Adding highly carved elements to furniture and architecture during the 18th century was a way of showing predominance and stature as a growing nation both in the public and private sectors. The styles of carvers like Henry Hardcastle, James Reynolds, Hercules Courtenay, John Pollard, and Martin Jugiez, just to name a few, were at the top level of execution in comparison to their British counterparts. In this workshop Ray will showcase, thru presentations and demonstrations, the different regional styles and characteristics of 18th century carving from this period. Students will get plenty of opportunity to learn how to replicate those characteristic differences for themselves through several carving exercises and then applying what they have learned to samples of several furniture parts. Once broken down into little pieces by a systematic approach, even the most seemingly difficult carving projects begin to make sense. Students will also learn to get over the “Where do I begin?” hurdle when approaching a carving project. Ray will also cover which specialty tools are needed to give floral carvings that life-like appearance. Several motifs will be covered such as, shells, volutes, gadrooning, acanthus leaves, along with a few surprise challenges. Students will gain the confidence to start adding carvings to all of their woodworking projects. And, as with all carving classes, tool selection, sharpening and work station set up will be covered in detail.