Carving in the Style of Grinling Gibbons: Foliage Carving with Alexander Grabovetskiy September 19 - 23, 2022

about this workshop

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.

Unique Instructor Alexander Grabovetskiy

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$895 tuition + $30 materials

Key Points:
*How to carve in the Grinling Gibbons style
*How to properly use wood carving tools for efficiency
*How to work with wood grain issues
*How to sharpen wood carving tools fast and efficient
*Tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your carvings

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Carving in the Style of Grinling Gibbons: Foliage Carving with Alexander Grabovetskiy September 19 - 23, 2022


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