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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.  Students can vanquish the dreaded "air brush phobia" and leave the studio with confidence to continue 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 has 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 hand paint the entire piece.




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



This year at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships, Al will be teaching the carving and

painting of Red-tailed Hawk head.  Classes are Tuesday April 18th through Thursday, April

20th, 2023. 

Click here for more information.

Al offers a wide variety of virtual classes. 




Barn Swallow - Lifesize, challenge pose.

Boreal Owl - Lifesize.

Raven - 1/2 size.

NEW!!!  Scarlet Tananger - Lifesize.

Screech Owl - Lifesize.

Cost:  Covers cutout, eyes, and shipping.  Students shall provide their own base/mount.

Classes are be posted on Facebook and conducted as a private groups.  Upon registration, you will receive an invitation and access code to join.  Every session will be available at anytime on Facebook.   You can access the many in-depth videos and pictures at your own convenience, as often as you like.  This allows you to work at your own speed and whenever best suits your schedule.  We will be creating highly decorative pieces.  All aspects of carving, detailing, and painting will be covered.  The base/mount will be discussed but each student shall make their own decision on how to proceed.

This method became popular during the pandemic.  It has proven to be a very effective way to learn and continues to appeal to those who cannot travel, want to follow their own schedule, or view the lessons repeatedly.

Contact Al directly with questions or if you would like to join in.  You will not be disappointed!  Read what some of Al's students have to say:


These classes are really well done and you can learn a lot.  I plan on doing it!  As Al says, you won't be disappointed.  RC

These are great classes and very in depth and you can learn at your own pace.  Highly recommended taking the class.  GS

I've done two online courses with Al this year.  Both were outstanding and for me this is such a great way to improve.  Being able to work at your own pace and to review videos is so much better than on site workshops though I do miss the social aspect...  Al is an outstanding teacher.  I be taking the swallow class and other future classes.  Thanks Al for all.  LG


VIRTUAL CLASS in conjunction with Krausman's Wildlife Reference Photos and Woodcarving Studios.  


Link to Krausman's Studio 

Subject:  Blackburnian Warblers in Spring Habitat. 

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  © 2022 by Al Jordan. All rights reserved.

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