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 by Greg Wilkerson
  • Beginner Carving Class by Greg Wilkerson
  • Relief Carving and or Painting by Ron Allison
  • Knife Sharpening Class by Jim Miller
  • Realistic Face Class by Greg Wilkerson
  • 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
  • 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
  • Caricature Animal Carving Class by Iner Joelso
  • Santa or Spirit Face Class by Steve Smith
  • Gourd Carving and Alcohol Ink Class by Ruth Schumacher


Scheduled  Classes



Cariacture Carving Class by Roger Stegall

Beginner to Advanced


Roger Stegall will  teach a 1 or 2 Day Class, several times this year. Cost is $65 per day, plus cost of your roughout (ranging from $10-30). His Quick Santa will be a lot of fun for beginners, which can be a 1 or 2 day class. Carve the first day and you can use the second day to paint, if you would like some good instruction on how Roger paints his caricatures. You may also choose from his many other caricature roughouts for the class. Call and make an appointment if you would like to try your hand at Caricature Carving. Scheduled dates this year:

April 17 & 18, May 15 & 16, July 31 & Aug.1, Sept. 11 & 12, Oct. 2 & 3, Nov.13 & 14, and Dec. 11 & 12, 2020.

He offers a wide selection of roughouts: soldiers, hillbillies, moonshiners, Santa's, mountain men, wizards, cowboys, and lots more!




Classes by Appointment 


Gourd Carving and Alcohol Ink Classes by Ruth Schumacher

Beginner to Advanced


Ruth Schumacher will be adding 2 new classes this year for those of you who want to do some power carving. Ruth will teach you the basics of power carving a design in a gourd. You will need to bring your own power carving tools, but she will furnish the dust collector for this class if you need one.  It is very dusty, so you must bring your own face mask filter, and safety glasses for this project. You must also be able to breath in a dusty environment, and even though the dust collectors get most of the dust, it is still in the air. If you don’t have power tools, they are available for purchase when you arrive.

Cost for this class is $65 per day, plus $10+ for supplies, and length of class depends on you, as Ruth is available for more than 1 day. Call the shop at 417-335-6862 for more information and to schedule a time.


She will also teach the basics of Alcohol Ink Dyes on tile,  which is a short class that can only last a ½ day if you wish. Cost is $26 per hour.

Some examples of Gourd Power Carving:



Some examples of the Alcohol Ink Dye on Tile Class:


Santa or Spirit Face Class by Steve Smith


Steve Smith is our newest instructor for 2020. He will be teaching either a Santa Face or his very popular Spirit Face, your choice. If you finish your project and have time, he will help you with painting it, or send an instruction sheet home with you. Cost of this 1 Day Class is $65 plus cost of supplies, $10+. He will be available Friday’s by appointment, from 

10am - 4pm. Bring you own tools and safety glove, if you have any, or you may purchase when you arrive. Steve has been carving at Silver Dollar City and giving classes around this area for many years, and is very versatile in his carving and painting. He has carved over 2,000 faces in pencils over the years, so he might be persuaded to teach you how to do one of those, too. 


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.


Gourd and Woodburning Class by Ruth Schumacher

Beginner or Advanced

This is a 1 or 2 Day Class, by appointment for your convenience, with a short 1 or 2 day notice. Ruth will cover topics such as design, color (ink dyes) simple woodburning and embellishments.You can choose from one of the beautiful projects shown below. The first 3 are pendants made from pieces of broken gourd! Beginners welcome.




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.




“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.