These courses are suitable for beginners and carvers at all levels. You will be encouraged to learn the basic carving techniques if you are just starting, or some new skills if you already have some experience. To progress it is good to learn the basic language of sculpture - composition, form, volume, space and shape. There will be ample opportunities for you to develop in these areas.
The wood carving class
Animals, figures, abstract forms, plants and flowers have all been carved on these popular courses - which started just over ten years ago here at the old primary school in Walton. Our aim is to complete a wood carving, either in the round or in relief from a flat plank. Towards the end of each term there is a talk for all newcomers on how to sharpen their tools. We also look at the different makes and types of carving tools on the market and help you choose which ones you may need if you wish to continue carving at home. Class numbers are up to ten people. These classes have become popular with many people returning, so please book in advance.
The studio workshops
The fully equipped studios are former classrooms, with excellent light and space and have good facilities for wood carving within a safe working environment.
Chisels by Beth Fawcett
We have an extensive range of hand tools for your use. These include mallets, chisels, gouges and hand saws. The work benches have been designed to hold securely and safely almost any type of carving.
Materials & Inspiration
There is a good source of reference books and photos to inspire ideas. Clay and plasticine are provided for creating models for your wood carving. There is a good range of wood available - hard, soft and fine grains. Wood is priced separately and includes seasoned and unseasoned woods.
Tea, coffee or herbal drinks. Courses will include advice on sharpening tools and buying gouges. The tea break is a chance to relax and chat with other students and Charlie.