Carving a Common Loon
Wendell Gilley Museum, 4 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor.
Students will carve and finish a miniature (six-inch) loon in basswood. The students will receive a roughed out blank and will be able to finish the piece with a varying amount of detail. Students wishing to borrow a knife may do so to create more detail on their bird than possible in the allotted time. Approximately one-half of the class will be devoted to carving and one-half to painting.
About the instructor
Steven Valleau has a Biological Sciences degree from Indiana University. From 1981 to 1985, he was a full-time bird carver based in his hometown of Orono, ME. During that time, he began teaching adult education classes in bird carving. Steven began demonstrating and teaching carving at the Wendell Gilley Museum in the summer of 1985. He has taught carving at local MDI schools during their annual Arts Weeks, starting at Mount Desert Elementary School in 2010. In the summer of 2018, he taught a Carving with Knives session at Shakerag in Sewanee, TN, and a Sandpiper class in the village of St. Germaine de Belves in southern France. Steve has been carving loons every year for 35 years. This will be his second carving class for ASC.