Whittling: One-Tool Carving

  • Tuesday, July 06, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Tuesday, July 06, 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO070621JI
  • 0


  • $117 + $10 materials fee
  • $90 + $10 materials fee

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Learn whittling — the art of using a single sharp knife to turn a piece of wood into a character rich with detail. The material and tool fit into a pocket or a purse, making this craft an ideal way to be creative during otherwise empty minutes, such time spent waiting for a ferry or between appointments.

In this class, you will learn how to mark a blank, safely whittle it to shape, and add the final details that bring your pieces to life. You will also learn how to keep your knife sharp and how to select good wood for whittling.


  • Open to ages 12 and older. This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience.
  • BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
  • You will build your carving skills much faster if you practice between sessions. If you want to work on your carvings during Open Studio times between classes, you must first take our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. See the Woodworking calendar for dates. (Use of the shop during these times is always free for members. Non-members can also use the shop without an additional charge for the duration of this class.)
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone is required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick. Overall BARN safety policies are here. Studio-specific safety policies are here.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required while in the studio.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
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 faces.

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

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