To carve great birds, you need to know their underlying structure, their habitat, and characteristics. You also need to know which tools work best, how to create specific features with those tools, and how to capture those magnificent colors that Mother Nature displays.
How do you do that? You learn from someone who has many […]


Karen Hess (Student Instructor)


Karen is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College where she majored in mathematics and computer science. She worked as a computer programmer and project manager for IBM for 33 years before retiring in 2007.
Karen first became interested in carving when she enrolled in a class at Sertoma Park after moving to Raleigh from […]

Vic Kirkman

About the Instructor:

Vic Kirkman is a North Carolina artist who works intensely to advance his skills creating realistic ducks. He carves all types of waterfowl, but emphasis is on the realistic decorative decoy carved for competitions held on the East and Gulf Coasts.

Even though Vic has been carving […]