South Pomfret, Vermont
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Wooden Star Carving

Join us for our holiday wood carving class and create a beautiful tree-topper or decoration.

Are you looking for a handmade traditional tree-topper or a one-of-a-kind door decoration? Try your hand at carving a wooden star of your own design from basswood. We’ll begin with a 1 ½” slab of basswood on which we’ll sketch out the design and then carve using straight knives. Your star can be finished with a more rustic, faceted “knife finish” or a smooth sanded finish. Personalize it with a wood burned message, clear water-based urethane, paint, or other special details.

Lisa Kaija received her BA in Art History at Dartmouth College and her K-6 General Education/Visual Arts teaching certification through the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. During the last thirty years, she taught all subjects in grades K-4 and some subjects in grade 5-6 in various Upper Valley public and private schools. She has trained mid-life career changers to become teachers and raised five children with her husband, Kevin. Lisa revels in teaching art. The question she dodges most often is “Are you an artist?,” since she considers herself a teacher first and an artist second, and elementary art teachers need to know a little about a lot of different art forms. She thrives on challenges and enjoys being creative with people of any age.