Introductory and advanced techniques for both first-time and experienced carvers.
- REED HAYDEN —August 4–10
Materials: $89.25 for novice carvers; to be determined for advanced carvers based on project.
Professional boatbuilder and woodcarver Reed Hayden offers students a stimulating look at decorative woodcarving during this week. Whether you are a casual hobbyist or a devoted craftsman, this week promises each participant very satisfying results using basic carving tools and woodworking skills.
Reed will introduce a variety of carving and woodworking techniques including design and drawing, incised lettering, low and high relief carving, overlays, three-dimensional projects, router work, and gold leafing. All of these procedures will enable students to produce elaborate carvings as well as integrate them into marine and residential applications.
For those individuals new to carving, one of the first projects will be a motif sign. Coupled with this exercise will be a decorative carved shell. Both of these projects will help the student develop a “good eye” toward visualizing various shapes and forms. As one’s carving skill and experience develop, so does that “good eye.” Having brought the motif sign to a point where it is ready for paint, students will be encouraged to explore other techniques. These may be incorporated into a project of their own design. Reed will provide plenty of examples of his own work and others for reference. For the more experienced carvers, Reed will offer more ambitious projects that focus on three-dimensional carving. All students are encouraged to bring any of their own carving projects they may want to work on in the course.
If you’ve ever had the ambition to design and carve your own work, this week might be just the one you’ve been waiting for. Complete with design advice, tool and wood selection, carving instruction, and finishing techniques, Reed’s helpful course should provide immense satisfaction and inspiration.