Mary May is a European trained professional woodcarver in Charleston, South Carolina. She has trained with a variety of master carvers around the world and has focused on studying the traditional styles and techniques of classical woodcarving. Mary focuses mainly on carving antique furniture reproductions and traditional architectural decorations. She has written several articles for Popular Woodworking magazine and The Society of American Period Furniture Makers yearly journal and teaches workshops at a variety of locations throughout the United States and Europe. Mary has been a guest on “The Woodwright’s Shop” with Roy Underhill four times. She recently published her first book on Carving the Acanthus Leaf.

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