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Tinting and Finishing of Relief Carved Wood with Craig Hone

Daily – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Course Fee – $775.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

 The importance of the surface toning or the stain finishing to bring your wood relief sculpture to true life can be huge. It can literally make or break a piece. You can hurt the whole look of a good wood sculpture with poor finishing or you can make a lesser wood sculpture look amazingly so much better by employing correct principles of toning and finishing.  In this course we explore and become familiar with the straight forward principles and techniques of shading, enhancing and enriching a relief carved wood piece. In the spirit of working in harmony with the wood, we seek to coax out of the piece it’s most beautiful expression. So come join us for this workshop and learn how to truly let your work “sing”!

*All course materials are provided.


Art Development Strategies with Craig Hone

Daily – 9:00 am – 5:00pm

Course Fee – $375.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

We realized a long time ago that in order to create truly significant art we had to learn the “fundamentals”! These fundamentals are the true building blocks to producing great art. They are a set of  “awareness’s” and skills that need to be developed for you to be truly empowered and free to create instinctively, thereby infusing your work with mastery and virtuosity. In this time spent with Craig,  you will have demonstrated to you each of these concepts and with your participation you will then learn how to go about developing and instilling in you these vital insights and skills. This is the path to follow in our pursuit of excellence. To the degree you develop these fundamentals you transform yourself as an artist, becoming more and more capable of composing and creating masterful works in any medium.


Deep Relief Leaf Cluster with Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

Course Fee – $1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

The vast majority of my relief carving has incorporated leaves as the major part of the design. These leaves are really the visual “musical notes” that carry the overall visual ‘melody’ or gestural sweep of the piece. In this course you will carve in wood a deep relief leaf cluster as we explore the techniques and methods to create beautiful, voluptuous, life expressing leaves. We work from the original gesture layout, through the shaping and contouring to the surface treatments and final finish. As we work we pay special attention to specific leaf characteristics you will want to enhance as well as styles of expression. Our goal is to create artistic and graceful leaves that people are powerfully drawn to.

Please bring: High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 rpm)

  • High torque burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High Speed Burr Set (preferably the Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Three Green flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  • One diamond sharpening stone (course)
  • Optivisor
  • One set sanding bristle brushes with their appropriate mandrill (120 and 220 grit)

*Leaf blank and finishing materials are provided


 Wood Sculpture (Wolf) with Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

Course Fee – $1750.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

Craig has designed this course to not only help you achieve a finished gallery quality piece but to also give you the capabilities to design and create any three dimensional piece on your own. “There is a step by step, one thing at a time approach to completing a 3-D wood piece.” Emphasis is on accurate anatomy, a pleasing textural surface and high end presentation.

Please bring:

  • High Torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 rpm)
  • High torque burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone Kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High speed burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • One set sanding bristle brushes with their appropriate mandril (120 and 220 grit)

*Wolf blank and finishing materials are provided


 Bone Engraving (Elk Scene on Buffalo Jawbone) with Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1125.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

This art form is, perhaps, really a type of scrimshaw, but in this case we work in a larger format using a bolder technique. This dramatic high contrast engraving harmonizes with and enhances the natural beauty of the bone. Using the high speed hand piece you will be cutting this “Wildlife in Wilderness” scene into the bone. Craig will show you all the burrs, carving depths and working techniques as well as the shading materials and methods to use that will enable you to create a beautiful “Wow” piece of art. You may use these same innovative techniques to engrave on skulls, horn and other materials.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Burr set (Preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Optivisor #3 or 5 Magnification

*Buffalo Jaw and finishing materials are provided


Deep Relief Carving Mantel Panel (Deer in Landscape) With Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1850.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

 This course is for those interested in developing the capabilities to carve wildlife scenes in fireplace mantels, high-end furniture, cabinetry, headboards or any architectural elements, as well as individual relief carved art pieces. In this course with Craig you will be deeply carving a rich wilderness scene on a roughed out cherry panel. You will be gaining direct experience in the ideas and techniques to make the animals you carve come alive! You will be receiving more knowledge and experience in how to achieve a more beautiful, realistic look in the trees and branches, bushes, rocks, grass, mountains and other elements as you create an amazing eye-catching panel. This type of carving can fall into a more high end, higher dollar potential (working with architects, interior designers and private clients).

Please bring:

  • High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 rpm)
  • High torque burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High Speed Burr Set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs).
  • Football diamond Burrs (smooth) both large and small.
  • One set of fine riffler files
  • One adjustable sanding stick with 80 and 120 grip belts
  • One set sanding bristle brushes with their appropriate mandril (80 and 120 grit)

*Panel Blank and finishing materials are provided


Gunstock Carving with Craig Hone (High Country Mule Deer)

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1750.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

Craig leads you step by step through each technique as you relief carve a wildlife scene on a walnut gunstock. This course is dedicated to help move you along in developing and achieving a masterful, professional look in your work. Emphasis is on correct animal anatomy, proportion and texture as well as accurate, convincing shapes and textures in all portions of the landscape areas. This class is aimed at how to make your carving look real, rich and high end. It will be a great experience that will also help you to get better at any type of relief carving.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed piece.
  • Burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Three Green Flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  •  Football diamond (smooth) large and small
  • One diamond sharpening stone (coarse).
  • Optivisor
  • Pin vise

*Gunstock blank and finishing materials are provided.


 Cast Ivory Inlay with Keith and Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone and Keith Hone

You may be aware of the exotic and eye-catching look of the relief carved composite ivory inlayed in wood that the Hones have been producing in their studio. A very popular art form Craig and Keith commonly combine with the Gunstock Carving they do for their clients. This is not your conventional idea of inlay. You will learn this very intriguing and unique process developed and perfected by Keith Hone. You will be working in an absolutely wonderful material with the end result being finished pieces truly inlayed into the wood with the carved portion actually raised above the surrounding wood surface, leaving you with a very elegant and dramatic look.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Smooth football diamond (large and small)
  • Three Green Flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  • One diamond sharpening stone (coarse)
  • Optivisor
  • Pin vise

*Wood blanks and materials are provided.


Gunstock Carving (Oak leaf and acorn grip panels) with Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1850.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

Through Craig’s thorough demonstration of techniques and his encouraging assistance you will relief carve beautiful panels of oak leaf and acorn designs on a walnut gunstock, (grips, forearm and butt stock portions). This type of carving greatly enhances the overall beauty and value of the firearm. Craig is dedicated to helping you achieve a crisp, clean look in your work. Full convincing acorns, leaves with flowing, voluptuous eye pleasing contours and a moving gestural texture that makes the leaves come alive. “It is about creating a look of rich beauty.” Craig is open and sharing and will impart all the knowledge and experience possible to help you develop and master your work. Please bring: High Torque Hand piece (such as the NSK Unit 0-50,000 rpm)

Please bring:

  • High Torque Burrs (Preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone Kit of 3/32” and ½” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Three Green flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  • Small and Large football diamond (smooth)
  • One diamond sharpening stone (coarse)
  • Optivisor #5 or #7 magnification
  • One set sanding bristle brushes (220 grit) on mandril
  • Browning BDL .22 Cal. Lever action field grade 2 (Call Craig)

Scrimshaw: Wildlife in Ivory with Craig Hone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

If you have seen and are intrigued with creating scrimshaw of a finely detailed high-end gallery type, this seminar is for you. Your time with Craig will be spent studying and producing scrimshaw pieces of an ultra fine, highly artistic quality, with the main project being cut in mammoth ivory. We will address burr preparation, transfer of the design to the material, the anatomy aspects of the animal subjects, as well as concepts of design. Special attention will be paid to staging the correct values (the rendering of the light to dark tones).

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Pin vice
  • 2 – 7611 Burrs
  • Optivisor #7 or #10 Magnification

*Mammoth ivory and finishing materials are provided.


Hummingbird in Black Walnut and Silver

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

This is a perfect class to help us develop stronger design skills. This helps us no matter what kind of art we do. We enhance our awareness of design by exploring and expressing beauty and power using simple and subtle forms. We develop ‘feeling’ in this piece by playing with gesture as we use complimentary and harmonic shapes. This course is enjoyable and relaxing as we produce a piece of pure art created with elegant forms using elegant materials.

Please bring:

  • High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 rpm)
  • High torque burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High Speed Burr Set (preferably the Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Football Diamond Burrs (smooth) both large and small
  • One adjustable sanding stick with 80 and 120 grip belts
  • One set sanding bristle brushes with their appropriate mandril (80 and 120 grit)

*Wood carving blank and other materials provided


Bighorn Sheep Head (straight on view) Relief in Wood

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

For basically all of us, rendering an animals head viewed straight on is quite a challenge. How can we show all the subtleties of relief that then displays the animal head with accuracy and correctness. This is our study and project for the class. We will explore and execute the techniques that will in a step by step fashion help us not only learn how to proceed in method but to also create a beautiful piece in wood.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Burr Set (preferably the Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Three Green Flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  • Football diamond (smooth) large and small
  • One diamond sharpening stone (coarse)
  • Pen vice
  • Optivisor #7 or #10 Magnification

*Wood blank and other materials are provided.


Songbird in Stone (In the round)

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1850.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

In this project we sculpt in three dimensions the same bird (black capped chickadee) that we sculpted in wood but this time we will be using alabaster. This stone is beautiful and a wonderful carving stone in that we may use our power and high speed carving tools and burrs that we normally use in wood. As in the wood project, we apply all the same attention to the principles of anatomy, design and expression that will result in the creation of an exquisite, fine art gallery piece. This course will be a great opportunity to push your skills and gain experience in carving stone.

Please bring:

  • High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 rpm)
  • High torque burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High Speed Burr Set (preferably the Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Football Diamond Burrs (smooth) both large and small
  • One set sanding bristle brushes with their appropriate mandril (80 and 120 grit)

Songbird in Wood (In the Round)

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1850.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

In this course we create a three dimensional sculpture of a black capped chickadee in wood. This will be a refined, natural wood toned art gallery piece, designed to have a gestural, life-expressing quality. As we work, we incorporate in the bird a truthfulness of anatomy – it’s major structure as well as the feather groups and individual feather characteristics. We also give special attention to the treatment of the wood in order to reveal a charm and softness in the forms and feathering.

Please bring:

  • High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 rpm)
  • High torque burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High Speed Burr Set (preferably the Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Football Diamond Burrs (smooth) both large and small
  • One set sanding bristle brushes with their appropriate mandril (80 and 120 grit)

Songbird Anatomy

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

To be truly empowered and free to sculpt and carve with confidence, a deep awareness of the anatomy of the subject is necessary. This course is designed to intill that awareness and knowledge of the physical anatomy of the singbird. By taking an active part in the creation of “Study Projects” you will, in step-by-step fashion begin to absorb the understanding that will enable you to become a more ‘matured’ artist. One with deeper confidence that then has built more capability to truly and intuitively compose great art. This is a fun, interactive class that combines both demonstrations and hands on study projects. Whether or not you are interested in songbirds, this course is valuable as it is a model of a system that can be used for the in-depth study of any subject. This class is also designed for artists of any medium – from 2 dimensional or sculpture in wood, stone or bronze.

*All tools and materials are provided.


 Deep Relief Wood Sculpture: Horse Head Portrait

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1475.00

Instructor: Craig Hone and Jeff Wolf

In our wood sculpting here at the studio we are always engaged in trying to make our art pieces have that something extra. We are continually working towards trying to have each piece we do possess that ‘masterfulness’ or that ‘X Factor’. We have found that as we work the design up in clay first, and then use that clay piece as our model for the wood carving, we achieve a much more successful work of art.

We apply this method in this course. The first day is spent with Jeff helping you complete the horse in clay. You will be getting the correct proportions and anatomy in as well as developing that sense of artistic design for the piece. Craig will then assist you as you use your model as reference to carve the horse head in wood, going through step-by-step techniques of roughing in and continually refining, through the staining and finishing until you achieve that ultimate rich and beautiful work of art. This piece will work very well as art for its own sake, or can be applied toward any architectural projects.

Please bring:

  • Arbortech Mini Carver with 2” flat Saburr tooth wheel
  • High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 RPM’s)
  • High Torque Burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone Kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High speed burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • One set fine riffler files
  • One adjustable sanding stick with 80 and 120 grit belts
  • One set sand bristle bushes with their appropriate mandril (80 and 120 grit)
  • Safety glasses and dust mask

*Sculpting tools and materials are provided

*Horse blank is also provided


Metal Engraving

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1075.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

In this course we explore techniques of metal engraving using the ultra high speed hand piece. This tool produces a different look than the traditional ‘bright cut’ engraving. We take advantage of this difference and actually carve contoured shapes. We are also able to produce a fine stipple background with this tool. We will be working a scroll pattern and the result is a rich and dazzling look.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Small and Large Football diamond (smooth)
  • 8-12, ½ round carbide burrs
  • Optivisor #5 or #7 Magnification
  • Browning BDL .22 Cal. Lever action field grade (Call Craig)

Hummingbird in Stone

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1150.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

We begin this course at the end of the ‘Hummingbird in Black Walnut and Silver’ course held the previous 2 ½ days. Artistically, we are concerned with the same aspects of design and techniques as the previous class but now we get to explore a whole other medium – working in stone. This stone is soft enough to manipulate with the same tools we use in wood. You will enjoy creating a gallery piece in a most elegant material.

Please bring:

  • High torque hand piece (such as the NSK unit 0-50,000 RPM’s)
  • High Torque Burrs (preferably the Profitable Hobbies Hone Kit assortment of 3/32” and 1/8” shank burrs)
  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • High speed burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • One adjustable sanding stick with 80 and 120 grit belts
  • One set sand bristle bushes with their appropriate mandril (80 and 120 grit)
  • Small and Large Football diamond (smooth)

*Wood carving blank and other materials provided


Marsh Duck Scene

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1750.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

In this course we will be carving a duck scene in landscape on a gunstock. Careful attention is given to creating good structure and feathering in the birds as well as gaining experience in carving a marsh landscape including water.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed hand piece
  • Burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Three Green Flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  • Football diamond (smooth) large and small
  • One diamond sharpening stone (coarse)
  • Optivisor
  • One Pin Vise

*Gunstock blank and finishing materials are provided


High Country Elk

[9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.]

$1750.00

Instructor: Craig Hone

Though similar to the High Country Mule Deer class, this course has some different landscape elements as well as a larger animal subject. We are then able to do more with the Elk anatomy. Giving us more experience in developing our carving skills.

Please bring:

  • Ultra high speed piece.
  • Burr set (preferably Profitable Hobbies set of 24 diamond and carbide burrs)
  • Three Green Flame abrasive stone burrs (661)
  •  Football diamond (smooth) large and small
  • One diamond sharpening stone (coarse).
  • Optivisor
  • Pin vise

*Gunstock blank and finishing materials are provided.

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