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Adze Making: Tool Workshop – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Adze Making: Tool Workshop

The elbow adze is a central tool of Northwest Coast Carving. With proper geometry, this tool allows you to quickly remove material, shape out areas, and cut finely to the line. Join tool maker Charles Prince from Kestrel Tool, for a full-day workshop in elbow adze construction. Participants will shape handles from Alder crooks and affix them to adze blades provided by Kestrel Tool. Participants will leave the workshop with a finished elbow adze ready to carve! All necessary tools and materials will be provided.

This is an all day workshop, you will need to pack a bag lunch and snacks as there are no food vendors nearby. Ages 13 & up.

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Charlie Prince: is the owner and smith of Kestrel Tool, a small handmade woodcarving tool company. He lives & works on unceded Coast Salish Territory in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  Born & raised in Seattle, Charlie grew up surrounded by the powerful imagery of Northwest Coast Art and has been drawn to it his entire life.  That fascination grew into a study of the art and its rich variety of forms in his late 20s, and eventually led to his purchasing of Kestrel Tool, that has operated on Lopez Island since the late 1970s.  The company’s mission is to serve the Northwest Coast carving community and culture, by providing quality tools for carvers. Deeply indebted to artists from of the Northwest Coast, Charlie now carves mostly in his own ancestral tradition of Saami & Finnish folk craft.  He has taught a handful of carving  classes, and hopes to continue to teach and learn, following a tradition established at Kestrel Tool, where many classes were held for many years.


September 8, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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