Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Sgraffito: A Carving Breakthrough with Mark Arnold

Dates: 6/24/2017 - 6/25/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $300
Materials: $30
Deposit: $125

The technique of skillfully and systematically scratching, cutting, or carving through an overlayment or veneer to reveal the substrate to which it is applied is known as sgraffito. When carving and veneering are featured on the very same detail like those found on sgraffito-carved decorative arts, some very unique design possibilities are created. In this two day class students will explore a variety of tools and techniques that will allow them to do the unthinkable: carve veneer! Participants will begin by exploring some of the combinations of wood that will yield striking results when carved through. Choosing the right adhesive, planning the proper sequence of cuts, and fashioning shop-made veneers suitable for carving will all be covered. Mark will also discuss the different machine processes that can be used to enhance any project. The bulk of the weekend will be spent practicing some of the different gouge cuts and hand tools that will help create successful sgraffito masterpieces!

Key Points:

  • Low relief carving
  • Planing thin materials
  • Shop-made veneer
  • Carving tool use and sharpening
  • Transferring patterns
  • Gluing to a curved substrate

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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