Carving Afternoon (Free)

  • Sunday, May 28, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO052823JI

Gather with other woodcarvers to share tips, explore different techniques, and work on individual carving projects.

About this Class

More a weekly gathering than a formal class, Carving Afternoon is open to beginners as well as experienced woodcarvers.

Each session begins with basic safety and carving instruction, so beginners should plan to arrive promptly at 1 pm. Blanks for a simple carving project and all tools will be provided.

More experienced carvers should bring a project to work on as well as any personal carving tools, although BARN tools also are available. Once beginners are engaged in their projects, there will be time at each session to explore more complicated techniques, discuss carving traditions, learn about topics such as sharpening or wood selection, and get advice about the best way to proceed.


  • Free for members and guests. No registration is required.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes and safety glasses, tie back long hair, and avoid dangling jewelry or clothing.
  • Carving Afternoon overlaps with open studio, which lasts until 6 pm, so participants are welcome to continue carving beyond the time this event ends. Open studio is free to members, and $20 for guests. Open studio also has prerequisites (see below).


Work on your own project or one provided for beginners, which will be a simple basswood figure or design. The projects shown are all by BARN members who plan to participate in these sessions. Dan Webb carved the wooden balloon and the hand. Jeff Iller made the spoons. Bill Clapp carved the halibut bowl.


All materials and tools are provided at no cost for the instructor-led project. Participants must bring materials for their independent projects.


None. However, if you want to use power tools to prepare your own carving blanks or do any other work in the shop, you need to qualify for open studio use:
  • You must take Orientation to the Woodshop. Plus you must take Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 if you want to use the table saw, jointer, planer, miter saw or drill press and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 if you want to use the bandsaw, stationary sanders, router or router table, and scroll saw.

Class Policies


Jeff Iller will lead the instruction for beginners at the start of each session. A third-generation woodworker, Iller was winning ribbons with his wood carvings by the time he was in high school. Around 1996, he found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. Carving 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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