This is the perfect time to work on your craft! And you can do it from the comfort of your home, in your pyjamas!
Learn along with other woodworkers as you participate in this live video conference class taught by Mary May and chat with your classmates from around the nation and world in real-time.
There is a lot of interaction, and you’ll get to watch and engage with Mary as she leads you through the process and techniques of carving these lovely oak leaves from her workshop in Charleston, SC. Its as close as you can get to sitting at her carving bench with her:)
The class is split into manageable sections of approximately two hours online followed by work periods where you will work in your own workshop.
Mary will walk you through the step-by-step process of :
You will get handouts, links, and if you need it basswood for carving. We’ve also provided a link below for tool purchase if you need them.
The class is beginner level but to get more out of it we recommend you view the Free beginner lessons (1-6) on Mary May’s School of Traditional Woodcarving. These Free lessons will help get you started with the basics – safety, tool sharpening, carving fundamentals, and lessons on carving in the correct grain direction.
You’ll also be invited to join our private Facebook group where you can chat, post questions and get advice outside of class hours. Come and join the quarentine team!
Finally, will we record each day, so that you can refer back to it as you work through your assigned tasks and homework.
Class Schedule & Times
The class is broken up into sections over several days. Plan on attending all of them, just like you would in real-time.
April 25th, Saturday
April 27th, Monday
April 29th, Wednesday
May 1st, Friday
Tools & Materials Needed:
The ideal way of holding your wood to keep clamps away from your carving, is to use bench dogs if you have a woodworking bench. But don’t worry if you don’t have this, as you can work on any level surface (even a kitchen table) with the following method. You can attach your basswood carving blank to a temporary backer board (a few inches larger than the basswood blank). The carving blank should be attached with double-sided tape or glue and newspaper method (these processes are explained in the beginner videos on Mary’s school). You can then hold the backer board with clamps, and the clamps are away from your carving.