The 2022 "AAW Presents" virtual series is generously supported by Robust.


Live Online Event

AAW Presents: Rebecca DeGroot
Walking Mushrooms

Saturday, December 17, 2022
3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


In this demonstration, Rebecca will walk you through the process of creating her signature walking mushrooms! Not a mushroom lover? The skills and techniques taught in this demonstration can be used to bring personality to all sorts of projects!

She will begin by turning a simple mushroom cap, prepared for pyrography texture, followed by turning a body ready to be carved. Each mushroom has at least three turned legs, which are cut apart, and using spline joinery, reassembled into new forms. Once the lathe work is finished, Rebecca will show you how she carves the body to create a curved neck, use a woodburner to create texture underneath the cap, drill and countersink holes in the body for the legs. Finally, after all the individual pieces have been carved, shaped, burned, and sanded, Rebecca shows you the assembly process and presents the finished piece!

You'll learn:

  • Use pyrography for texture and contrast
  • Spline joinery techniques  
  • Design decision-making


  • $10 AAW members, $15 all others.
  • Preregistration required. Replay will be available to registered attendees only.

Registration Notes

  • All experience levels are welcome.
  • The presentation is expected to last approximately 120 minutes.
  • Registration is extended through through Saturday, December 17, at 10am Eastern Time.

Confirmation/Receipt and Event Link

  • After registering, you will receive a receipt/confirmation by email.
  • A link to the event will be sent by email approximately 24-hours prior to the event. Day-of registration links will be sent immediately prior to the event.


  • Advance registration includes online replay of the event. The replay will be available to registered attendees through  January 17. Registered attendees will be provided a link via email when the replay is available for viewing. 

About Rebecca DeGroot

Professional educator Rebecca DeGroot has been turning since she was tall enough to reach the lathe. After graduating in 2014 with two bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Sculpture and Functional Art, Rebecca has spent the past eight years balancing her career as an art educator with her passion for woodturning.

Rebecca finds her inspiration in various living things and objects that she interacts with regularly. She’s never far from sketching strange creatures or making lists of ideas she is longing to try. Her days of teaching Art 1, Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewelry, and AP 3D Studio Art are fulfilling and the passion she shares with her students is the same fuel that keeps her in her shop late into the evenings letting her imagination run wild. See her work on her Instagram @rebecca_degroot or her Etsy shop.