Come join us for this 3 Day Class, February 15, 16, and 17, 2019

Cost is $325 , plus $50 for log. Bring your favorite mallet and tools, safety glasses and gloves. For a more extensive list, call or email the shop. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to carve like the old masters from the early days of Silver Dollar City, The Wilderness Clockworks and Engler’s Block, this is the class for you. You can bring your own idea and James will help you lay it out, or use one of his. Class will be held at the shop and only 4 slots are available, so don’t miss out on enrolling. If you missed the one we had February 2018, you can still get in on this one. It was really amazing to watch the log take shape and turn into a beautiful masterpiece.


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  Parking For Students and Instructors

You can unload in the Unloading Zone in front of the shop. Then you can park all day at the end of Pacific Street in the Free Parking lot, just to the left of the Parking Garage (About 1 block east of shop). You can also park in the Parking Garage from $6 to $10 per day. Handicapped can make arrangements ahead of time and we will park your car for you. There is also a Free Parking Lot at the Landing on the Belks or Bass Pro sides, where you can park all day and ride the Free Trolley over to our shop, but that takes about 30 minutes. The Trolley runs from 9 am to 6 pm. If you park anywhere else, you will have to move your vehicle every 2 hours (or every 3 hours in the new lot behind the shop), or get ticketed by the city.



Classes are non-refundable, except for emergencies, or if the class is cancelled by the instructor.


It is very difficult to get the classes and students coordinated, so that everyone can be available. We realize that most of you will have to make arrangements ahead of time to be able to attend these classes. Most of the instructors need a certain amount of students to enroll or it’s not worth their time to travel here to teach a class. Please make sure you call and check on the status of the class if you have any concerns. If a class is cancelled for any reason by the instructor we will call everyone as soon as we are notified.