My carving course gives students (age 9 and up) an introduction to wood carving by starting them out with whittling, which is simply carving, using a knife as the primary tool.

Carving is fun!  Students enjoy it a lot and learn a lot of valuable lessons in the process, including:

  • Using sharp tools safely

  • Listening and observing carefully - learning to do exactly as instructed 

  • Sharpening – an almost lost life skill

  • How wood works – grain, hard and soft woods, relative strength etc

  • Practical measuring skills

  • Persistence

  • Finishing what is started

  • Developing an awareness of symmetry

  • Developing new skills

  • Fun without electronics is possible!

  • Co operation with, and consideration of, others

Safety will be emphasized throughout the course, though compared with other activities that are common to young people (cycling, swimming, skiing etc.), this is an extremely safe thing to do. There is no danger of concussion, drowning, being struck by motor vehicles etc.

Having fun while learning is the best way to learn!


                             COURSE ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS

In the course I will demonstrate and explain and then allow the students to try.  I will monitor their work and help them to refine their efforts.

          The course goes like this:

      I will introduce myself and demonstrate some whittling while explaining the procedures that must be
       followed in class – the need for the protective gloves, the way the knives will be handed out and collected

      Then everyone will get their glove, knife, scrap of wood and bench hook and begin learning to cut the
        wood using various grips and slices with a continuous emphasis on safety.

      After learning the basic cuts, students will go on to make the following projects in class:

  1. Redneck pencil

  2. Sailboat

  3. Flying propeller toy

  4. Boomerang (Yes it actually returns - which amazes and delights everyone)

  5. Walking stick/hiking staff – a chance to really get creative.

  6. Sharpening instruction and practice.

  7. Other projects as skill and time permit:

  • Magic wand

  • The amazing and mysterious yipstick

  • Spike troll

  • Wooden spoon

  • Hedge hog

  • Other items are also possible

If students return for more classes, many more advanced projects can be attempted.



Rick Wiebe, known to his students as “Mr. Chips”, is a retired pastor, who has been teaching carving to children and adults for many years.

He has been carving for fun and occasionally profit, for almost 60 years.  His carvings are in private collections all over the world.

Teaching of carving has taken place in and through carving clubs, recreation centers, private and public schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels, arts councils, home school groups, family settings, conferences, camps and more.  These courses/sessions have taken place in BC and Alberta as well as several states and even other countries, such as Australia and Mexico

Rick has found teaching others to carve to be an extremely satisfying activity, as he often gets to see “the lights come on” as someone grabs on to a concept or even begins a lifelong interest.  Many wonderful friendships have resulted from carving courses over the years.

Rick and Helen Wiebe live in Keremeos,  BC.  They have two married daughters who live in the Fraser Valley, and two grandchildren who are learning to carve.

A gallery of carvings may be seen at www.woodcarvingbiz.com

Rick may be contacted at 250 499-7811 or rick@woodcarvingbiz.com



90.00 per student plus GST (94.50)

  • 10 student minimum (can be negotiated).
  • 15 student maximum
  • If there are more than 15 students, this can be broken up into two groups of 15 or less in each group
  • If sufficient space and extra adult supervision is available the numbers can  be increased
  • All students must be at least 9 years old. (please do not ask for exceptions)

.50/km. travel

40.00/day meals - including travel days.

Accommodation cost: depends on the location.  

Need private accommodation with private bathroom and a good wifi connection

Ferries: applicable ferry costs including reservation costs when necessary.

A factor in the costs of course, is the number of days involved.  

The course involves 10 hours of instruction and practice.  This can be done in 3 or 4 days.  4 is best with 2.5 hours per session.  If necessary it can be done in 3 sessions of 3 hours and 20 min, but that is stretching things a bit as far as student endurance is concerned.  Students’ hands get pretty tired after 2 ½ hours, in this unfamiliar activity.


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