Need Some Relief: Add Interest & Life to Your Work with Powercarving with Dixie Biggs (Tues to Sat) April 19 - 23, 2022

about this workshop

Explore the embellishment techniques of power relief carving and woodburning that can be used by woodturners, furniture makers or other wood artists to expand the visual impact of their work. Students will learn techniques for relief carving using a micro-motor rotary power carver; the use of woodburners for adding texture and detail; and incorporating color into their work with acrylic paints through dry-brush technique. This class is focused on off-the-lathe and off-machinery techniques, so while the ability to use a lathe or other woodworking machines is a plus, it is not required. Dixie will walk students, step-by-step, through her relief-carving techniques from layout, to bit selection, to finishing detail on sample discs and sample blocks that will be provided. The beginning exercises will help in the process of developing skills that quickly become advanced, so bring projects that are dry and ready to carve. No previous powercarving or painting experience is needed; just show up with a desire to discover and explore the techniques.

Unique Instructor Dixie Biggs

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$895 tuition + $50 materials

Key Points:
*Taking the mystery out of power relief carving
*Having fun exploring several new approaches to relief carving
*Developing tool control
*Modifying carving burrs
*Experiment with textures created with a variety of burrs
*Tips and tricks for sanding
*Incorporating newfound skills into your own work

Workshop Days: Tuesday to Saturday
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.



Need Some Relief: Add Interest & Life to Your Work with Powercarving with Dixie Biggs (Tues to Sat) April 19 - 23, 2022


Availability: Open

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