2022 Summer Program


Class #87

The Craft Of Wood Carving: Open Studio

Erik Rinkleff

September 11 - September 17, 2022

instructor imageHere's your chance to learn to carve or to hone your carving skills. This class will focus on caricature and figure carving. Beginning students will learn about wood properties, the proper use of carving tools and how to keep tools sharp. Painting your carving is just as important as the carving itself, so you will also spend ample time during the week learning easy and effective finishing techniques. By week’s end, even the most novice student will take home three or four finished carvings.

If you have some carving experience, you’ll have an opportunity to challenge yourself by selecting projects from an assortment of Santas, snowmen, wood spirits and country characters. By combining group demonstrations and helpful one-on-one advice, Erik will lead you through each step. You will study rough-out techniques and facial details using the large, bold cuts associated with the Scandinavian flat-plane style of wood carving. Bring your own carving tools if you have them, including a knife, u-gouges and v-tools. Erik will contact you prior to class to discuss tools and projects, and to answer your questions.

Erik Rinkleff learned to carve at The Clearing in 1998. He now enjoys carving a variety of subjects, including Santas, snowmen, country characters, gnomes and wood spirits. He also designs and builds rustic wood furniture. Erik is the Assistant Director of The Clearing and also owns and operates his own woodworking business, Rustic Road Studio. He has been teaching wood carving and rustic furniture classes for 20 years.

Erik will contact students prior to class.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $30 to $50, depending on materials used, payable to Erik during class
Shop Fee: $15
Web: www.rusticroadstudio.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.