Archive for August, 2010

*About Next Year’s Classes


Just when you think that you have  the hang of how to do something, everything tends to change again; hopefully for the better interest of everyone concerned!  There’s always that hope.  Some changes you have probably already known about and already understand:

1,)  Starting this year, we’ll only offer two class projects each year.

2.)  Also started this year, we’ll limit each class to six students  max  (hey, I only really have room for 6 tables).

3.)  This year’s 2010 tuition was reduced 10+%;  2011’s tuitions will also remain at this same   Hamonhausstimulus   reduced price.

4.)  Also started this year,  class projects run for 12 instead of 10 weeks of carving instruction.

Our standard practice of notification is to e-mail our e-mailing-list subscribers 30 days before the date of Class-session #1.  A week prior to that notice, I always advise-most-recently-active and current students about the new class.  All of those notified receive an  e-mailed letter accompanied by an enrollment form.  If an interested party has the sufficient desire regarding the future classes to sign-on to being on the list, they’ll hear about the classes in this manner.  We ceased to use Postage several years ago. For the first time in memory, my class enrolments were “Full” by the date the e-letter was to be sent out!  I suspect that all of the new enrollees were wanting to not miss out on getting into the class.  Additional students prevailed upon me to get in also; as a result, I will teach this 12 week class to two groups every Saturday.  Although I truly enjoy the experience, we do not intend to repeat it after this year.

Well, in the last week, several have approached me separately about early notification to insure their places in future classes.  I was even offered a deposit. As I told one (or both) of them, I actually want you in the classes more than you want to be in them.  I can’t take “too early” payment.  I don’t believe deposits are appropriate. Upon reflection and seeing the need for accommodation of some kind, I have decided to accept  full-payments only for either or both class-projects for  any given year on or after the first day of January for that same year. This policy takes effect on January 1, 2011.  This can be added as Change #5) to the above list.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*1993 Bald Eagle #2 Project is Finished! Page 3


Since our last page was posted on this project, it has marched steadily forward.  Although I did a less than stellar job on a few of my photos, you’ll have an idea of the concluding projects steps.  Upon final completion (in the paint-department) The Eagle in question flew home to a worthy family who will care for it as the heirloom it has become.  One last explanation about Eagle #2 and Eagle #3; #2 was started back in 1993 and not completed until after Eagle #3 was much later started and completed.  Our woodcarvings are numbered at the time the bases are made and signed by us, not, when they are completed.  #2 was re-commenced this year because of a passing interest in an Eagle Carving made by close friends. I re-examined the dusty carving which was sitting on a shop-shelf among other dusty and nearly forgotten carvings.  It still looked good to me and so here we are, 17 years later; finished at last!.


Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #2

Bald Eagle #2 Unpainted

Bald eagle #2 Unpainted

Bald Eagle #2 Painted

Bald Eagle #2 Painted

Bald Eagle #2 Painted

Bald Eagle #2 Painted

*Next Year’s New Classes are now Posted


Bluejay

American Kestrel

These projects are reprises of former classes I’ve taught Our 2011 Spring Class is the Bluejay.   This is our third time teaching it.  I believe I taught it in 1988 and again in 2000; so, this might well be it’s “last hurrah” at das Hamonhaus. I’ve personally carved five of them.

Our 2011 Summer Class is the “American Kestrel” of which, I’ve also carved five of them.

Notice several new changes to our curriculim; Only two class projects were  this year, next year and so forth.  Also notice that I’ve reprised the reduced tuition for yet another year as a “stymulus” you can believe in. Also, to benefit your student experience at das hamonhaus, classes are forever-more maxed-out at 6 students.  These changes also benefit the ol’ Carvingmeister, himself.  I suggest that last-minute enrollments didn’t work-out well this year.  Hopefully, those keenly interested in a space in one or in both of these new classes, will enroll a wee-bit earlier than is their normal custom.

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

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