Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Trompe L'oeil: Sculpting and Shaping to Trick the Eye with Stephen Proctor

Dates: 9/26 - 9/30

Cost: $775
Materials: $150
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

Stephen was one of the first people to do contemporary trompe l’oeil, which means to trick the eye. In this class all students will work from a maquette at their own bench to learn the relevance of source material when carving. Students will study, construct, and then carve a small table that has the appearance of being covered with a tablecloth. All pieces will be made from mahogany to help eliminate the distraction of grain pattern and to facilitate the carving process. Observation of detail and minimization will be shown, which is the key to a successful trompe l’oeil piece. Carving techniques will include traditional gouges, disc grinders, surforms, and rasps. Students will be able to design their own legs to fit their tabletop.

Key Points:

  • Setting up the model to carve
  • Gluing
  • Roughing out the block, which tools work best
  • Sanding and shaping
  • Creating wood to look like fabric

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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