Wood, carving and turning

Woodcarving for beginners with Alex Jones

Ref: SWE09032

Beginners

£266.00
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About this course

After learning about timber and the use of hand tools, practise carving exercises to develop your hand skills before you embark on a relief-carving project based on natural forms.

Course Description

The course aims to provide a starting point to develop enthusiasm for the techniques and skills needed for woodcarving.

During the first evening we will look at choice of timber that is appropriate to specific needs; which wood should be used for a particular job; considering its durability, texture; seasoning and drying: buying ready prepared; collecting, preparing and seasoning your own; and the essential tools and sharpening equipment, the use and care of them.

The tutor aims to encourage and direct you to use your talents effectively and, as in his own work, to develop closeness with the subject and working process using simple tools and the natural qualities of wood: understanding its limitations, pushing to the limits and testing skills.

In order to develop your skills and confidence the tutor presents a small-scale simple carving exercise which involves 'recreating' in wood a small natural form, leaf, snail shell, flower. He will guide you to find or create your own design for a relief carving - in the most economical way, both in terms of labour, planning and materials. The tutor will give technical information and practical instruction, alongside guidance to allow you to develop your own approach to the subject.

This carving process will entail:

• Initial removal of excess wood (roughing out) and gaining confidence in the use of the gouge.

• Developing the form using gouge and flat chisel.

• Detailing the work with the use of various small gouges and the use of punches to create texture and surface detail.

• Surface treatment, sealing, oiling, polishing, considering appropriate finish for various surfaces.

You can expect to complete a piece of work in the time available, and to leave with an understanding on how to approach your next project.

Please note that carving is a physical process and requires standing for much of the time.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • A piece of lime wood supplied for your carving is included in the course fee.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring source material, drawings or photographs, of a natural object you would like to carve.
  • Carving tools are available for use, but bring any carving tools you have and may wish to use (please mark any tools you bring with your name).

Available to buy

  • Additional lime wood
  • Pencils
  • Paper and tracing paper

Tutors

Alex Jones

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!"

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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