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Basic Relief Carving

Course Overview

We will welcome esteemed woodcarver and instructor Mary May as our Featured Instructor for Wood Week 2022. In this course, Mary will teach a variety of relief carving techniques, beginning with basic shell and floral motifs. She will discuss how to work with the grain and address issues that arise when the grain fails to cooperate with the maker’s intent. Tool holds and technique, sharpening, and project planning will all be discussed at length. Mary is well-known for her approachable style and her ability to make complex traditional relief carving accessible to carvers at all levels. She is a prolific online wood carving instructor; don’t miss a chance to work with her in person on her first trip to North House!

Required Tools:

  • Basic carving set of long-handled fishtail gougesThis set from is recommended: 

Optional Tools

  • Mallet

Course Details

Currently Scheduled Sessions