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Tools & Techniques: Traditional Relief Carving in Wood

at Deborah Mills Woodcarving - Long Island City

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Long Island City, Queens
43-32 22nd St Studio 204-1
Btwn 43rd & 44th Avenues
Long Island City, New York 11101
Price includes wood blanks, and access to carving and design tools.
No class: Dec 24 & 31
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 4
Teacher: Deborah Mills

What you'll learn in this furniture class:

Designed for novice to intermediate students, this class focuses on the tools and techniques of relief woodcarving using chisels, gouges and mallet.

Beginners will get a good foundation in traditional woodcarving and intermediate students will be able to build on their skills.

Through demonstrations, exercises and individual hands-on instruction students will learn:
  • the various uses of woodcarving tools
  • how to sharpen chisels and gouges by hand
  • the proper use and control of tools for incising, setting in, grounding and surface modeling
  • the properties of different woods for carving
  • some basic finishing options
Are materials provided and included in cost of the class? Yes, project design, materials and a basic set of tools (for classroom use only) will be provided, though intermediate students are welcome to use their own tools or contact Coursehorse in advance to discuss bringing their own design.

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If a given class doesn't reach the enrollment goal, the class may be canceled up to 48 hours before it is scheduled to begin, and students will be issued full refunds. If you cancel a class by two weeks in advance of the first class, you will receive a full refund, minus a $35 processing fee; if you cancel before the second session of the class, you will receive a 50% refund, minus $35 processing fee. No refunds are granted after the second session of class.


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Reviews of Classes at Deborah Mills Woodcarving (7)

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Tools & Techniques: Traditional Relief Carving in Wood
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/2/2017
This is a really wonderful class with good basic technique and learning of tools for beginners. Debbie has some solid technical expertise and provides attention to the student while giving them the freedom to explore their artistic interests. Highly recommend this course, especially if you are interested in working with your hands, and learning from someone who has apprenticed with a Swedish wood carving master. Make sure to take the time to work outside of the studio hours if you can to make the most of the course, Debbie has a lot to offer, so try to make the most of it.
Tools & Techniques: Traditional Relief Carving in Wood
Reviewed by Joey D. on 7/10/2019
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School: Deborah Mills Woodcarving

Deborah Mills Woodcarving

I've been carving wood professionally since 1991. I studied wood sculpture with Lorrie Goulet at the Art Students League of New York and, while living in Norway, trained with master woodcarver Erik Fridstrøm at the Viking Ships Museum in Oslo.  In 1991 Mr. Fridstrøm hired me to assist him in...

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