Eureka Springs Woodcarving Rendezvous

September 23-28, 2018

Join your fellow carvers for a week on the scenic campus of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts! Classes will be hosted in multiple studios on ESSA’s 55 acre campus just outside historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Be sure to attend the Welcome Reception and Dinner on Sunday and the Studio Stroll on Thursday for fun and refreshment! During the Thursday Public Reception and Studio Stroll, all studios will be opened to the public to view carvings in progress and socialize
with carvers and instructors.

Sunday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception and Dinner
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Workshops
Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Studio Stroll

Choose from six classes with renowned instructors:
“Relief Carving and Watercolor Painting” with John Engler
“Animal Carving” with Debbe Edwards
“Realistic Human Bust” with Vic Hood
“Chip Carving and Woodburning” with Carolyn Halbrook
“Realistic Carving” with Adina Huckins
“Caricature Carving” with Rich Wetherbee

See individual workshop descriptions below.

Sunday, September 23



for ONE

September 24-28


Relief Carving &

Watercolor Painting

September 24-28


Animal Carving

September 24-28


Realistic Human Bust

September 24-28

Chip Carving &

September 24-28


Realistic Carving

September 24-28


Caricature Carving

Relief Woodcarving & Watercolor Painting with John Engler

Experience the art of relief carving with Master Carver John Engler. A wide variety of subject matter will be available to you, such as architectural forms (barns, cabins, mills) as well as animal forms (elk, bear, cougar, etc.). John will also provide carving tools that you may purchase. Watercolor painting instruction will be offered as well to those of you who would like to paint your carvings. Paints and brushes will be provided by the instructor for you to use.

John Engler has been a professional wood carver and watercolorist for over thirty years. He was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983 from Missouri State University. He currently teaches seminars throughout the United States. John specializes in medium relief woodcarving and finishes his pieces in watercolor. He operates the John Lee Engler and Associates Design Studio.

Animal Carving with Debbe Edwards

Debbe’s class is a learning experience combined with fun.  Her class will focus on anatomy, expression and mood, muscle structure, hair texture, movement, and painting to create the realism for which she is known.  Much attention is also given to expression, thus putting life in your animal’s eyes.  Debbe teaches through a combination of group discussions along with individual instruction.

Debbe Edwards (Bluejacket, OK) has been teaching woodcarving classes for 24 years.  She began carving in 1990 and has wond numerous Blue Ribbon and Best of Show awards at Woodcarving Shows and Fine Art Shows.  Debbe is nationally known for her realistic animals. Website:

Realistic Human Bust with Vic Hood

Challenge your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind realistic human bust sculpture. Demonstrations and individual guidance will help you. Vic will help you design your project – you may carve any subject you desire as long as it is a bust carving. Carving technique, composition, and development of character will be strongly emphasized.

Vic started carving in 1991 and has wond over 100 awards, including 2011 Woodcarver of the Year from Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine. To develop his skills, he has studied woodcarving with Larry Rogers and John Burke and has attended wood-sculpting workshops in Europe. Vic taches at workshops around the country and at his studio in Liepers Fork, TN. He has written several articles and two books and has appeared on the DIY Network. Vic is the president of a unique building corporation that specializes in restoration of historic buildings.

Chip Carving and Woodburning with Carolyn Halbrook

This class is a chip carving and/or woodburning class which will meet the needs of beginner to advanced students. A practice board will be provided where the carvers will learn to hold the knife correctly and learn basic cuts, and woodburners will get familiar with each tip and its effects. After basics are covered, students will do projects of their choice. Lettering instructions are available. There will be many demonstrations and one on one instruction. Students can carve, woodburn or do a combination during the week.

A professional artist, Carolyn Halbrook has been carving and woodburning since 2000. She has won many awards, including “Best of Show” for both chip carving and woodburning. Her work was featured in Chip Chats Magazine and Chip Carvers Quarterly. She teaches at carving seminars across the country.   Website:

Realistic Carving with Adina Huckins

This class is what Adina  calls an “open class”, meaning many types of projects can be accomplished.  Anyone who has stopped by the class will have noticed a wide variety of subjects and styles being carved, from small jointed dolls to large realistic busts and full figure human subjects.  Animal subjects  are also taught. Any style can be carved: realistic, caricature, or stylized.  Beginners are also welcome. This is a chance to work on your own ideas with Adina’s design help and input.  Be sure to call well in advance at 479-263-0061. Also Adina will have some roughouts to choose from if you prefer, and is happy to suggest or come up with an idea for you.

Adina Huckins grew up with a family tradition of art and wood sculpture. She has been carving professionally for 30 years and also teaches woodcarving. During that time she has won numerous awards and been recognized for her artistic achievement. Her sculptures reflect a strong emphasis on design and expression of feeling and an understanding of a variety of subjects and styles. She feels that wood is a unique element for sculpture and is often overlooked as a medium, and has chosen to pursue woodcarving in order to further it in the arts.