Award winning artisan Russ Biros of Plato, Mo., will hold a woodcarving workshop on Feb. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Harlin Museum Classroom.  The Harlin Museum is located at 405 Worcester Ave in West Plains.

In this wood carving workshop, the instructor’s emphasis will be on demonstrating how to plan, design and carve a simple object out of wood.  Participants will discuss the tools and supplies needed to carve objects out of wood; and how to safely use and the proper handling and maintaining wood carving tools. The workshop is sponsored by the Harlin Museum Board and the $40 fee to attend will cover cost of all the materials necessary to create a small wooden object carved at the workshop.

Biros has taught woodcarving for almost 30 years.  He is a Best of Missouri Hands juried artist, Spring Creek Artisans juried artist and a Vesterheim Gold Medalist.  He is a member of the Current River artists, Arts Rolla and the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers.  He has competed on a national and world level, winning numerous blue ribbons as well as Best of Show awards.

Attendees may bring a bag lunch or a snack, cold bottled water will be provided.

Proceeds from the workshop will go toward purchasing operational materials, supplies and equipment for educational programs for the museum.

For further inquiries, prospective students need to contact Gladys Morris at 417-255-0920 or to RSVP.  Although payment may be made at the door upon arrival, organizers need to know in advance how many artists that plans to attend to ensure enough materials will be on hand for everyone and for setting up for the workshop.

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