Instruction is introductory. Students are required to cut their own stone from a larger piece which will be provided. If possible outdoor time and natural light is preferable for working with hammer and chisel.
|Maximum Class Size||9 students (for equal one to one consulting and instruction). Larger classes will require an assistant, which can be discussed.|
|Time Required||9 plus hrs|
|Material Required||The artist will supply the soapstone at minimum cost, with sandpapers, wax, crayons/pencils, and dust masks for just a little more. Tools and some carving trays will be provided (school will need to provide some trays).|
|Material Cost||Materials provided at minimal cost and determined by project and number of students.|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Communities||Dawson City, Old Crow, Whitehorse|
|Availability||Available through-out the year with some notice to ensure I have stone to cover class needs.Weather permitting students will be able to work outside giving the opportunity to work with natural light. Artist is available before gift dates such as Valentines Day, Mother/Father's Day and Christmas.|
|Special Notes||Cut to Polish can be adapted to suit an extended school program.|
After shipping Yukon soapstone to BC and shipping carvings to Dawson for 3 years, I loaded my truck and Kryptonite (my dog) and I moved to Dawson in 2008. In 2012, several "seasonal moves" later, I purchased my Gold Rush era house. (Stone-carving is not nomadic lifestyle friendly art form). With a home base-of-operations, "Heart of Stone" has been undergoing a metamorphosis in the 'Heart of the Klondyke", which has become more evident with the enthusiastic interest at the Yukon Riverside Art Festival artist demo/participation events and an all ages smudge-bowl carving workshop at Tombstone Interpretive Centre.