Workshops & Seminars

Neill Johnson Walking Stick Purchase Award

Tab Dudley - fox walking stick


Prairie Canada is pleased to provide a variety of workshops in conjunction with our annual show.

Prairie Canada Workshops – Fall 2019- Winter 2019

Prairie Canada is offering occasional carving workshops at the Elmwood East Kildonan Active Living Centre in Winnipeg (180 Poplar Avenue). The Centre has a dedicated workshop and lunchroom– bring a lunch. Coffee is provided. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Register with Tom McCormack at (204) 253-0885 (home). Workshop details are sent out to students in advance of the workshop. Prairie Canada can supply dust collectors and power carving equipment for a $5.00 fee. Profits raised through the workshop go towards hosting the annual competition. Full day workshop usually run from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Evening workshops run from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Prairie Canada Carving Show and Competition 2019 - May 3-5

Prairie Canada is pleased to offer workshops, featuring talented Manitoba instructors, offering workshops for every carver from beginners to advanced.   Classes TBA

PCCA Show Workshops

Feature Workshop: Rick Krane Fish Artistry Arctic Grayling Painting Workshop

2019 Workshops and Demonstrations: For Registration Sheet, Click Here

Please note Workshop dates and times.
For more information contact Tom McCormack at 204-253-0885

Power Carving from Cut-out to Bird with Don Young and Brock Love
cost $100.00
Thursday, May 3rd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, May 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

You have your band-sawn bird cut-out. What are the next steps? Where and how much to grind away? Where to start? Join Don Young and Brock Love in this hands on Workshop to explore songbird patterns, how to place them on wood blocks, and then band saw cutting.  Using a pre-cut Nuthatch, we will use micro-grinders to systematically shape the project. The Nuthatch will be completed as a natural finish smoothie. A limited number of micro-grinders will be supplied by Prairie Canada, or you can bring your own! We will not be using shaft driven rotary grinders in this Workshop.

Bark Wood Spirit with Paul Giasson
cost $80.00
Friday, May 3 evening
Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Release the Wood Spirit! Paul Giasson returns to hand carve a Wood Spirit in cottonwood bark. Instruction will focus on the layout of faces, step by step strategy of carving the face, eye placement and facial expression. Carvers need to bring their own edge tools – small to medium gouges, and a carving knife. Bark will be supplied.

Chainsaw Carving with De-Ann Holmes
cost $30.00
Saturday May 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Join De Ann Holmes as she demonstrates her award winning approach to the basics of chain saw carving. With an emphasis on safety, instruction will focus on the design, planning, and execution of carving using examples of progression from start to finish. Time permitting, there will be a demonstration using an electric chain saw.

Pyrography (Wood Burning) with Louise Reilly
cost $50.00
Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Louise Reilly returns to instruct Pyrography (wood burning) using the media of a basswood plaque. This is a perfect class for beginner and intermediate students. Several patterns will be provided for students to choose from. Remember that this is “your unique” picture – each has your own flavour to enjoy.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own burning equipment; some equipment will be made available by Prairie Canada but please indicate your need on the Registration to reserve a burner.

Plexiglass Eyes with Gordon Kanne
cost $50.00
Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

This Workshop will focus on making eyes from Plexiglas. Students will create eyes that are more lifelike than glass eyes. Plexiglas eyes will have more colour in the iris than glass, giving depth to the features in your carvings. You will be able to adapt this method for birds and fish of various sizes. Rotary Tools (Dremel) with 1/8thinch collet and drill bit will be used.


Oak Hammock Carving Guild Workshops – Winter 2019

Carve and paint your own working decoy.  Use hand and power tools to shape a cork body and pine head.  Then paint your ducks in the traditional way with oil house paint.  Cost, including all materials: Members $110+ GST = $115.50   Non-members $130 + GST =$136.50  To register call (204) 467-3300

March 3, 10, 17 - Bufflehead Drake

Carving in the Park - Alberta Wildlife Carving Association

June 18th - 23rd, 2019 with instructors Pat Godin, Dennis Drechsler and Jeff Krete.  For more information and registration contact: Bob Steele at For course descriptions, click here

Wahpeton Carving Weekend - North Dakota

June 21 - 23, 2019 Various classes including bark houses, wood spirit faces, Santa egghead, spoons, caricature, butternut crappie, relief carving, chip carving, woodburning.  For a complete list of classes and more information, click here

Lee Valley Tools - Winnipeg Seminars

March 22                 Turn a Safety Razor Handle
March 28                 Turn a Lidded Wooden Box
March 29 & 30        Beginner Woodturning

Artists Emporium Seminars

April 16th               Bark and woodcarving with Peter Symchuk
April 20th               Wood Burning Pyrography Projects with Stephanie Strugar
April 25th               Intro to Soapstone with Peter Symchuk

WindyDay Woodworks Classes

Saturday, April 13   9 AM - 4 PM      Chainsaw Safety & Handling
This course covers chainsaw safety, basic maintenance and provides opportunity to handle a chainsaw.   $250, lunch & equipment provided
Go home with your own log bench & Certificate of Course Completion (accredited by Safety Services Manitoba)  Click Here for Course details >>
For the beginner or if you need a Accredited Safety Certificate for employment!

Saturday, April 27   9 AM - noon     Introduction to Chainsaw Carving
Learn the basics of chainsaw carving.  Start with a simple project.   $150, chainsaw & safety equipment provided   Go home with your own carving  Great for the beginner!
Click Here for Course details >>

Saturday, April 27  9 AM - 4 PM    Chainsaw Carve Eagle
In this session you will learn how to carve an eagle from a tree stump using a chainsaw and related tools. The session will cover all the steps involved from planning it out, blocking, carving details to finishing. At the end you will go home with your very own chainsaw carving. Provided in this session is the instruction, log, tools for detailing, and lunch. Participants must provide their own chainsaw and safety equipment. Click Here for Course details >>  Cost: $250 includes lunch  Instructor: De-Ann Holmes