About the Course
This practical 2 day weekend course is designed for complete beginners with no previous experience, and those with a small amount of experience who wish to improve their wood carving skills. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to creatively carve wood with hand tools. For adults age 18+.
The venue, Ness Botanic Gardens on the banks of the River Dee, is widely known for its plant collections and beauty, plus there is a great café on site.
Your tutor, John White, is an experienced woodcarver, he has over thirty years experience in a diverse range of woodcarving projects. He is a qualified teacher, holds City and Guilds in Woodcarving and teaches for The International Chippendale School of Furniture. He runs evening and weekend courses for all levels of ability and offers sharpening tuition.
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What's included in the price?
All materials, use of tools, equipment, course notes, light refreshments.
Good conversation and a friendly, relaxed and fascinating learning experience, great to support wellbeing.
I decided to do this course as I've never worked with wood at all (in my day the girls only did needlework/cookery at school). It's been on my bucket list for a while.
I was apprehensive at first but John's teaching technique soon made for a relaxing weekend. We had loads of ideas and information given to us and expert demonstrations from John. Lots of help was given where needed.
I feel shattered now it's over but really enjoyed my weekend, doing something different. I actually just about ended up with an almost complete owl (very proud) but could probably have done with an extra day to complete that and practise some more basic techniques. Would definitely consider doing a follow up course; this was excellent and well worth the money.
Christine Holcroft - - #10632
For anyone who is thinking of taking up woodcarving, or has started and wants to get some coaching then this is one of the best ways to do it
John is an excellent teacher. He has great patience and unfailing good humour
His explanations are clear and easy to follow and he always seems to be on hand to assist anyone who is finding anything a little difficult to do.
Everything is provided - including tools if you don't have any of your own.
You start by practicing the ‘basic’ cuts but soon move on to making recognisable shapes
On the second day you move on to carving an owl starting with the explanation of how to mark out the piece of wood ready to carve. Getting the carving fully finished does require concentrated effort but it is well worth it to take home a completed piece and leaves the beginner with a great sense of achievement.
David Bedding - - #8692
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