After choosing one animal you would like to make from the list of tiger, camel, kangaroo, zebra, giraffe, baby elephant and dog, you will begin carving in limewood. A kit of parts will be supplied to carve your first animal. Once the course is underway you will be shown how to make templates and the safe use of a jewellers saw and a motorised scroll saw for cutting out the wood for their next project which can be started once the first one is completed. You may work from the tutor’s templates or make your own from photos or images you have brought with you. The College computer suite may be used as a resource gathering images, if necessary.
The main carving technique taught for working on your animals will be carried out using rotary cutters and sanders. The finished carvings can be left as natural wood or painted with acrylic paint supplied. Alternatively you may prefer to paint your carvings at home allowing more carving time on the weekend.
The first evening will be spent explaining the process of making the animals and on instruction of the safe and effective use of rotary cutters and the health and safety considerations of their use. Once a small practice piece has been worked on, then you will begin to work on your chosen project. In the evenings you will be able to work unsupervised on their animal.
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.
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.
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)
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.