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Besides showing  lots of different things that can "hatch" from branches and other scraps of wood, I usually whittle a rooster and a flower and give both away.  I have a fun way of doing that, so everyone gets a chance.


ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE DAYS IN SCHOOLS:

These can involve up to six sessions in a school day, each taking a full class period.

Sheri and I have been at the Pennsylvania Farm Show since the mid 90's.  While our overall participation there isn't exactly a program as such, we are continually demonstrating one way or another: carving, woodburning, explaining. And two or three times during the eight days of the Farm Show, I do a demonstration on one of the stages.

WHILE I'M CONTINUING TO DO PROGRAMS AND DEMONSTRATIONS DURING THE MONTHS WHEN I'M NOT AT MY SHOP AT THE AMISH FARM AND HOUSE, I'VE DECIDED NOT TO DO ANY MORE WORKSHOPS WHERE I'M TEACHING FOLKS HOW TO CARVE, WHERE PARTICIPANTS OTHER THAN MYSELF ARE WORKING WITH THEIR KNIVES.  ALTHOUGH IN 52 YEARS OF CARVING AND TEACHING HOW TO CARVE, I'VE NEVER HAD TO MAKE AS MUCH AS A ONE PENNY CLAIM ON ANY INSURANCE POLICY, IT SEEMS THAT INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS (AT LEAST SOME​) ARE HESITANT TO INSURE A SITUATION IN WHICH OTHER PEOPLE ARE WORKING WITH SHARP KNIVES.  (AND OF COURSE, IF ANYONE WANTS TO WHITTLE OR CARVE, THERE IS NO WAY THEY CAN DO IT WITH A KNIFE THAT ISN'T SHARP!!)  HOWEVER,  AS I SAID ABOVE, I'M STILL DOING PROGRAMS AND DEMONSTRATIONS WHERE I MYSELF AM DOING THE CARVING WITH MY OWN KNIFE.  AND EVEN IF FOLKS THEMSELVES WON'T BE ABLE TO CARVE RIGHT THEN AND THERE, THE PROGRAMS ARE ALWAYS A LOT OF FUN, AND PEOPLE CAN CARVE AWAY ALL THEY WANT WHEN THEY GET HOME!

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OUR SET-UP AT THE FARM SHOW

PROGRAMS/DEMONSTRATIO​NS


    Single Program:  $100.00 (Lancaster County area;       longer travel may involve a mileage cost)

    Artist-in-Residence day (up to 6 class periods):             $300.00

From November through March I work mainly out of home, doing programs and demonstrations. The first half of January is totally taken up with the Pennsylvania Farm Show, a yearly event that Sheri and I have been participating for more than 20 years.  The programs are for schools, scouts, service clubs, senior centers, church groups, home school organizations, conventions, . . . . . . . . . . An average program/demonstration takes between 40 minutes and an hour, and moves at about 120 miles per hour.  It's rare that anyone falls asleep!

​​The 2019 PA Farm Show this past January marked our 24th or 25th participation in the yearly show.