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Whittle a Warbler with Gilley Museum’s Master Carver Steve Valleau
May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
As warblers migrate through Maine this May, join us outside at Schoodic Institute to carve your own yellow-rumped warbler in a workshop with the Wendell Gilley Museum’s carver-in-residence, Steve Valleau. Participants will start with a roughed-out basswood blank, carve it, and paint it. The workshop is open to both beginning and experienced carvers; children 12 and up are welcome with an adult. Participants will look closely at references as they recreate the shape and plumage of this lovely warbler. Tools will be provided on loan for this class, or may be purchased from the museum ahead of time.
Steven Valleau doesn’t think of himself as an artist since he holds a degree in Biology. Carving birds is something he first did around 11-years-old when he finished a duck his uncle had begun. Steven continued carving birds because he feels it adequately expresses his deep interest in the species. When Steven met Wendell Gilley the museum was just being constructed. A couple of years later, Steven was carving up to 200 birds a year and selling them at the museum’s gift shop and craft fairs. He took a summer job at the museum and found his place. June 2020, was the 35th year he has been carving birds for the Gilley and teaching others the love of the craft. Shore birds, such as sandpipers and herons, are Steven’s favorite ones to carve. While he says he won’t drive out of his way to see a bird, Steven still enjoys drives through the countryside, taking walks, and hiking up mountains.
Space is limited and registration is required for this workshop. The workshop is comprised of two sessions, first on Saturday May 15 and the second on Saturday May 22, both days from 1 PM to 4 PM. Please see the following link for important COVID-19 related information and guidelines as pertains to the event on campus: COVID-19 Campus Operations Update