Wood, carving and turning

Woodcarving with Peter Clothier

Ref: S1D08871


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About this course

Discover the essentials of woodcarving as you carve a simple relief of a fish, fruit or other object in limewood.

Course Description

After selecting from a choice of suitable small carving subjects offered by the tutor you will carve a pre-shaped blank of lime wood. Safe use of woodcarving chisels and other equipment is explained and demonstrated before you begin carving. After demonstrating carving techniques, you will benefit from one-to-one guidance as your work progresses through the day. You will learn about woodcarving chisels, methods of holding work while carving and a little about sharpening tools. Finishing techniques such as sanding and then polishing the finished carving will be discussed as you complete your piece.

By the end of the day you will have shaped your work with gouges, smoothed it with chisel and finally, if you choose to, given final sanding to reveal the grain of the wood


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Materials and tools will be supplied for the course including a piece of lime wood.

What students need to bring

  • Sturdy covered footwear - essential
  • An apron


Peter Clothier

Peter Clothier trained initially as a woodcarver and later as an antique furniture restorer at West Dean College. Later still he spent three years studying Sculpture at City and Guilds Art School. Peter tutors woodcarving and wood sculpture at West Dean College beside being a freelance carver and restorer. He has contributed articles for Woodcarving Magazine and his book Sculpting in Wood is published by A and C Black.

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