Cara O’Connell, Instructor

Cara has been whittling and working with wood for many years, having developed an carainterest in wood working when she was a child. She fondly remembers a “jolly old carpenter named Bobby Carpenter who wore overalls and played the fiddle” as her earliest influence.

Cara was the first woman to become a certified Journeyman Carpenter in Northern Virginia in the 1980’s. She started whittling spoons, animal shapes and canes while in Pennsylvania working with an Amish crew renovating an old farmhouse. After taking a class with Barron at the Piedmont Earth Skills Gathering at Shakori Hills last spring, she picked it back up and has turned her attention to Swedish carving techniques, learning from Peter Folnsbee. See samples of her work @Carabnr on Instagram.

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