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Just wondering. I see all kinds of Painting class retreats around the country, and I sure see a few up here in Alaska. What would be your thoughts on a painting class at my shop in Alaska for CNC models?

I could set it up in the middle of the peak silver salmon season, so fishing in the morning, carving and painting in the afternoons.

3 day class. I would provide:

a pre-carved and prepped CNC carving for each day. (Generally when I teach flat canvas painting I want all the folks working through the exact same piece.

than maybe have a Bring your own carving that we could have as a free for all guided "Scott Helps" painting session.

All the paint supplies.

Lunch.


you can check out a few of my painting videos on My FB page Willow Creek Gallery, or one of two on CNC tips and Tricks.

and at least two fishing trips. Shop is on stocked lake, but the salmon river boat launch is just 6 miles from the shop.

We could work through my process for painting wild life pieces.

There are tons of B&B's in the area. So you could bring a spouse.

My costs for Paint, supplies and carved pieces could be kept under $250 per person. The real expense would be travel to Alaska and a place to Stay.

For some of you this could be a tax deduction.


John keeps threatening to come up. I just saw another painting class pop up on my feed, and I am setting up several canvas painting classes for the summer. So thought of your Characters.


Thoughts??
 

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There’s now way I could do that financially, and I don't own, nor have I ever used a CNC machine, BUT I’m gonna buy a lottery ticket with the express hope of winning so I could be a customer! Be well worth the price just to meet you and John, and hold a fishing rod. Alaska is on my bucket list. During WWII my grandfather tried to enlist, but he had 3 kids so they wouldn’t let him in. He asked what he could do to help, they said they needed help building a highway. He quit his job, and went up to Alaska, and helped build the Al-Can highway. I’ve wanted to see Alaska ever since. If I can get the picture to load, it’s of my grandfather standing in front of a trading post, in Alaska.
 

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There’s now way I could do that financially, and I don't own, nor have I ever used a CNC machine, BUT I’m gonna buy a lottery ticket with the express hope of winning so I could be a customer! Be well worth the price just to meet you and John, and hold a fishing rod. Alaska is on my bucket list. During WWII my grandfather tried to enlist, but he had 3 kids so they wouldn’t let him in. He asked what he could do to help, they said they needed help building a highway. He quit his job, and went up to Alaska, and helped build the Al-Can highway. I’ve wanted to see Alaska ever since. If I can get the picture to load, it’s of my grandfather standing in front of a trading post, in Alaska.
Epic story. and free coffee and sitting in the boat telling stories is always free if you make it up here.
 

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What the Hell, I don't do CNC, never will do CNC, so if I ever get to Alaska, I won't be attending; but if you can do it, I say go for it. Usually not a bad thing, passing along knowledge - unless you're a bank robber or something.
 

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When's salmon season??????

Wife and kids think I should try and pull it off. Got me thinking.

Fishing in the morning.
Shop in the afternoon.
Beer in the evening??

Hmmmmmmm
 

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That is a great opportunity for a wonderful experience for someone. I wish you great success organizing it. I think it is very generous of you to share your great talents with others, you do such beautiful work.
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I also think it would be a great experience, especially for someone like me who’s never traveled very far .
My nick name used to be Bubble Boy ,cause everyone thought I lived in a bubble lol .

Would be nice to say I actually visited Alaska once, and it makes it that much better knowing someone when you get there.

Guess I should have renewed my passport :|
 

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Well Scott, you kinda started something here, that I shoulda thunk to do, years ago. I took a close look at the picture, it had Nisutlin Trading Post on the building. I googled it, and they are still they’re. Not the building my Grandpa was standing in front of, but it a general store, motel, restaurant on the Alaska Highway, in Yukon Canada. It’s a 3,737 mile trip from our home in Massachusetts. I’ma gonna have to look and see how much further to your place. Seeing as how Alaska is our largest state, it might only be the halfway point LOL. You have ignited some learning of family history. Thank you.
 

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Epic story. and free coffee and sitting in the boat telling stories is always free if you make it up here.
I can afford the free coffee and sitting in the boat telling stories, but that would be a great trip.
 
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Ever think of offering an "paid online subscription" package?
Create custom CNC files that can be uploaded across multiple formats
Perhaps develop a ser8es for the beginner/intermediate/advance student.... etc.
Would open alot of doors and opportunities that otherwise might not be there right now.
Promote the hands-on classes on the site......
 
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Why not facetime? Everyone has an iPhone dont yas? I mean who doesnt.
Sorry, dont have one so not sure if you can do a video conference call.
interesting ideas floating around

I am working on some Painting and model building Utube content... but not in the near future.
 

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No everyone does not have I-phones I'd say about half would have Androids .

I'd love to come up but the wife wants to vacation in Alaska as well and if id leave her home it wouldnt be pretty
 
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