Catbird Class Project

Oven bird in progress

Completed Woodcocks.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers!


Al teaches a complete sculpture starting from a wooden cutout all the way to the final hand-brushed details.  Students may elect to bring a previously carved piece for critique and individualized painting instruction.  Al offers airbrush seminars for carvers interested in using this technique to create a softer finished look.  He helps students vanquish the dreaded "air brush phobia" and they leave his studio with the confidence to continue using the air brushing at home.  Contact Al directly to schedule a session.



Al hosts seminars in a spacious and well-lit studio adjacent to his home.  The studio is with 16 feet of windows overlooking Al's falconry facilities and a bird inhabited backyard.  Students are asked to use their own tools, paints, brushes, other equipment and supplies.  Al provides a cutout, eyes, and patterns.  Any brass needed for legs, feet, branches, leaves, etc. will be supplied.  A complete list of paint colors, tools, and equipment is available before each seminar.  Al usually power carves his pieces, airbrushes the base colors, shadows, and some detail and then uses a brush for the final details.  If preferred, the student may handpaint the entire piece.




Al teaches seminars around the country and is available for club and small group instruction.  

​CLASSES - 2020

Al will be teaching at home and all over the country again this year.   Right now, things are on hold due to the current Social Distancing guidelines.  We're keeping our fingers crossed for July...  


Class:  Carve and paint a life size Red-headed Woodpecker.


Dates:  July 27 - 31, 2020

Location:  Home Studio


Class:  Carve and paint an American Kestrel. 


Virtual instruction in conjunction with Krausman's Wildlife Reference Photos and Woodcarving Studios.   Link to Studio 

For details contact Pam at Krausman's:  (616)401-2703



For carving supplies, expert advice, and individual attention, Al recommends Jaymes Company.  For more information, visit their website.



Use the button below to contact Al for availablity and more information.   

Realistic bird carvings by woodcarver Al Jordan  © 2020 by Al Jordan. All rights reserved.