We introduce veterans to the tools and different woods that woodworkers utilize and how to implement them in a variety of woodworking projects. They learn sharpening, tool maintenance, and carving techniques for traditional hand carving as well as power carving and chainsaw carving. These hands-on classes are taught in a relaxed, informal fun environment and are designed to give the veteran the knowledge to continue to build their skills after they return home. Each participant receives basic woodworking tools to take home
CREATE, SCULPT, REPEAT
The veterans receive instruction on four projects: a relief carving, a shorebird in the round, a ball in a cage on a chain, and a chainsaw statue.The different projects are designed to teach different methods and techniques of woodcarving. Throughout the workshop, the instructors will also give skill builder lessons, such a carving a wooden ball which will be put to the test when it gets 'rolled' alongside other carvers in the 'roll-a-ball' challenge.
"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Veteran, U.S. Army, WWII
What's Involved In A Woodcarving Workshop?
Our quality instruction is based on a comprehensive course curriculum that was created by a group of woodcarving instructors, Joe Dillet, Kevin Coughlan, Jonathon Labenne and Daniel Burgette. These dedicated volunteers are masters of the craft and are committed to helping wounded veterans become one too. The classes are kept small so the instructors can individually guide them through the projects and assist them in achieving their goals.
We put down our tools for a day and explore the serene setting of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We'll take in a field trip to the Grand Teton National Park, do some wildlife sightseeing, or just wander around the town of Jackson during each workshop.
Jackson Hole is truly a magical place where one can spot antelope, bison, coyotes, deer, eagles, elk, falcons, marmots, moose, and many more wildlife whether you're in the mountains or even downtown! All the natural beauty is certainly good for woodcarving inspiration!