For some time I had this little birch branch sitting on my work table.  Every once in a while I'd pick it up, show it to folks, and suggest that it had potential for twenty different projects.  So, finally, a week or so ago I decided to put my money where my mouth is and actually try​ to get those twenty projects.  

Actually, with a bit of concentration and planning, it turned out to be not that hard.  It did take some time!  The photo below shows the projects (unpainted at this point), all of them on the miniature


* 8 carvers per workshop

* Carvers bring their own knife/knives

           (hopefully already sharp)                         

* Chris supplies the wood (branches)

  Carvers are free to bring their own wood too

* Cost:  $60.00 per person ($20.00 deposit

          upon registration, balance at workshop)

* Location:  2189 Old Philadelphia Pike,

          Lancaster, PA 17602

* Questions or more information, please call

          (717) 299-5955 or email:



Saturday, January 27, 2018

(This workshop is now full.  There

​are still openings in the February workshop.)

Saturday, February 24, 2018



Several times a year, during the winter months, we have one-day workshops in my home in Lancaster.  These run from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. and cover the basic how-to's of branch carving, and are normally limited to eight carvers.  Folks bring their own knife or knives.  I supply the wood. However, anyone is free to bring his or her own supply of twigs and branches and wood scraps too.

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.


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.


Occasionally we have winter weather problems, but we'll deal with them at the time!

Guaranteed, no one will have to carve toothpicks, unless they want a fun challenge!

    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, demonstrations, and workshops.  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!