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Intro To Carving | Mary May

Sep 25, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023 | 9:00 - 4:00 $895.00
carving oak leaves
Mary May
Woodcarving has been my joy and passion since 1991. I never tire of discovering new shapes in wood, and I love the challenges that come along every day.
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Intro To Carving with Mary May

No 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 wood grain, Mary will 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 a traditional acanthus leaf typically seen on period furniture pieces. 

Throughout the week, Mary will also demonstrate various techniques on how to efficiently use carving gouges, make difficult carving cuts, sharpen tools to a razor-sharp edge, and make the carving appear deeper than it actually is. Students will have the opportunity to work on their own projects and projects that Mary has selected to teach the necessary carving techniques.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Different types of carving tools
  • Selection of wood species
  • Sequence of carving
  • Important of grain direction
  • Evolve a carving from rough to finished

Under the guidance of one of our country’s best carvers and instructors, this class is perfect for both beginners and experienced carvers. Beginners can learn the basics from Mary, while more experienced carvers will have a whole week to pick Mary’s brain, clarify questions, and grow skills.

Class Time

Workshop Days:     Monday to Friday
Instruction Time:    9:00am – 4:00pm
School Opens:.      8:30am – 4:30pm

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Tuition & Materials:

Materials Fee:
One-time registration fee

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Sep 25, 2023 @ 9:00 am
Sep 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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