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Gualala Arts Workshop
Carve a Dog that Will Sit in Your Hand
Instructor: Stan Peterson

Saturday - Sunday
May 3 - 4, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Register by:   April 15, 2014
Tuition:   $175 members; $195 non-members
Materials fee:   $25
Materials:   Woodcarving materials list

Cora waiting for paint This two day intensive workshop is a basic introduction to woodcarving on a small scale with a very supportive teacher who emphasizes creative solutions and safe tool usage.

Basswood is relatively easy to hand carve and will be provided as well as a 'bench hook' which makes it easy to continue carving at your kitchen table or out in the garage. No previous experience is necessary. Please bring a sharpened knife, a small gouge*, and a safety glove (Kevlar) for the hand holding the wood.

You will leave the class with an original and obedient wood dog sitting in your hand.

*Flexcut tools are suggested. They are presharpened, inexpensive, and keep their edges well.

About the instructor

Stan Peterson Stan carves wood sculptures which depict moments when something is about to happen. These are everyday moments, sometimes poignant, sometimes with an edge of humor. The subjects are figurative; female, male, animal; their gestures and relationships.

His scale is modest, handheld, yet on occasion, larger than life in feeling. Stan often draws in the evening; something he saw, heard, read, or remembered. After some time, he knows which drawings will be capable of standing up as sculpture. A line drawing is drawn or painted on basswood then rough cut with Japanese saws. Over the next few months, Stan carves with chisels and flex knives defining the gesture and presence. The finished carving is then defined with hints of washed-on color.

Stan Peterson Sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums since 1982. After 30 years of teaching, he is now working full time in the studio as well as offering workshops on drawing and woodcarving.

Stan was awarded 2nd place in the Sculpture category at this year's Art in the Redwoods Festival for his "Fedora" woodcarving.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.