About the Course
Monumental sculptural wood carving is an opportunity to get involved in carving large scale green timber. The course supports all levels of ability in a relaxed atmosphere. Your tutor Stephen Stockbridge trained as a sculptor and has been creating public artworks for over 30 years. The carving once completed is donated to a school or community space. Students are introduced to working with mallets chisels and gouges and look at tool selection. The principles of tool sharpening with demonstrations of other wood carving power tools including chainsaw and angle grinders. Also an opportunity to understand how to sling and move large work.
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What's included in the price?
All materials and tools are provided, along with a constant stream of tea and biscuits. Good parking is available on site along with good transport links. There are many options for lunch on site, with a lovely little cafe overlooking the river Thames.
The studio is located on a 7 acre site of artist / designer studios, nearly 500 of them.
Some dates are 2 half hour taster sessions, contact me for detailed course information.
Far and away the most enjoyable course I've ever taken! Right from the beginning, Steven is warm, welcoming, funny and friendly. He distils decades of artistry into a few hours, introducing you to a wealth of tools, techniques and types of wood and above all making it incredibly interesting and engaging. It all starts gently enough but before long you'll be utterly absorbed in discovering the Art that lies buries beneath the wood, with expert guidance and encouragement. Thoroughly recommended!
Ian Rose-Miller - - #24794
I had a great day with Stephen and his workshop. We were taught about different woods for carving, Stephen explained about the different tools including mallets, and about sharpening. You just don't need an expensive and dangerous wheel for this. Its all much simpler than i thought. My one regret is I don't live closer!
Thanks Stephen, all the very best to you
Murray Allan - - #22261
What a great introduction to wood carving. Excellent attention to detail. Not only did we complete part of a project. We were shown many techniques and given the opportunity to try anything we wanted. Nothing was too much trouble for Stephen. He is a great teacher that makes you feel that nothing is impossible.
If you want to see what wood carving is about give it a go.
I will certainly be back. Thanks for a great hands on day.
John Charnley - - #21487
What a great day out! Stephen was a great trainer and facilitator. We started with an outline of the group and how it helps people, a safety briefing and course objectives. Stephen then took us through tools and techniques, demonstrated what he wanted us to achieve and some top tips. We were then left to try out what we learnt.
As the day progressed we tried other tools, techniques and projects. Stephen kept and eye and ear on what we were doing and was able to help us correct course in a positive manner.
The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and positive. Plenty of breaks for tea, biscuits and chat.
Overall we came away with feeling happily tired out with new skills and the feeling that we had contributed to a community project.
Highly recommended. Thank you!
David Goodman - - #20834
Really great experience! My husband and I went along to the space last week and had the best time. I have never carved before, but found my self instantly involved in the process. Not only a great way to learn a new skill, but also to get to know new people, share stories and have a laugh! More than worth it!
Robin Lane- Roberts - - #14213
I had a amazing day at Creative Nature HQ. The teacher/artist, Stephen, was very friendly and has incredible knowledge of wood carving/sculpture and wood working tools. Stephen started by welcoming me and making me a nice cup of tea. I enjoyed my tea as he gave me a tour of the studio/workshop and its facilities. During the walk around he explained and demonstrated what the tools are and how they are used. After this introduction I was shown how to make a mallet out of a solid piece of Ash. This is a very simple and clever process which was really satisfying to do. After lunch I learnt how strip the bark from a large oak tree trunk. I then got involved in some large tree trunk carving (be warned this is highly addictive :-) ). I sculpted by using a variety of specialist carving chisels and of course the mallet I had made earlier. All in all the day was very enjoyable. The studio is spacious and bright and Stephen was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable.
Highly recommend this class.......Great day. Thank you Stephen.
Brett Levy - - #14169
Stephen creates a wonderful atmosphere of group togetherness which produces a feeling of working as a team in a safe environment. Guidance, assistance and encouragement provided is there as and when required allowing scope for all involved to feel that they are contributing to a collective objective.
Ken Bruin - - #14144
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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