“I would like to carve my novel in a piece of wood.” Georges Simenon

Carving gouges and other tools on a dedicated carving bench.

On October 6th and 7th I will have the pleasure of teaching a woodcarving workshop at the Old Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, Pennsylvania. This workshop will provide instruction in the fundamentals of woodcarving that can be applied to many historic styles. It is designed to build confidence in drawing and designing for woodcarving and provide instruction in the techniques of relief and applique’ carving that form the basis of the carved ornamentation of furniture and architectural forms.

Restored frieze applique at Mount Pleasant, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Those new to woodcarving will be introduced to the selection, sharpening, maintenance and use of carving tools, traditional methods of holding the work to be carved and the basics of designing and executing shells, scrolls, and foliage.

Front rail of a side chair with applied shell. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania c. 1755.

More advanced participants will have the opportunity to assess their skill level, increase their ability to execute more complex designs, observe hands-on demonstrations of carving techniques, and discuss construction details and carving techniques of the leading carvers of eighteenth century Philadelphia.

Reproduction cartouche and finials for a case housing a movement by Burrows Dowdney, Philadelphia, c. 1770. On loan to the Department of State, Washington, D.C., Dietrich American Foundation

This is an opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced woodworkers to expand your carving techniques through two days of concentrated study and work alongside a conservator of furniture and woodwork who has worked for dealers, private collectors, and major museums for over thirty years.

Side chair, carving attributed to Martin Jugiez, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1770.
Dietrich American Foundation

5 thoughts on ““I would like to carve my novel in a piece of wood.” Georges Simenon

  1. Kari, sorry you found out too late and weren’t able to make it, it would have been nice to see you there. Everyone seemed to have a good time and hopefully learned a bit. Olde Mill doesn’t do much outside advertising and I only announced it once here. I do look for other opportunities to teach or demonstrate. I’ll let you know what comes up.
    As you see from the blog I filled in for you at Mount Pleasant!

  2. That would have been a lot of fun to demo at Mt. Pleasant. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out with my schedule, but I think they got the better deal with you as the demonstrator. 😉

    I’ll look forward to the day when I can take a class from you. All the best, Kari

  3. I need to to thank you for this good read!
    ! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you post…

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