2022

Fundamentals of Traditional Carving with Alexander Grabovetskiy May 2 - 6, 2022

about this workshop

This class is designed to be an introduction to basic carving skills and would be perfect for any furniture maker who wants to take his or her work to the next level. Alexander will introduce the students to the design process and ways to embellish their furniture as well as give it character. He will start by sharing his sharpening techniques which he calls “sharpening on steroids.” This is a production style of sharpening that is fast and precise, which he uses every day that he carves. Demonstrations will also include how to use carving gouges the old fashioned way – by hand. This class will cover tool selection, how to work with grain issues in the wood, planning the cut, ways to carve safely, how to clamp the wood without damaging the carving, and subtle tips and tricks in getting the best use out of your gouges. Students will start with carving a basic relief of a floral decoration, then move on to a more advanced relief carving of a classical acanthus leaf design, and finally will move on to carve a classic shell design in relief. Alexander will explain how to think through a carving project in order to make the carving process the most efficient. He will also demonstrate how to carve the linen-fold design, how to carve grapes or beads, and how to carve lettering.

Unique Instructor Alexander Grabovetskiy

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$895 tuition + $30 materials

Key Points:
*Sharpening gouges
*How to properly hold gouges for safety and efficiency
*How to lower down background for relief carving
*How to work with wood grain issues
*How to carve a basic floral decoration
*How to carve a more advanced classical acanthus leaf decoration
*How to carve a classical scallop shell carving
*Tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your gouges
*Demonstrations on linen-fold design, grapes and letter carving

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.

 

 

Fundamentals of Traditional Carving with Alexander Grabovetskiy May 2 - 6, 2022

$925.00

Availability: Open

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