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Need Some Relief? | Dixie Biggs

Jul 18, 2022-Jul 22, 2022 | 9:00 am-5:00 pm $820.00
Dixie Biggs


Dixie Biggs
Dixie Biggs has been a full-time studio woodturner/artist since 1989. She grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for working in wood. Her interest in woodturning began in 1979 when she taught herself to use a wood lathe so she could duplicate a chess set her grandfather had made.
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 Power Relief Carving

Dixie Biggs

Need Some Relief:   Bringing Interest & Life to Your Work with Rotary Power-Carving

Explore the embellishment techniques of power relief carving and woodburning that can be used by woodturners, furnituremakers or other wood artists to expand the visual impact of your pieces. Students will learn techniques for relief carving using a micro-motor rotary power carver; the use of wood burners for adding texture and detail; and incorporating colour into your work with acrylic paints through the dry-brush technique.

This class is focused on off-the-lathe and off-machinery techniques, so while the ability to use a lathe or other woodworking machines is a plus, it is not required. Dixie will walk students, step by step, through her relief-carving techniques from layout, to bit selection, to finishing detail on sample discs and sample blocks that will be provided. The beginning exercises will help in the process of developing skills that can be incorporated into other woodwork, so bring projects that are dry and ready to carve.

No previous power-carving or painting experience is needed, just show up with a desire to discover and explore the techniques.

Key Points:

  • Taking the mystery out of power relief carving
  • Having fun exploring several new approaches to relief carving
  • Developing tool control
  • Modifying carving burrs
  • Experiment with textures created with a variety of burrs
  • Tips and tricks for sanding
  • Incorporating newfound skills into your own work

All levels are welcome.

The School has power carvers and pyrography burners but feel free to bring your own.

Materials:   Provided by the School

Tools:  The School has power carvers and pyrography burners but feel free to bring your own if you have them.


Tuition: $820 per person

Studio & Materials Fee: $60

One time registration fee of $45


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Relief Power Carving Dixie
$ 820.00

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