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Carve It. Burn It. Color It with Dixie Biggs

April 15 - April 19 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Carving, Pyrography & Color Work with Dixie Biggs

Need Some Relief? 

Learn to add interest and dimension to your work using carving, burning and color work in this gradually progressing class.

Want to add personality to your wood turnings through surface enhancements and relief carving? Is your rotary power carver or wood burner you bought that’s still in the box? It’s time to break them out!

You will start out by making a sampler disc that will incorporate the various techniques demonstrated. Learn how to do simple textures with Dremels, and engravers.

You will then move on to relief carving with rotary power carvers.  Dixie will walk you, step by step, through her relief carving techniques from layout, to bit selection, to finishing.

Next is wood burning for texture and detail;

Finally you’ll learn how to add color to your work with a dry brush technique.

You will do a couple of projects – one that  will help build tool control before we move on to a turned vessel, bowl or platter.

Turners please note that the focus of the class will be off the lathe, if you have some pre-turned pieces that are dried and ready to carve please feel free to bring them, that way you will be ready to spend your time on the techniques you will be learning.  If you are not a turner, we’ve got you covered and will have larger sample boards available and some turned items.

No previous power carving experience is needed just a desire to learn.

If you are an artist whose medium is not wood, please join us.  We would love to share what we know and learn from you.

Key learning points:

  • texture work with Dremels
  • rotary power carving
  • pyrography/wood burning
  • color work



During the week we gather for a couple of lunches together.

On Wednesday, we will have a Pizza fest and your instructor will do a lunch time talk about their work.

On the last day we will get together for a rustic American picnic – outside in the courtyard if weather permits.

Both vegetarian and non vegetarian options will be available.

We will grill/smoke some locally sourced meat and vegetables using some of our wood chips and sit down to a crafted meal to celebrate our achievements of the week.

In addition to regular drinks (water, soda) our neighbor, craft brewer Hidden Springs Ale will provide some of their summer beers for us to try.

And there will be pie.


Tuition: $750 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: None
One time registration Fee: $45


Dixie Biggs

Dixie 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. Having a love of gardening, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme.  She is a glorious Southern woman.