Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Scandinavian Style Figure Carving with Harley Refsal

Dates: 8/9 - 8/10
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $275
Materials: $20
Deposit: $125

Harley will start the weekend off with a brief opening description of the historical and cultural background of the so-called 'flat plane' style of figure carving in Scandinavia, instruction will focus on safe and effective carving techniques. Using only a fixed-blade carving (whittling) knife, students will begin to carve a figure of their choice---simple, to more challenging, based on prior figure carving experience. Students will proceed at a pace with which they feel comfortable (some may complete one figure during the course, others may complete a second figure as well). Harley will continue to circulate throughout the class during the entire course, offering encouragement and, if needed, suggestions. He will also demo and discuss items including knife sharpening and stropping; choice of wood for figure carving; design sources and considerations; sawing out your own cut outs and finishing techniques.

Key Points:

Introductory presentation of Scandinavian-style figure carving
Holding whittling knife for maximum safety and efficiency
Sharpening and stropping
How to work with grain
Gross anatomy first: rough shaping the figure
Carving details...especially human faces
Designing your next carving project(s)
Finishing techniques

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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