Shallow Relief Carving

  • Tuesday, October 05, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Tuesday, October 05, 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO101921JI
  • 0


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

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Learn to carve shallow designs so they look like 3-D objects with far more depth — an essential skill if you want to carve a wall decoration, a sign by the front door, a plaque or other relief carving.

You will start with the basic shape cut out from basswood, allowing you to skip the tedious time needed to carve away the background. This frees more class time for developing  techniques for creating the embellishments that bring a relief carving to life.

You will be able to choose one or more designs from among those that the instructor will provide. If you've taken this class before, you will be able to carve something new this time. Your materials fee includes the cost of the basswood blanks.

  • Ages 12 and older are welcome. 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.

  • 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. BARN safety policies are here.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.

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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