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The Knot Hole steeped in family tradition of learning & preserving the art of carving

The Knot Hole - Wood Carving Art Studio, located at 120 First Street in downtown Pleasant Hill, offers seminars for all levels of carvers, from the beginners to the advanced. Their 2016 Seminar choices include eight presentations. Pictured is a professional guest presenter helping his students to love the craft of wood carving and complete a lasting momentum from the class.

...The Knot Hole - Wood Carving Art is located at 120 First Street in downtown Pleasant Hill. Joyce and Andy Anderson are the second generation of a family of wood carvers. They have followed the footprint left by Joyce’s parents, John and Marilyn Storms, and their love of wood carving.
...Joyce and Andy continue to emphasize safety and respect for the sharp tools they use in creating their art. Their ultimate goal is to preserve the love and respect for the craft of wood carving.
...When they are not having seminars led by guest presenters, Andy teaches a beginners class on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. He limits his class size to 12 and requires that his students be minimum age of 12 - 17. The student must be old enough to be disciplined and focused on the content of the craft.
...Knot Hole has starter tools they allow the beginners to use at first. They want their novice learners to develop confidence and to have a commitment to stay with developing the craft before they invest money in the necessary tools.
...On Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., are carving nights. Interested persons are invited to come enjoy the conversation and coffee while they carve.
...The Andersons agree it is important that the carvers enjoy the craft, and they always emphasize the safety factor. They recommend the use of a fillet glove, which allows the carver to hold their project securely without the worry of cutting themselves. Another guiding rule is that carvers must be patient. No project can be completed in a rush.
...Joy says she learned the art of wood carving from the best teachers, her parents, the late Marilyn and John Storms. She remembers well the importance they placed on patience and safety. Their constant direction was, “You cannot hurry a carving project.”
...Over the years Joyce and Andy have combined their vacation time with visiting wood carving shows, demonstrations and shops which are run by other wood carvers.
That may be one of the factors which led them to offer a complete slate of seminars featuring carvers from all over the United States. The seminars have become well-known and the quality of the teaching continues to attract students from all of the states.
...They offer seminars for all levels of carvers, from the beginners to the advanced. Their 2016 Seminar choices include eight presentations.
...The next seminar will be August 12 - 14, featuring Marty Dolphens; “Bark Carving.” Marty specializes in realistic human carvings and Santas and enjoys carving in basswood, butternut and cottonwood bark. His inspiration comes from reference materials, such as historic pictures and books of Native Americans, mountain men and western genre.
...John Engler, “Relief Carving” will be here September 2 - 4. John is from the Springfield area and teaches relief carving and watercolor painting throughout the United States. He also operates the John Lee Engler and Associates design studio. He specializes in medium relief woodcarving and finishing the works in a spectacular use of watercolors.
...Western and wildlife woodcarvings are the focus of seminar presenters, Harley and Midge Schmitgen, October 7 - 9. Getting in the mood for Christmas, Harley specializes in the Santas, as well as, Mountain men, Indians, human busts and caricatures. Midge prefers the animals. The Schmitgens have been teaching as a couple since 2001.
...James Barr brings a different dimension to his “Log Carving” workshop. James is from Savannah, MO, but is moving to Branson. He has been carving since 1980 and works almost exclusively with a chisel and mallet. Large log carvings are his speciality. He allows his students to choose their subject. He brings many pictures and ideas to help them decide. His pieces are known for their unique expressions and themes.In addition to the seminars, James does exhibitions at Silver Dollar City.
...John Engler will return December 2 - 4 for his “Santa Fest.” He will teach relief carving on Christmas plaques and ornaments. On the third day, he will teach painting techniques on any project completed in one of his previous seminars.
...Warren Rauscher was here in April with “Incised and Positive Image Carving.” He started carving in 1994 and has won many awards with his incised carving style.
...Debbe Edwards’ “Western Wildlife” was offered in May. She started carving in 1990 after receiving a small set of woodcarving tools from her husband for Christmas. She has been teaching seminars since 1994 throughout the U.S. and Canada.
...Barb Akers taught her Pyrography class in June. She shares techniques she has developed in wood burning with her students.
...Each seminar teacher brings patterns they have created and uses blanks to save time and allow the students to complete their pieces in the time allotment. Barb’s woodburner students usually bring their own tools.
...Quality tools allow the students to create a more professional end product. All of the teachers are good to provide tricks of the trade and how to use different tools for different effects.
... The Andersons’ fully stocked studio specializes in wood carving tools and supplies. They have become well known for the monthly seminars which bring renown craftsmen and women to their studio.
... Because of their established tradition, they attract students from all over the United States who want to learn from their expert presenters.
... The Knot Hole - Wood Carving Art is serious business for the Andersons. They do enjoy the time they spend in their shop. Whether they are creating their own works of art or helping a student learn the craft, wood carving is an important part of the Andersons’ inherited life style.


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