During this course, you will be taken through the process of carving one of England's most iconic symbols, a rose. You will carve in lime, a wood favoured by the master carver of the 18th century, Grinling Gibbons. The subtle qualities of lime wood bring sculpture to the fore without having to wrestle with a troublesome grain and gives the opportunity for creating the illusion of soft petals.
As you work, you will be taught to use woodcarving chisels safely, both with the mallet and by hand. You will carve a pre-cut piece of lime wood provided, to speed up the process and allow you to get started quickly with the wood carving tools and the creation of form.
By the end of the day you will have carved a finished rose, this can be simply clear-sealed on the day and waxed at your leisure or, if you wish to take it further, your tutor will advise you on the best approach of using pigments and paints.
Having completed the course, you will be able to plan and design further shallow relief carving projects and be in the perfect position to develop your new found skills further.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Alex Jones learnt his craft at City & Guilds Art College and in a traditional studio before concentrating commissions. His work can be seen at Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall. He has many pieces in private collections worldwide and has appeared on the BBC's Spring Watch and as a featured artist on the TV programme "Flog it!"