Intro To Classical Carving
with Mary May
What better way to spend a week than to put a woodcarving gouge in your hand, create something beautiful- and have fun!
Mary May, a well-known professional woodcarver and instructor from South Carolina, will walk you through the carving process using a variety of classical relief carving projects.
Starting the week with a simple lesson on working with the grain, Mary will then show you the process of carving a classical scallop shell. Next, she will share how to carve a floral relief design with overlapping petals. The class will cap off the week with that wonderful and traditional acanthus leaf that is seen on so many period furniture pieces. Throughout the week Mary will also demonstrate a variety of tricks and techniques on how to efficiently use the gouges, how to make difficult carving cuts, how to sharpen tools to a razor-sharp edge, and how to make the carving appear deeper than it actually is.
Students will have the opportunity of working on projects of their own choosing along with projects that Mary has selected for their suitability in teaching the skills being demonstrated.
Some of the key learning points include:
- Different kinds of carving tools
- Selection of wood species
- Sequence of carving
- Important of grain direction
- How to evolve a carving from rough to finished
This is a perfect class for both beginners and experienced carvers. Beginning carvers can learn the basics from Mary, while experienced carvers will have a whole week to pick Mary’s brain, clarify the questions they may have been struggling with over the years and practice the skills she will be showing you. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basics and the advanced techniques under the guidance of one of our country’s best carvers and instructors.
Tools & Materials Needed:
- Chisels needed:
- 6mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 6mm; #7, 14mm (the School has several sets that can be used during the class, please call to reserve a set (no cost).
- This link shows the carving tools you’ll need – its retail site, so if you don’t have them you can buy them there. CHISELS.
- Mallet (the School has these but you may prefer your own)
- Fingerless gloves (bicycle or weightlifting gloves)
- Materials are provided by the School