Introduction to Carving w/ Mary May

Mary May Camellia Flower

Professional woodcarver, Mary May, will teach the basics of woodcarving using traditional techniques that have been used for centuries. She will teach the process of getting the gouges razor sharp, how to safely hold the gouges, and how to work with difficult grain issues. Mary will show the step-by-step process of carving a camellia flower in shallow relief. She will walk you through the technique of how to lower down the background, how to give the appearance of overlapping leaves and petals, and how to shape the flower. All materials provided.

Also available on Oct. 9th.

Student Carving Project: Camellia Flower in Basswood

Required Tools and Supplies:

  • Design & Layout Supplies:
    • Pencil
    • Carbon paper (some extras will be on hand)
    • calipers or dividers
    • 12” ruler
  • Carving Tools (full sized preferred, palm sets not recommended, Fishtail gouges are preferred when available.  Bring your other carving tools as well.)
    • Wooden or metal mallet (about 1 to 1.5 lb.)
    • #12, 5mm v-chisel (60 degree angle)
    • #3, 6mm
    • #3, 14mm
    • #7, 10mm
    • #7, 14mm
  • Sharpening Tools:
    • Sharpening stones – any very smooth stones you have – Hard Arkansas, ceramic, Japanese water stones, diamond stones (1200 to 8000 grit)
    • Oil or water for lubricating stones
    • Slip stones (small shaped stones that fit inside curved gouges)
    • Leather strops

(NOTE: We will have some extras for student use)

October 10th

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Mary May

The Woodworkers Club

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