Whittler's Workshop Weekend


Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

For whittlers and carvers, the ball-in-cage is known as the ultimate challenge. In this workshop, learn the techniques of tramp/hobo art and get an exclusive tour of prime examples in the Arts Center’s collection by artist Adolph Vandertie. Led by artist and educator Taylor Rushing, follow the trademark of whittlers throughout history with his guidance, along with patience and a steady hand. Students will learn the rich history of whittling, as well as best practices in materials, safety, and technique.

This two day workshop includes carving a ball-in-cage and add a whittled chain.

Age 14+

$75 ($60 member)

One day: Carve a ball-in-cage only. Purchase that one day workshop HERE.

About the instructor:
Taylor Wright Rushing was born in Tacoma, WA. He received his BA at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and went on to work as a professional glassblower in the South Puget Sound area. He has also worked carpentry on the southern coast of the United Kingdom and played in an old-time string band in Austin, TX. He will receive his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the spring.

Rushing was the first artist-in-residence at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in 2016 and will be artist-in-residence at the Bubbler in Madison, WI, this spring. His work has been on the covers of Old Time Herald Magazine and Grit City Magazine and shown widely in the United States, including at the Todd Art Gallery in Murfreesboro, TN, and the Red Bull Art House in Detroit.

Photo: Adolph Vandertie, untitled, n.d.; wood; 17 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 8 in. John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of Kohler Foundation Inc.