Several local clubs, individuals, and even Fox Chapel staff are holding free hands-on demonstrations in the exhibition barns. These hands-on classes are open to anyone. There may be a fee for materials.
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Carve a 20-Minute Owl
Presented by: Lancaster County Woodcarvers, Conewago Carvers
Get your carving glove on and grab a piece of wood. The Lancaster County Woodcarvers and Conewago Carves are ready to help you carve your first project. Traditionally called the “5-Minute Owl,” the carving clubs renamed it with a more realistic time for carving novices. Sit, chat, and carve! Some gloves and knives will be available, but if you have your own, bring them with you!
Scroll Saw Simple Animal Puzzles
Presented by: The Tri-County Scrollers
Who doesn’t like puzzles? Why not try making your own? The Tri-County Scrollers will show you how to get started cutting a simple two-piece animal puzzle. Get a feel for cutting with what most woodworkers consider the safest motorized saw available. Try out a few different saws to figure out which one you like best after deciding to make scroll sawing your newest hobby!
Presented by Fox Chapel Publishing craft editors
This year is all about coloring and the DO magazine, with finger knitting thrown in as an alternative. We’ll provide coloring pages and stickers, as well as coloring supplies. We’ll also include some embellishments like scrapbook paper and ribbon so participants can “craft” their coloring if desired. And, we have 50 goodie bags to give away per day to anyone who tags us on social media.
Whittling Twigs and Branches
By Chris Lubkemann
Whittle away the day watching Chris Lubkemann, the master carver who has written not just THE book, but several books on carving twigs and branches. Chris’s pieces range from whimsical chickens to functional spreaders and letter openers with a Swiss Army knife.
By Leon Standish
Bring your tools and watch Leon Standish restore them to perfect cutting condition. It’s also fascinating to watch the sparks fly as Leon works. There is a fee for the sharpening service.
By Fox Chapel Publishing; Tools provided by The Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale
Got kids who are curious about carving? Sit them down at our soap-carving table! We’ll have safe tools, soap, simple patterns, and someone to help them have some good clean fun. Of course they will take the finished project home!
By Fox Chapel Publishing
Want to try woodburning? We’ll provide tools, supplies, and instructions for you to make a simple pyrography ornament. Kids 12 and under need an adult helper (the tool is hot).
Turn a Pen
By the South Central PA Woodturners
Pen blanks sponsored by Arizona Silhouette
Try your hand at turning a pen. Choose a free blank sponsored by Arizona Silhouette, or pick one of the blanks provided by the South Central PA Woodturners (for a nominal fee). The members of the club will also be demonstrating how to turn other items.
Turning Acrylic Pens
By Barry Gross
Barry will be demonstrating how to turn a pen from an acrylic blank at his booth. Come and watch the plastic shavings fly!
Power Carving and Mini Chainsaw Carving
By King Arthur Tools
Watch the staff of King Arthur Tools make wood fly. King Arthur Tools will be demonstrating their chainsaw and carving discs that fit on an angle grinder. These tools make roughing out carvings large and small a snap.
Carving, Shaping, and Sanding
Stop in and watch a demonstration, or even try out some of the innovative new tools from Arbortech. From reciprocating carvers, to carving discs, and even the new contour sander that fits on an angle grinder.
Stick Making 101
By American National Cane Club
George Basehore of the American National Cane Club will give regular demonstrations on how he harvests sticks, seasons them, remove the bark, and finishes them.
Stay Tuned for More Demonstrations
As we confirm more demonstrations, we will post the information here.