Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge
Make the wood chips fly! This course is for students ready to stand at the chopping block and to learn to use classic wooden bowl-carving hand tools—the adze, axe, gouge and push knife. Topics to be explored include selection of wood stock, elements of bowl design, strategies for hand-hewing, use of sharpening skills, and techniques for finishing. Students start with a birch log and end with a spectacular bowl (or two!) with graceful lines and smooth surfaces. The shape and style of the bowl connects directly to how the tools themselves function—the classic hand-crafted lines echo the Scandinavian bowl-carving tradition that reaches back hundreds of years.
During the shaping of the bowl, students learn to use appropriate tools and holding devices such as wedges and blocking. Both a chopping block and a bowl-carving bench will be utilized. A variety of tools, books on traditional bowl carving, and other resource materials are provided for students to use during the workshop. Techniques for managing the drying of a greenwood bowl will also be covered. As time allows, students may experiment with a second bowl style, if desired.
North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. Students will be asked to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- soft leaded pencil
- eye protection (available for purchase @ North House School Store)
- gloves (leather or carving for those with tender hands. Carving gloves are available for purchase @ NH)
- sharp carving hatchet
- 1" or larger gouges
- wood carver's gouge adze
- 8L/35 bent gouge
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.