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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Elko Convention Center

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 9:00am

Elko Convention Center
700 Moren Way
Elko, NV 89801

Schedule of Events

9:00am - 5:00pm: Rawhide Braiding with Doug Groves at Elko Convention Center - Silver Room
Create a 12-strand quirt in this four-day workshop with Great Basin buckaroo and braider Doug Groves. A 2017 recipient of the Nevada Heritage Award, Doug makes rawhide reatas, quirts, reins and bosals of great beauty and function. Doug learned braiding from peers in the bunkhouse and beyond, and now passes on these techniques for turning rawhide into fine horse gear. Assisted by his son Grant and master braider Charles Liesen, Doug will teach techniques for processing rawhide from hide harvest to finished string. This workshop is an interactive affair, with class alumnae also sharing methods and tips. The camaraderie and cooperative learning among fellow braiders of varied experience levels makes this a veritable celebration of rawhide!

9:00am - 5:00pm: Floral Design & Carving with Cary Schwarz at Elko Convention Center - Gold Room
Open new avenues of creativity and improve your floral carving designs in this three-day workshop geared toward the practicing craftsman. With decades of teaching experience, Cary's hands-on, demo-laden approach will provide ways of making design a habit, with an eye toward saving time while elevating your work. Day one focuses on "how" and "what" to draw, using artistic elements of balance, ratio, variety, composition and negative space. Explore "gesture drawing," building off Kimon Nicolaides' 1938 book, The Natural Way to Draw (which will be mailed to you in December). Days two and three focus on carving, swivel knife techniques and thoughtful tool selection. To help you stay the trail, Cary will email you a daily drawing assignment for 30 days after the class! Open to students of intermediate experience and above. Veteran leatherworkers and sophomores alike are sure to glean new information. Students must bring their own stamping tools, sketch pad, pencil, eraser, and an open mind! Students may choose to bring a small project of their own to work on.
Cost: $400

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