Master woodcarver to hold 8-week workshop to benefit NH Audubon

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IMG_0245CONCORD, NH – If one of your goals this spring is to learn a hobby while supporting conservation efforts in your community, then NH Audubon has a treat for you! Led by award-winning master wood-carver and artist Bob Schwinger, the 2015 Wildlife Woodcarving and Painting Workshop will begin Thursday, April 2 from 7 to 9 pm at Schwinger’s studio in Concord.

All proceeds from the course tuition will be donated to NH Audubon.

The workshop is open to all, and no experience is necessary. Schwinger will individually tailor projects to suit the novice as well as the experienced carver. Coursework will include learning how to select, use, sharpen and maintain carving and painting tools, how to select appropriate wood for carving, and the step-by-step processes of carving and painting detailed wild birds and fish. At the end of the workshop, each participant will leave with new skills, one or two beautiful carvings, and a keen appreciation for the art of wood carving.

IMG_0244The cost of the eight-week class is $140, and classes are 7 to 9 p.m. on the following Thursday nights: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 14, and 21. Typical cost of materials is about $35 and is not included in the tuition. Participants will need to purchase a carving knife and safety glove, which can be purchased online or directly from Schwinger. This popular workshop tends to fill quickly as it is limited to only eight participants to ensure substantial one-on-one attention, so early registration is recommended. To register or for more information, please contact Bob Schwinger at 496-4631 or

Schwinger is a Concord native, retired corporate general manager and high school teacher who has been involved in the art of woodcarving for more than 20 years. He regularly offers workshops and shares his knowledge with students in his home studio and other locations. He has competed and won awards throughout New England as well as the Ward World Bird Carving Competition in Maryland, and currently spends most of his time carving for competition, commission and collectors.

About New Hampshire Audubon

Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit

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