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2 Day Introduction to Wood Carving

20-21 April: learn the fundamental skills of chip-carving or shallow relief carving as you create your own piece in this weekend course.

  • Booking essential

With expert advice, this full weekend course will first give you the opportunity to run through the basics of tool sharpening and care.

Beginners will then design and carve a chip carved panel. Chip carving is a traditional technique used to create decorative surfaces, drawing intricate designs with limitless possibilities. Intermediate carvers will carve a naturalistic leaf in low relief.

This course is suitable for either beginners or those with some experience of carving who are looking to enhance their existing skills.

Your tutor is Tom Ball, an award-winning master carver working in wood and stone from his workshop at the Heritage and Rural Skills Centre. Since 2008, Tom has been working freelance in restoration, and in 2020 Tom returned to City and Guilds of London Arts School to work as a tutor for the carving department. Tom's carving and conservation work can be found in renowned locations around the country including many of Oxfords and London’s most celebrated colleges, chapels and churches.

Our class sizes are small, so you'll have a chance to engage with the tutor while you work.

All materials and tools required for the course will be provided. This course takes place over two days, on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, 9am-5pm daily. There will be a short break for lunch each day and tea/coffee is provided.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Concession Under 25s£221.00
All £295.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Suitability

Not suitable for children.

Meeting point

The Orton Studio at the Heritage and Rural Skills Centre in Coleshill village. Follow signs for the Coleshill Estate Office for the car park.

What to bring and wear

All tools and materials included. Wear practical clothes and shoes suitable for crafting. Please bring your own refreshments (or the means to purchase these from the on-site café).

Accessibility

Toilets on site, including accessible toilet. Level access into the teaching space. Some uneven surfaces such as cobbles due to the historic nature of the building. Please contact us if you would like to have an informal chat about access before you book.

Other

Mess room available for course participants to use during breaks. Drinking water and facilities for making tea and coffee available. Refreshments/lunches available to purchase from on-site café. Accommodation not included.

Contact info

Buscot & Coleshill Estate

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