Bird Carving 101

    5 sessions   -   32 hrs  Total         $250  (includes all  materials)

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Class Description

An introduction to Bird Carving.  For intermediate carvers.  The anatomy of birds, patterns, bird carving techniques and painting.  Only hand tools will be used.  Students will provide their own tools, wood burner, digital calipers, and safety equipment. A band-saw basswood cutout, eyes, epoxy, reference materials, patterns, base and paint/brushes will be provided. This class will be held on 3 consecutive days.  Class size limited to 5 students.

    5 sessions   -   32 hrs  Total         $250  (includes all  materials)

Class Syllabus:

Day 1

  • Introduction to Bird anatomy and terms.

  • Bird carving pattern use/modification

  • Student application of pattern to blank

  • Body shaping/ head orientation

  • Feather layout on shaped bird and commencement of feather carving

Day 2

  • Feather Carving continuation

  • Head Carving/ insertion of eyes

  • Beak Carving/burning/hardening

  • Initiation of feather burning.

Day 3

  • Detail finishing

  • Painting

  • Mounting on Stand

About the Instructors

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.  

The Learning Lab is comprised of The Wood Shop, The Kitchen,

and The Garden/Greenhouse and located in the new South Whidbey Community Center

(old Middle School) and just behind WICA

 Sponsored by:   Living Design Foundation  a 501(c)(3)

723 Camano Ave. Langley WA 98260

Tel: 970-381-4091