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Woodcarving 2: Borders and Lettering

  • 11/17/2019
  • 10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
  • CoWorking Area @180Studios
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Woodcarving 2: Borders and Lettering

 Learn the art of traditional wood carving. In this one day class, students will learn the fundamental steps to carve simple, practical borders and lettering (incised and relief) using full size, hand carving tools. Instruction by woodcarver/sculptor Carleen Weirauch.

Students will learn to select and carve several types of borders that can be used to embellish furniture, door panels, molding etc. as well as practical incised and relief lettering techniques. 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 offers woodworkers of all skill levels, techniques to embellish and personalize their projects with this ancient craft. It is recommended that students first take Class #1, Relief Basics or already have some carving experience before taking this class.

Wood carving basic skills you will learn:

  1. Identifying suitable borders and lettering styles for your project and wood type.
  2. Transferring border and lettering designs onto wood.
  3. Basic carving strategies and techniques for borders and lettering.
  • Tools will be provided by 180 Studios for the class but if you have some of your own intermediate or full size carving tools feel free to bring them with you. 
  • CLASS #1 is a recommended prerequisite for students interested in taking CLASS #2, as well as the Master Carving Series in the new year, featuring several Master Carvers over a number of weeks.

A 30 minute lunch break will happen midway.  You can either brown bag a lunch and use our kitchen.  Or have food delivered. 


Member $80

Non-Member $100 

Companion Classes:

  • Wood Carving Masters Series offered later in the new year featuring special guest Master Carvers over a number of weeks.
  • Tool & Knife Sharpening Class 9/24
  • Tool Roll Class 10/03
  • Hand Tooled Furniture Series 11/2, 11/3, 11/10, 11/11
  • Carleen's WoodCarving  1 Relief Basics

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, displays and exhibits. She has also maintained her relationship with Reed Bros. Furniture, primarily as a designer of custom carving patterns. Carleen simultaneously operates a small farm with her husband in Santa Rosa and is a volunteer here at 180 Studios. 

Carleen is available on Wednesdays from 2-6 PM if you have any questions regarding this upcoming class. 

You can also email her at: carleen@180studios.org


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Santa Rosa CA 95407


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