Carving in the Style of Grinling Gibbons: Foliage Carving with Alexander Grabovetskiy September 19-23, 2022
In 1693, Grinling Gibbons, was given the title “Master Carver” and was commissioned from the royal family as “King’s Carver.” His exquisite work is prominent in St Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle and the Earl of Essex’s house at Cassiobury. It is said that Gibbons is the greatest carver of all time. In this class, with simple tools, students will have a chance to create some of the Gibbons foliage styles. This type of carving can be applied to fine furniture, cabinets, a door frieze or used as a decorative wall hanging.
Alexander will demonstrate ways to execute cuts, both with the grain and against the grain, that will create a living depth to the image. He will also discuss laying out the image, sharpening carving tools, and discuss ways to finish your final work.