Learn the basics of West Coast native carving – straight from a career master carver!

Create your own small plaque using authentic materials, and take home your work of art. Listen to traditional native music while you carve, and enjoy a bannock snack at break-time. Coffee included.

Class size is limited to 6 participants.

To view samples of Sanford’s work and philosophy go to: https://www.sanfordwilliams.com/


$150 per person

Fee includes:

  • 1 day instruction from Master Carver, Sanford Williams in a small class (max. 6)
  • 1 planed, sanded piece of wood (yellow cedar, 1 sq ft or smaller), designed and painted
  • 2 small rental carving knives (1 curved, 1 straight)
  • Carving manual


10:00 AM – Class begins. Learn about, and practice drawing West Coast animals and elements

11:00 AM – Learn about different styles of wood to carve on, and basic techniques to start

12:00 PM – Carving practice on scrap wood

1:00 PM – Break

1:30 PM – Carving instruction and practical work on ready-painted planks

4:30 PM – Class ends


Hope, BC – street address to be announced.


Travel to Hope in your own vehicle.


A notebook and pen or pencil for notes and sketching.

Bannock and coffee are provided but participants may wish to bring a light lunch as well. Styrofoam cups will be provided but you may wish to bring your own coffee mug.


This program is limited to those 19 years and older.
All participants must sign liability waiver forms in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read these forms because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

For Sale – After the Class

  • Participants may purchase carving knives from Sanford Williams for continued learning, $60/ea.
  • Participants may schedule individual instruction at two hours per sitting, for $50/hr.
  • Sanford Williams does not sell wood, paint, or decorative materials.


If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.


Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave them at home.


Register now online or reserve your spot by calling 604-869-1274, or by email at lklassen@hopemountain.org for more information.