The 52nd Annual Flickertail Woodcarvers Show was held October 8 & 9 at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy, with special classes held on the days just prior.
Our Featured Carvers, Aaron and Andy Mayer, nationally recognized artists from Colorado
Aaron & Andy Mayer Cottonwood Bark Tree House class information: The class met at the Jaycee Leadership Hall, on Friday, October 7th from 9 AM to 4 PM to 5:00 PM and at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th from 8:00 AM to 11:15 AM. The Mayer brothers’ class was designed to encourage students of all levels to expand their level of artistic expression. Bark carving is easy. And fun!
Eric Gaasland – Dala Horse carving class information: The class met at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th from 8:00 to 11:15 AM. The project included carving and painting a stylized dala horse. Several patterns and options were available for students to select from.
Eric was born with a carving knife in his hand. Legend has it that by the time he was three, he was nicknamed the ‘Warrior’ after the fierce dragon heads that he carved on any Viking ship that set anchor in Duluth. Eric has a unique style of teaching, a blend of laughter and encouragement that
makes everyone want to carve. Teaching has helped him learn to be a better carver, a better human. Transportation Engineer by day, whittler after that.
Becky Weisgerber – Brooms and more brooms: The class met at the Bismarck Public
Schools Career Academy Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th from 8:00 to
11:15 AM. The first day centered on the basic broom-tying mechanic as we make a whisk
broom and pot scrubber. The second day expanded on those skills, adding a handle
and a decorative plaited neck to make your choice of a light “cobwebber” or full-size
floor broom. There were several colors of nylon twine to choose from, and a selection of
foraged local wood for handles.
Becky is an artist that takes woodcarving to a new level. From specialty buttons, to spoons, brooms,
and so much more, her artistic vantage point revels in the beauty that can be found in our daily
tools and the joy of making what you need with what you find.
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The Show & classes: