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.






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.



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

The dates on this 2 Day Class are Friday & Saturday, 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.





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.






Eddie Simpson will be giving a Feather Art Class, Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10th, 2018. This is a 1 or 2 Day Class, from 1:00 to 4 pm each day. You may choose to take 1 or both days. Cost is $85 for 1 day, or $160 for both days. Just bring your imagination and willingness to learn. Acrylic paints, brushes, feather, and reference material is included in cost. You can bring your own reference material if you want. Beginners are welcome.



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.




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.


Ron Allison Eagle for Class  Project.jpg




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 Sept.15, Oct 23, 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.




Realistic Face Class by Greg Wilkerson

Greg Wilkerson will be teaching a Realistic Face Class 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 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.




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.

                 Joe Land Class Photo 1.JPG                  Joe Land Class Photo 3.jpg        Joe Land Class Photo 2JPG.jpg                                          

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 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.  




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, Tuesday and 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 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.


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 experiece specilizing 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.



Quick Santa Class by Roger Stegall

Roger will be teaching a 1 Day Class, Friday, December 7, 2018. Cost is $65 plus $10 for the rough-out. This class is for beginners and intermediates and would make a great Christmas heirloom. Santa’s list can be personalized with several names, using a wood-burner or felt marker. Class hours are 9:30 - 4:30.


                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.





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.


James Barr's Class Project.jpg




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.