Learn the fundamentals of carving a sculpture from wood as you shape a piece of walnut into a candlestick.
About this Class
Both beginners and experienced carvers who want to make sculptures can benefit from this class, which covers all the basic steps in creating a three-dimensional wood carving.
After exploring some of the many candlestick designs made by carvers from around the world, you will work with the instructor to choose a design that is simple enough to complete or nearly complete in this five-session class. If you want, you can work on your piece between class sessions during the carving afternoons scheduled for 1-3 pm Sundays, and at other open studios listed on the Woodworking Calendar.
Once you have a design, you will cut and glue up the size block you need. Then you will transfer your sketch to the wood and rough-cut the shape on a bandsaw. You will use a variety of hand carving tools to create a progressively more refined shape. You also will learn how to sharpen the tools, an essential aspect of wood-carving.
- All tools will be provided, although you are also welcome to bring your own carving tools.
- Wear close-toe shoes. When you are working with the bandsaw, you also will need to wear safety glasses, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
A $68 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers a piece of black walnut approximately 1 1/2 inches thick, 10 inches wide and 3 feet long.
This class is open to students who have taken Orientation to the Woodshop
and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and 2
. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar