Class Schedule






Come join us at our Downtown Location

Peter Engler Designs

201 South Commercial

Branson, MO 65616

417-335-6862 or Email:

We have lots of great classes, so check them out.

Call or email us to schedule an appointment.




  • Relief Carving Class by John Engler
  • Sharpening Class by Steve Schumacher and Harley Schmitgen
  • Painting Class by Cindy Doran
  • Beginner Class by Don Arnett
  • Carving Fur, Hair, and Curly Beards by Joe Land
  • Relief Carving Class by Joe Land
  • Santa and Angel Ornament Class by Joe Land
  • Beginner Gourd and Wood Burning by Ruth Schumacher
  • Cariacture Carving Class by Roger Stegall
  • Quick Santa Class by Roger Stegall
  • Carving Class by Adina Huckins
  • Christmas is Comin by Harley Schmitgen
  • Carving Class by Janet Cordell
  • Caricature Animal Carving Class by Iner Joelso
  • Gourd Carving and Alcohol Ink Class by Ruth Schumacher
  • Log Cabin Relief Carving Class by Sheilah Nichols


Scheduled  Classes




Cariacture Carving Class by Roger Stegall

Beginner to Advanced


Roger Stegall will be teaching 3 classes this year. The first one is going to be the Cowboy Collection, a 2 day class, May 21, 22, 2021. You may choose any of the roughouts in the picture and you may also purchase roughouts from him to take home with you to finish later. Cost of this class is $85 per day (plus the cost of the roughout, ranging from $10 -$30, and paid to Roger during class). Bring your own sharp tools, or you may purchase them when you arrive, with a student discount. Safety glove and face mask are required.

The next class will be September 17,18th, 2021. This is Roger’s Hillbilly Collection, and will also be a 2 day class. You may choose any of the rough-outs pictured for this class. Cost is also $85 per day plus cost of the roughout.

The last class for the year will be Roger’s Santa Collection, just in time for Christmas, November 12,13, 2021. This is a 2 day class and cost is $85 per day. You may also do Roger’s Quick Santa as a one or 2 day class during any of these scheduled classes. 




Relief Carving Class by John Engler
Beginner to Advanced




We are excited to announce that John Engler will be teaching classes this year here at our shop. His first class will be June 11-13, relief carving (Fri, Sat, Sun) and then Mon, June 14, is the painting class for your project. Cost is $80 per day for the carving class and $90 per day for the painting class. You may purchase carving blanks from John when you arrive, prices for them are $36-$45. John provides all the paints and brushes. 

Tools to bring (or purchase here when you arrive): 

#3 gouges, all sizes, especially ¾” and ½”, #1 flat chisels, ½”, ¾”, and 1 ¼” and a skew. A good carving knife and #3 veiners in various sizes. Also bring your favorite tools, a safety glove, and a mask.

John Engler has been a professional artist for 40 years, specializing in relief carving and watercolor painting. He has taught classes in 17 different states and exhibited artwork at Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts Festival for over thirty years and at his uncle Pete’s craft mall, The Engler Block.

His class will include lessons in medium to deep relief carving. No experience necessary. All levels of carving experience welcome. A wide variety of subject matter is available for the class, including animals and architectural. You may view the projects to carve on his website: or pick one when you arrive. If you want a special pattern created by John, you will need to contact him at least 3 weeks ahead of scheduled class. You may email John at or phone him at 417-209-6842. Call Peter Engler Designs at 417-335-6862 to schedule your class and pay at the time of scheduling to reserve your spot. 



Classes by Appointment 


Painting Class By Cindy Doran

Cost is $65 per student plus an additional $15 to the instructor for all supplies, including a gourd to paint on, acrylic paints, and brushes.

She has been a decorative painter and instructor since 1973, and has also taught wood-burning, and gourd carving.

 If you would like to schedule a future class with Cindy, call or email the shop. 



Beginner Class by Don Arnett


Don Arnett is one of our newest instructors. He has been a guest carver here and at Silver Dollar City for many years. His work is on display at our downtown location. Don has a variety of projects to choose from for a class. His class will be by appointment, with at least a 2 day notice. Cost is $65 per day and includes the roughout to learn on. Class hours are 10am to 4pm, with a lunch break. You may bring your lunch or take a break and go to one of the nearby restaurants. Beginners are welcome. Call the shop for more information and to schedule an appointment.









Gourd Carving and Alcohol Ink Classes by Ruth Schumacher

Beginner to Advanced


Ruth Schumacher will be adding 2 new classes this year for those of you who want to do some power carving. Ruth will teach you the basics of power carving a design in a gourd. You will need to bring your own power carving tools, but she will furnish the dust collector for this class if you need one.  It is very dusty, so you must bring your own face mask filter, and safety glasses for this project. You must also be able to breath in a dusty environment, and even though the dust collectors get most of the dust, it is still in the air. If you don’t have power tools, they are available for purchase when you arrive.

Cost for this class is $65 per day, plus $10+ for supplies, and length of class depends on you, as Ruth is available for more than 1 day. Call the shop at 417-335-6862 for more information and to schedule a time.


She will also teach the basics of Alcohol Ink Dyes on tile,  which is a short class that can only last a ½ day if you wish. Cost is $26 per hour.

Some examples of Gourd Power Carving:



Some examples of the Alcohol Ink Dye on Tile Class:





Beginner or Advanced

This is a 2 or 3 Day Class (your choice) and is $85 per Day + cost of roughout $20. Joe will  teach this class by Appointment for your convenience. Joe has a line of Santa Ornaments for beginners.

Learn to carve fur, hair, and full curly beards for your Santa’s and Mountain Men. Joe will show you easily attainable techniques for carving realistic and convincing hair, fur, and beards that will add that “punch” and style to your carvings. Topics covered will include tool selection, layout, improvisation, locks and curls, dimension, movement, and just the right amount of subtle detail. Joe’s wonderfully detailed Santa’s show a European influence. Joe was awarded First Place in the Santa category at the International Carver’s Congress Carving Show in Iowa.

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Relief Carving Class by Joe Land


Joe will be teaching his beautiful and unique style of Relief Carving and Painting. This class is  by Appointment. Cost is $85 per day, this is a 2 or 3 day class. Bring your own sharp tools and carving glove or purchase when you arrive. The project will be Santa and Bunny, pictured below. Call the shop or email to sign up or for more info.




Santa and Angel Ornament Class by Joe Land

Beginner or Advanced

This Class is by appointment  and cost is $85 per day. Joe will help you create a little masterpiece to hang on your Christmas tree or give away to someone special.


Gourd and Woodburning Class by Ruth Schumacher

Beginner or Advanced

This is a 1 or 2 Day Class, by appointment for your convenience, with a short 1 or 2 day notice. Ruth will cover topics such as design, color (ink dyes) simple woodburning and embellishments.You can choose from one of the beautiful projects shown below. The first 3 are pendants made from pieces of broken gourd! Beginners welcome.




Ruth has been a teacher of children and adults as well as an educational consultant for many years. Artistic interests include needlework, stained glass, including church window restorations, music, and decorative gourds.




Log Cabin Relief Carving Class by Sheilah Nichols  

Beginner or Advanced


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2 Day Class

Cost is $85 + blank.

This is a 2 day class with option of adding an additional day to paint the project if needed. Sheilah worked with John Engler for 28 years, and still 

works with him during the fall festival at Silver Dollar City.

Bring your favorite sharpened tools and safety glove.

Sheilah uses a v tool, flat gouge, and carving knife.

If you need tools or a glove you may purchase them

when you arrive. 


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  Parking For Students and Instructors

You can unload in the Loading Zone in front of the shop. Free parking available all day at the end of Pacific Street, 1 block east of shop. Handicap/disabled parking assistance can be pre-arranged.



Classes are non-refundable, unless cancelled by instructor.