Beginning Carving

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2020
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
  • 3 sessions
  • Tuesday, September 08, 2020, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO090820JI
  • 4


  • $146 + $10 materials fee
  • $113 + $10 materials fee

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Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during the second and third sessions.

This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.

The instructor will use a close-up camera and projector while demonstrating techniques so you will be able to see details without needing to be closer than social distancing rules require. You will also be able to use the camera to show the instructor closeups of your work so he can give detailed advice.


  • Open to ages 12 and older. No prior experience is needed.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
  • BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
  • Closed-toe shoes and a face mask are required. More safety details can be found here.

Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.

Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.

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