ASTORIA — The Columbia River Maritime Museum hosts classes in wood carving and kayak building at the Barbey Maritime Center in January and February.
Introduction to Wood Carving, with instructor Jim Bergeron, takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20.
This class covers basic skills for novice carvers with a focus on Northwest Coast Native American carving styles. You will be furnished with carving tools and wood plaques, and will be shown basic carving techniques. You will also learn how to handle tools safely, lay out basic designs and carve desired shapes.
The cost is $50 for museum members, $65 for nonmembers.
The pygmy kayak building class with instructor Chuck Bollong takes place Feb. 4 through 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Build an elegant stitch-and-glue kayak. The class is offered in conjunction with Pygmy Boats. Participants leave with their kayak approximately 60-percent complete, and with all the skills necessary to finish their boat at home.
The cost is $800, plus the kit price from Pygmy.