Woodcarving 1: Relief Basics - Open to All

  • 01/02/2020
  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • CoWorking Area @180Studios
  • 6

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Learn the art of traditional wood carving. This class will be lead by woodcarver/sculptor Carleen Weirauch. In this Intro to Wood Carving - CLASS 1, students will learn the fundamental steps to carve a relief, classically inspired design. Carleen will demonstrate step-by-step, the basics of wood carving with full size hand tools and offer individual tips and instruction to each student as needed. By the end of the class students will have a hand carved panel that can be hung on a wall or incorporated into future projects here at 180 Studios. This class is a great introduction for woodworkers of all skill levels to incorporate this ancient skill set into their projects. Previous students are welcome to repeat this class.

Wood carving basic skills you will learn:

1) tool safety

2) tool identification and hand hold positions

3) securing your wood to a work surface to safely carve

4) transferring designs from paper onto wood

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

6) Introduction to basic carving strategies and techniques

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. 

A 30 minute lunch break will be offered midway.  You can either brown bag a lunch, use our kitchen, or have food delivered. 

Price: 

Member $80

Non-Member $100 


Companion Classes:

CLASS 1 is recommended for students interested in taking CLASS #2. The carving lessons for Class 2 will rotate (ie Lettering, Scrolls, Leaves etc.) See each class listing description for details.


Teacher Biography:

Carleen Weirauch apprenticed as a wood carver at Reed Bros. Furniture in Sebastopol in the `90s where she stayed on to carve furniture backs, headboards, chair rails etc. under the direction of Master carvers Duncan Reed, Jason Todd and Paul Hampton; all students of Alfred Durney. Alfred Durney was an apprentice of Charles Marshall Sayres, who led the Carmel, California School Of Woodcarving in the `20s that combined Spanish designs found in local monasteries with other European designs. 

Carleen’s current work is all deeply informed by her traditional wood carving background. She continues to carve custom wood signs and fabricates sculptural pieces out of a broad range of mediums for props, commercial displays and exhibits. 

Carleen simultaneously operates a small farm with her husband in Santa Rosa and is a volunteer here at 180 Studios. She is available on Wednesdays from 2-6 PM if you have any questions regarding this upcoming class. 

Email Carleen Weirauch at: carleen@180studios.org