8 Days Of Wood

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8 Days Of Wood

Dates: July 26 – Aug 2, 2024
Times: 9am – 6pm, daily
Location: Old Trout Puppet Workshop Studio, Calgary
Cost: $600

8 Days Of Wood, with David Lane & Peter Balkwill.

Get ready to make some wood chips and dust as we dive headlong into the dynamic world of puppetry design and wood carving techniques!

This unique workshop will offer students the opportunity to gain basic fluency in traditional European-style hand carving AND power carving techniques.

The week begins with an overview of tools, safety, woodgrain, grips and cuts, with the goal of understanding the mechanics of each tool, our material and the development of knife skills.

The laboratory will continue with discussions of puppet design topics including technical drawings, the abstract/realism continuum, emotion/tone, the interplay between design and performance, controls, joints, painting and simple costume patterning.

The workshop is open to beginning and intermediate carvers alike. Some experience with puppet making is helpful, but not necessary.

Space is limited so sign up early to ensure a spot.


  • July 26 – Aug 2, 2024
  • 9am – 6pm, daily
  • Old Trout Puppet Workshop Studio, Calgary
  • Instructors David Lane & Peter Balkwill

Fee: $600 — includes tuition, materials, studio fees and shared carving tools (participants will be given instructions on where to purchase a small detail carving knife for their personal use).

Email Elaine at elaine@maskandpuppet.com to inquire about space.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds on registration, but spots can be transferable to another participant if organized by the buyer.

About the Instructors

Dave Lane is a painter, performer, puppet & mask maker, and one of the original members of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary, Alberta. He is the Co-director of the New England Puppet Intensive, a 15-day residential workshop, and Co-producer of the annual Berkshire Lantern Walk in collaboration with the Clark Art Museum.

Peter Balkwill is also a founding co-Artistic Director of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, as well as founding co-Education/Artistic Director for the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, and the curator of live performance for the Festival of Animated Objects. Through the arc of his artistic journey Peter has focused primarily on the physical nature of theatre and live performance, with a strong emphasis on the application of puppetry, and how design integrates into the embodied form of expression. Recently he has begun to apply the implication of dance into his work.

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With David Lane & Peter Balkwill | July 26 – August 2, 2024
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