Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Flow: Creating Maximum Movement in Wood with Christopher White

Dates: 7/17/2017 - 7/21/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $775
Materials: $50
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

Every line, plane, and form on a sculpture gives a command to your eye. This class is designed to challenge a person's way of viewing woodcarving altogether. The emphasis is on sculpting wood into a series of lines, planes, and forms. Simple principles of movement are repeatedly applied and exercised as students turn a piece of wood or turned vessel into polished fluid forms. Once learned, these principles become tools that can be applied in furniture making, woodturning, woodcarving, or classic sculpting. Students will learn about using a cabinet maker's pattern rasp, designing a piece to shine, and finishing wood to a glass-like glowing finish. Participants will also learn how to bring out the full potential of a piece of wood by finding, simplifying, and refining the inherent lines, planes and forms found in the wood. Christopher will also discuss using the grain pattern for emphasis. Students will learn to remove wood and establish planes through the use of gouge and mallet or power carving with typhoon burrs on the end of a flex shaft power tool. Wood is provided for the first project where students will sculpt an abstract sculpture that can stand alone or be used as a base for an additional representational sculpture of a bird, fish, or other subject. Additional wood can be purchased directly from Christopher.

Key Points:

  • The principles of movement, balance, and design
  • Adding movement to classic shapes
  • The use of negative spaces in design
  • How to bring a plane through a negative space
  • Rotating a plane at a controlled rate
  • How to design a piece to receive a glass-like finish
  • How to recognize wood grain from the outside
  • The use of cabinetmaker's pattern rasp
  • The use of gouge and mallet (hand carving)
  • The use of typhoon burrs on flex shaft (power carving)

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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