Intro to Woodcarving - Open to all

  • 07/27/2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 07/28/2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • WoodShop at 180 Studios
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Learn the art of traditional relief woodcarving. In this two day Intro to Woodcarving class students will learn the fundamental steps to carve two relief, botanical inspired classic designs and be introduced into the basics of incised lettering. 

This class will be taught by Duncan Reed, owner and designer at Reed Bros., a furniture studio specializing in hand carved custom pieces and Carleen Weirauch a woodcarver and sculptor who started her career as an apprentice at Reed Bros over two decades ago. 


Duncan and Carleen will walk students through two classic carving motifs. By the end of the class students will have two hand carved pieces that can be wall hung or incorporated into future projects here at 180 Studios.

This class is a great introduction for woodworkers of all skill levels to incorporate this traditional craft into their maker projects. 

Intro to woodcarving basic skills you will learn:

1) tool maintenance and safety

2) clamping wood

3) transferring designs onto wood

4) removing backgrounds

5) carving safely with a v-chisel (parting tool) and curved gouges. In this class we will be carving with full size 8”-11” long hand carving tools. 

* Tools will be provided by 180 Studios  for the class but if you have some of your own full size carving tools feel free to bring them with you. 

* This class is recommended for students interested in taking the 5-week woodcarving series in late summer. Details on this in-depth 5 week series with special guest master carvers coming soon! 


Duncan Reed owns and operates Reed Bros. a custom furniture and accessories studio in Sebastopol specializing in Jacobean inspired hand woodcarving. Duncan has been carving and creating his one-of-a-kind designs since 1975. Duncan was taught woodcarving under Alfred Durney, an apprentice of Charles Marshall Sayres, who led the Carmel, Calif., ''school'' of woodcarving in the `20s that combined Spanish designs found in local monasteries with other European designs. Extensive travel visiting with woodcarvers in Bali, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Ecuador, Africa, and Germany has broadened his carving style. 


Carleen Weirauch apprenticed as a woodcarver at Reed Bros. in the 90s where she carved chair backs, headboards, chaise rails and signs under the direction of master carvers Duncan Reed, Jason Todd and Paul Hampton all students of Alfred Durney. Carleen went on to carve large sculptural pieces out of a broad range of mediums for sets, displays and exhibits all deeply informed by her traditional woodcarving background. Today Carleen designs and carves custom signs and sculptural pieces for clients while simultaneously operating a small farm and creamery with her husband in Santa Rosa. Carleen is a volunteer at 180 Studios and is available on Wednesdays from 2-6 PM if you have any questions regarding this upcoming class. 

Once you graduate from this class you will be able to take the next wood carving series in August.