Here are some typical projects that provide an excellent foundation for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced carver. You can also design your own syllabus—just be sure to let us know ahead of time.
The Acanthus Leaf: This ancient Greek motif can be seen decorating furniture and architecture throughout history. The ability to understand this motif is essential for restoration work or when adding ornamentation to new furniture. The movement and flow seen in the acanthus leaf is at the core of all good carving.
Moulding: Egg-and-dart, acanthus, and ribbon mouldings are used extensively to decorate architecture and furniture.
Linenfold Panel: Linenfold panel carving was popular during the Middle Ages and is back in demand for enriching doors and panels.
Cabriole Leg: The ball-and-claw leg became fashionable in the mid-1700s. Used by Thomas Chippendale and his contemporaries, the style is again popular and is a useful skill in any carver’s repertoire.
Lettering: A well-formed letter is one of the most rewarding projects in classical woodcarving. It is a great benefit to sign makers as well as to students with no previous experience.
Carving in the Round: Three-dimensional sculpture is an extremely fulfilling occupation and one for which there is always a demand. Either structured or free-form sculpture can be explored.
Design Your Own Course: Whether you wish to combine elements from the various one-week courses or have specific needs outside the above courses, we can work with you to develop an individual plan of study. Please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements.