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Introduction to Carving L20

December, 12 - December, 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”13″ display=”basic_thumbnail”]The age-old art of woodcarving allows you to use small amounts of wood and a few simple tools to create anything from spoons to toys to ornate figuring. You can even use carving to embellish other projects. It’s a great skill and a lot of fun—it’s even portable!

In this two-day workshop, master carver Janet Bolyard will teach you all the basics of carving, including plenty of other tips and tricks for success from start to finish. You will practice the basics by making useful kitchen items, including a stirring spoon, blunted-end spoon, and spatula, and will learn relief carving by producing a traditional grapes-and-leaves illustration suitable for display.

You will learn:

  • Carving tools, use, and safety
  • Carving in the round
  • Shaping
  • Relief carving
  • Pattern design and transfer
  • Detail shaping techniques

Prerequisite: None. Open to all skill levels.

Tools required (not supplied by the school): 

  • Detail Knife
  • 3/12 Gouge
  • 4/20 Gouge
  • 5/16 Gouge
  • 5L/16 Bent Gouge
  • 11/2 V-tool

NOTE: Woodcraft will offer Southwest School of Woodworking students a 15% discount on this complete tool kit. Just ask!

Please bring eye protection and a safety mask.


Material: Supplied by school.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation Policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understand these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Meet Your Instructor

Janet has been carving since the fifth grade, when she turned a bar of soap into a poodle for a soap-carving contest. She soon transferred her skills to wood, and has never looked back. Now an accomplished carver in many different mediums, Janet is also an excellent teacher, happy to share her enthusiasm as well as her techniques, as she does in her book: Complete Guide to Soap Carving.


December 12, 2020@9:00 am
December 13, 2020@5:00 pm
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