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Intro to Woodcarving

3 hrs          $50

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Class Description

An introduction to the tools and techniques of woodcarving.  Try them, test them out and find the right ones for you.  Carving is safe, fun, and easy to get started.  Demonstrations of Sharpening stones and wheels for carving tools: chisels, knives, and gouges.  Try out wood carving power tools that make things easier and faster.  There are a variety of vices and other wood holding devices, wood burning tools, air quality controls and safety considerations.   This is a great overview to get started and find the right tools for you.

3 HRS                     $50               4 – 8 people


  1. Carving gouges from Pfeil, Swissmade, Ashley Isles, Grant, Ramelson, OCC, Dockyard, & Flexcut.

  2. Knives from Grant, OCC, Flex Cut, Helvie, & Custom made.

  3. Pyrography tools from Colwood and Razor

  4. Ram power rotary hand piece, bits, burrs

  5. Foredom cable rotary hand piece and pneumatic hand piece bits, burrs and gouges

  6. Hand and power sanding tools and sleeves

  7. Carving vices and stands

  8. Sharpening equipment

  9. Safety equipment, etc.

Receive a list of Carving Supply Vendors

Recommendations for beginning carvers.

About the Instructors
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Don Bundy is an expert wood carver and an excellent instructor with 30 years of carving experience and 12 years as an instructor - his love of wood carving is equally matched by his passion for passing on carving secrets and a full set of fundamentals to new carvers. He’s much sought after and busy with patron commission pieces; so, we’re fortunate that he makes time to encourage and instruct beginners, and all the way up to the advanced students – some that have made their own mark by winning competitions and by acquiring patron commissions of their own.   There is much to know from sharpening techniques to final finish - and Don is your steadfast and reliable guide to get you there

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

We’re in-town with many choices for lodging, stores, and restaurants, all within a 5 minute walk through our little Seaside Village.   There are airport shuttles, Lyft/Uber/Taxi, and a popular free bus system.  A car is unnecessary here.  Recommending a place to stay (there are plenty to choose from) is difficult as they range greatly in price and accommodations, from B&B, Motel, Inn, and Air B&B/VRBO.  Let Google be your guide.   

The Learning Lab’s Wood Shop is located behind Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA), and behind the Children’s Theater, and behind the Island Dance Theater.  The address is 723 Camano Avenue in Langley WA (commonly known as the old Langley Middle School) and parking for the Wood Shop is best on the West side of the campus in what is now The South Whidbey Community Center.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

When a class is reserved by you, you may CANCEL the class up to 10 business days prior to the day of the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations less than 10 business days prior will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill your place.  If we cancel a class for any reason, a full refund of any paid-in-advance funds will be returned to registrants.  Participants may be asked to sign a WAIVER of liability in which they take responsibility for their safety, represent they are not sensory impaired, have no medical conditions of which our Staff ought to be aware, are knowledgeable of and will abide by Shop SAFETY rules, and they are representing they can physically, knowledgeably, and safely operate the tools of the Shop.