Class Schedule

Class Schedule



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                               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.







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

The dates on this 2 Day Class are  First Friday & Saturday of each month.  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.




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 from “Pete’s Place” 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.

Choose from 4-6” oval dogwood or cross, or 4’’ round ornament size.





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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Woodcarving Knife Sharpening Class by Jim Miller

Jim will be holding a woodcarving knife sharpening class:

Every 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10am - 12 noon.

Cost is $36. 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 by Greg Wilkerson

Greg Wilkerson will be teaching a Realistic Face Class every First Friday and Saturday of each month, and also 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 with a 1 hour lunch. Choose from  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 and 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.



This is a 2 or 3 Day Class  (your choice) and is $65 per Day + cost of roughout $20 (you can add a 3rd day if you wish). Joe will  teach this class by Appointment for your convenience. If you are a beginner, he has a line of Santa Ornaments that you can learn on.

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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 and curls, dimension, movement, and just the right amount of subtle detail. Joe’s wonderfully detailed Santa’s show a European influence. He 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. 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.


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.  




                SCHEDULED CLASSES FOR 2019:


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

This is a 2 Day Class, by Appointment during the months of January, February, and March. 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.







Roger will be teaching several carving classes for us in 2019 and now Roger has added several new roughouts to choose from for his class. The dates for the 2 Day classes are, March 2 & 3, June 28 & 29, August 3 & 4, November 8 & 9, 2019.  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.



Quick Santa Class by Roger Stegall

Roger will be teaching this  1 Day Class, April 13, May 18, December 7, 2019, or also by Appointment with a 2 Day Notice. Cost is $65 plus $10 for the roughout. This class is for beginners. Santa’s list can be personalized with several names, using a woodburner or felt marker. Class hours are 9:30 - 4:30.




Wayne Laramore will be teaching a Caricature Carving Class Friday and Saturday, March 29th & 30th, 2019. Cost of this 2 Day Class is $130. He will have several roughouts to choose from and beginners are welcome. Bring your own sharp tools and a safety glove or you can buy them when you arrive, with the student discount which you will receive while taking classes. Wayne is a member of the Caricature Carvers of America and a frequent guest carver at Silver Dollar City and Peter Engler Designs, where

you’ll see him sharing his love for carving with the visitors there.



Paul Pitt will be giving a Woodburning Class June 13th, 14th and 15th, 2019. Paul is a Professor of Art at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and a very versatile and talented artist. In this class you will be woodburning a design on a walking stick. You may also burn a design on one of Paul’s handmade Native American Flutes, which you may purchase from Paul for $200. You will need to order the flute by April 2019, for Paul to make. Cost of this 3 Day Class is $75 per day, plus the cost of the flute or walking stick, which will run between $10-$20.




Note: You may bring a small light to set beside your area to see your work better, if needed, for any class. You should also bring a small 8' extension cord for your light. 


  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.