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Carving & sculpture workshops


Duration: One day

Price: £180

Run by: Gareth
at Carved Wood Design

Nether Carr Farm
Neighbourway
Kettleshulme
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK23 7RG

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About the Course

Learn how to carve in a single day with one-to-one tuition.

A one day course specifically aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge. Learn how to carve a relief in wood or stone in a single day, (the very foundation of all sculpture in the round) with highly personal one to one tuition in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park. One to one tuition is by far the best and quickest way to learn a new skill, without the usual distractions of a group situation.

Sculpture and carving have been a constant source of wonder and fascination for thousands of years and are especially relevant as a design statement in the 21st century, with its feeble, impersonal and sanitized design paralysis. Carvings are like a magnet, and in any design, they always become the focal point to which people gravitate.

Perhaps the enchanting and magical nature of carving has something to do with the mystery of the process, and that only certain gifted artists posses this great esoteric knowledge. Fortunately this is not the case, and a complete beginner with no prior knowledge can understand and master the basics of relief carving in one single day session. The key is one-to-one tuition offered personally by Gareth.

Tuition includes:
- How to use and sharpen carving gouges
- Principles of drawing and the creation of movement
- How to carve the shape of the subject with various gouges
- The principle of emphasis to create life and drama
- How to carve without breakage
- Undercutting to create shadow lines and the illusion of depth
- Working up the background for greater clarity of the subject
- Appreciation and study of the difference between carving wood and stone

At the end of one day the client will have completed, and will be able to take home a relief carving of a couple of oversized ivy leaves carved in oak, sycamore or lime, along with photos for social media and bragging rights for friends.

The participant will also be taught the six keys to engender a creative mind set -
- Meditation
- Exercise
- Embracing nature
- Positive affirmation
- Doodling
- Visualization

Relief carving is the basis of sculpture and without its mastery, sculpture in the round will always be unconvincing and inadequate. So, make the first step and embrace this wonderful art form, release your creativity and become the envy of your friends.
One day workshops held at the 16th century farm, nestled in the beautiful Peak District National Park, Cheshire, where you will be inspired by nature and taught by a true master of sculpture.

Full day workshop

£180 per participant for a one to one workshop
£160 per participant for a one to two workshop.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials provided.

Copious amounts of tea/coffee/biscuits/banter and simple vegan lunch if required.


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I had a great day with Gareth at his remote farmhouse. I found him a excellent teacher and came away with a relief carving of vine leaves in lime wood. Lunch was also excellent.

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Suitable for beginners

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