Razorbill carving class offered

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A nine-week razorbill carving class for novice and experienced carvers will be offered at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. starting Oct. 8 and running through Dec. 10.

Under the guidance of carver-in-residence Steve Valleau, participants will learn carving, texturing and painting techniques as they transform a wooden bird blank into a handsome finished work.

A striking black-and-white seabird in the auk family, the razorbill breeds on coastal cliffs and rocky islands of the North Atlantic. Valleau, who has been teaching carving for 30 years, selected this puffin-like bird because of its elegance. Bird blank and base are provided with the class, and tools are available at the museum.

The class costs $70 with a current Wendell Gilley Museum membership. Space is limited to 10 carvers.

Through the end of September, introductory carving lessons are available Tuesday through Fridays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Contact the museum at 244-7555 or [email protected].


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