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Clay Modelling for Carvers with Cam Merkle

Clay Modelling for Carvers with Cam Merkle

Date and Time

Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Cost: $80.00
Includes all materials and taxes


The Razertip Classroom
301-9th Street North
Martensville, SK S0K 2T0

Class Description

Want to bring your carving to the next level? Intimidated at the thought of making a clay model of your project? Maybe you've tried making a clay model and have been frustrated. For many of the best carvers in the world a clay model is an essential part of their design process. A clay model allows you to work out any design and anatomy challenges and can eliminate guesswork in your finished carving.

Cam has been making clay models (or studies) of all his major pieces since 2005. His process uses carved wooden pieces, wire, polymer clay and sometimes metal sheet in order to animate each piece and work out any anatomy, design, composition and engineering challenges for the entire piece before committing to a piece of wood for the finished project. In this one-day hands-on class Cam will share his entire process from start-to-finish, giving you the information and experience you'll need to get your own clay study started.

The class project will be an American Avocet (approximately 1/2 lifesize) standing on a small sand bar with one wing partially extended, or you can opt to work on a project of your choice. You will get to spend much of the day working on the model, getting it to the point where you'll be able to keep working on it (and hopefully finish it) at home. If you prefer to work on your own project instead of the Avocet you will need to contact Cam at info@razertip.com or by phone 306-931-0889 weekdays 9-5 by Feb 28, letting him know what subject you want to sculpt so he can be properly prepared for you.

If you're doing the Avocet you won't need to bring any tools or supplies (you could still bring your own reference photos if you wish). If you'll be working on your own unique project you'll need to bring as much reference material as you can. If you're able you can bring a sketch/sketches of your ideas (this is helpful but not essential).

Workshop fee includes one pound of Super Sculpey clay (yours to keep), all required wood, wire and glue and an American Avocet photo reference book, along with all applicable taxes.

This is a great class for beginners and experienced carvers alike. Class runs from 9am to 5:30pm with a 45-minute break for lunch - participants can bring a bag lunch or there are several fast-food options in Martensville (A&W, McDonalds, Subway, Tim Horton's, DQ, Taco Time, etc.) if you prefer. Coffee and tea will be provided, but please bring your own mug.

About the Instructor: Cam Merkle

Cam Merkle is the owner and president of Razertip Industries Inc. and Saskatchewan's only Wildfowl Master Artist. He has been teaching bird carving since 1984 and has been a teacher, judge and competitor with his carvings at shows and carving events all over North America. An avid bird observer and photographer, Cam has over 40 photo reference books and 2 pattern and photo books currently in print with more in the works.


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