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 have lots of great classes, so check them out.

Call or email us to schedule an appointment.




  • Relief Carving Class - offered 6 days a week
  • Beginner Carving Class - offered 6 days a week
  • Relief Carving and or Painting by Ron Allison
  • Knife Sharpening Class by Jim Miller
  • Realistic Face Class - offered 6 days a week
  • Carving Fur, Hair, and Curly Beards by Joe Land
  • Relief Carving Class by Joe Land
  • Santa and Angel Ornament Class by Joe Land
  • Beginner Gourd and Wood Burning by Ruth Schumacher
  • 3-D Relief by Ron Allison
  • Relief Carving Class by Sheilah Nichols
  • Cariacture Carving Class by Roger Stegall
  • Quick Santa Class by Roger Stegall
  • Carving Class by Adina Huckins
  • Christmas is Comin by Harley Schmitgen
  • Carving Class by Janet Cordell



                SCHEDULED CLASSES FOR 2019:



Relief Carving Class by Sheilah Nichols

Beginners to Advanced

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This is a 2 or 3 Day Class, August 29-31st, September 19-21st, October 24-26th, and November 14-16th. Cost is $85 per day plus cost of blank. You may also add an additional day of painting your carving for $85. 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. Choose from the Log Cabin scene (best for beginners) or the Covered Bridge (which may take 3 days). Sheilah has worked with John Engler for over 30 years, at Englers Block, and Silver Dollar City during the fall festivals.





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In our combined 51 years of teaching wood sculpture professionally, Adina Huckins and I have seen a need for a seminar that personalizes the learning experience of the student. We understand and sympathize with the frustration of students who are not getting as much instructor time as they need for their individual projects. From the point of view of instructors, we have also experienced some frustration with not having enough time with each of our students.

For some time, we have team taught two classes a year here in Arkansas. These have been successful, but have still been situations where time was too limited by class size, even with both of us teaching. As a result, we have been talking together about the concept of a Master Class that we team teach. Our goal is to be sure that the student has full attention for their project for as much time as they need during the class. To that end, we are offering our first Master Class at Peter Engler Designs in Branson, Missouri, on September 13-15, 2019. Following is a description of how we think a class like this will work.

We have decided to limit our number of students to 8, and have the tuition be a percentage higher, at $500 per student, to be able to keep the number of students smaller. What this means for you is that you will have one of us working with your table at all times.

Over the years we have each taught what we call an “open” format class. Some are unsure what that entails. In short, it means you can carve whatever you want. This ranges from things like facial planes and basic forms to actual sculptural pieces and design concept.*

A few examples might be:

Realistic, caricature, or abstract

Realistic, caricature, or abstract

Scenes that involve animals or humans



I’m sure you all know we carve dolls. That’s also something we will definitely include for those who want to carve them.

A note about design: We would spend time working with you before you even start carving. Perhaps you would like to do a realistic sculpture with action involved, or an abstract sculpture with really beautiful lines- we can help you with that or even design one and work with you on it. Some really want to learn about design but feel there’s not enough time in a simple project focused class. This is your chance to pick our brain and get into an analysis of design and our chance to help you with your ideas.

Many of you may love the idea of a master class, but have no ideas for a project. Contact us. Our father always taught us that unless a piece tells a story it isn’t really art. We will help you tell your story.

Any designs that are especially complex may need more than one class to be completed. The goal of learning art and sculpture is not accomplished by project completion alone. It is a process that all of us are in the middle of on some level. We have always realized that a work of art is not a project that can be measured in days or weeks, and we have endeavored to teach the principle that there is more reward in measuring success through enjoyment of the artistic learning experience, not the time spent on a project.

We hope ones who have already carved with us as well as those who have been with us for many years can take part in this new class concept with us. Let us know if you’re interested!

*a few exceptions are: political, religious, or holiday themed projects. Hopefully what you learn with us would enable you to design those things on your own time.

Janet Cordell






“Christmas Is Comin”, Santa Face Class by Harley Schmitgen

 Friday and Saturday, September 27 & 28, 2019.

This is a  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. He will accept any stage of carving experience. Hours are from 9:30am to 4pm.





I’ll be teaching a woodcarving class at Peter Engler Design Studio in Branson, Missouri, and you’re invited to attend. The class will be held in the classroom upstairs, over the woodcarving gallery and shop. Cost for the five day class will be $350 plus cost of blank.

SUBJECT: Your choice. Use one of my designs or roughouts, or work on an idea of your own that you’ve been thinking about. Most people come to my classes to learn anatomy of humans or a specific animal, and how to design and execute their own work for maximum effect. My roughouts are designed mainly for teaching specific lessons and levels, and all are aimed at enhancing the student learning curve. I will need to know in advance what you’ll be carving.

Janet Cordell

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Beginner to Advanced

Roger will be teaching several carving classes for in 2019 and now Roger has several roughouts to choose from for his class. The dates for the 2 Day classes are November 8 & 9, 2019.  The cost is $130 plus cost of roughout, starting at $10. Bring your favorite tools and safety glove. Class hours are 10 am to 4 pm.







Quick Santa Class by Roger Stegall


Roger will be teaching this 1 Day Class December 7, 2019 or by appointment with a 2 Day Notice. Cost is $65 plus $10 for the roughout. Santa’s list can be personalized with several names. Class hours are 9:30 - 4:30.




Classes by Appointment 


Relief Carving Class


Schedule this class by appointment with 1 Day Notice. This is a 2-day class. Cost is $165 plus the cost of the basswood oval. Painting will not be done in class, but a full color painting guide will be provided. Bring your own sharp tools or you may purchase when you arrive. You may also email or call the shop for a tool list. Class will be from 10 am to 4 pm.






Cost is $130 all day, $78 for 4 hours, $52 for 2 hours. Schedule an Appointment with 1 Day notice. Bring your own sharp tools and safety glove or purchase here.

Choose from 4-6” oval dogwood or cross, 4’’ round ornament size, or his new starter face project.






Relief Carving and Painting Class by Ron Allison

Beginners or Advanced

Cost is $65 and includes basswood board, pattern, graphite paper, paints, and brushes. This is a 1-day class which will be offered every Wednesday or by appointment with a 1-day notice. Bring your own favorite sharpened carving tools and safety glove, or you may purchase when you arrive. Advanced 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. You may choose from a Santa Ornament, Eagle Head, Owl, or a Carved Eagle Feather.


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Knife and Carving Tool Sharpening Class by Jim Miller

This class is held the 3rd Saturday of each month. 10am-12pm for Knife sharpening and 1pm-3pm for V Tool and Gouge sharpening. Cost is $36 per class. Jim has been a woodcarver for many years and works here at the shop. Jim is an expert on using and sharpening carving tools. If you are having trouble getting and keeping your tools sharp this is the class for you. Bring your woodcarving knife, sharpening stones or diamond sharpeners, and safety glove or you may purchase any of these items when you arrive.



Realistic Face Class


Realistic Face Class by Appointment, with only a 2 Day Notice. This 2 Day Class is $165, plus the cost of the roughout ($30-$40) and runs from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Choose from  one of 8 roughouts. Each roughout comes with a full color pattern. You will need to have some carving experience and bring your 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 learn the basics of facial anatomy and 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.



Beginner or Advanced

This is a 2 or 3 Day Class (your choice) and is $65 per Day + cost of roughout $20. Joe will  teach this class by Appointment for your convenience. Joe has a line of Santa Ornaments for beginners.

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 and curls, dimension, movement, and just the right amount of subtle detail. Joe’s wonderfully detailed Santa’s show a European influence. Joe was awarded First Place in the Santa category at the International Carver’s Congress Carving Show in Iowa.

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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, this is a 2 or 3 day class. Bring your own sharp tools and carving glove or purchase when you arrive. The project will be Santa and Bunny, pictured below. Call the shop or email to sign up or for more info.




Santa and Angel Ornament Class by Joe Land

Beginner or Advanced

This Class is by appointment  and cost is $85 per day. Joe will help you create a little masterpiece to hang on your Christmas tree or give away to someone special.


Beginner Gourd and Woodburning Class by Ruth Schumacher

This class will be a 1 Day Class, by appointment. 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), woodburning, and embellishments.You may bring a woodburner, shader and tips, borrow one, or purchase when you arrive.

Examples of possible projects are shown below.


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.




“3-D Relief” Class by Ron Allison


This will be a really fun class. This class will be held every Wednesday or by appointment with 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.  





  Parking For Students and Instructors

You can unload in the Loading Zone in front of the shop. Free parking available all day at the end of Pacific Street, 1 block east of shop. Handicap/disabled parking assistance can be pre-arranged.



Classes are non-refundable, unless cancelled by instructor.