SPECIAL CONFERENCE PASS TO LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 - 30
Enjoy a full schedule of lectures and workshops for the weekend. Pick your favorite, or... get a Special Conference Pass. Special Conference Pass includes admission to ALL signature lecture series and ONE technique workshop. WORKSHOPS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
Enjoy a special price of $35 when you pre-order online. In the Comments section, please tell us which workshop you would like OR your t-shirt size.
Tom Christie: Drake Widgeon Combing and Painting Techniques
Laurie McNeil: Custom Fitting & Setting Glass Eyes
Description: Laurie will talk about the importance of the eyes in any carving, bringing “life” to the bird, and how to select the right eyes for the project. Laurie will follow with a demonstrate her technique of custom fitting and setting of glass eyes, eliminating the need for woodfill to hold the eyes in. This allows for the carver to texture and burn around the eye, on actual wood, instead woodfill. Woodfill/Apoxy Sculpt are very difficult to texture and burn well. Besides melting while burning in fine feather details in, hiding the transition line where woodfill meets wood can be difficult if not impossible. Woodfill does not accept paint the same way wood does, an issue those who paint in oils deal with. Instead of trying to make wood and fillers look alike, Laurie developed a way to custom fit her glass eyes, eliminating woodfill as well as the difficult transition lines. Decorative wildfowl carvers and traditional decoy carvers alike, will benefit from learning how to select the correct glass eyes, how to set them correctly without drilling gaping holes into the head, and how to achieve a truly lifelike look in their wildfowl carvings."
MORE WORKSHOPS TO BE ANNOUNCED.