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WOOD CARVING FOR BEGINNERS: The Art of Letter-Carving With Stephen Stokes

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Sculpture by the Lakes

Pallington

Dorchester

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THE COURSE

In this two-day course you will be introduced to the art of letter-carving in wood and discover the different skills and techniques involved, as well as learning about the tools you will be using. The course will begin with you carving a significant date in roman numerals and then progressing onto an A4 plaque or house sign. As letter-carving involves the use of very sharp tools (part of the course will cover sharpening) please do not sign up for this course if you are unable to handle sharp tools safely!

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Stephen Stokes has been teaching letter-carving full-time for the last seven years, based at his Bodden Cross Studios in Somerset. A career in media took him all over the world, each time returning to the workshop. His work now appears in diverse locations around the world. “My greatest pleasure is witnessing the flame lit in a soul when working with their hands and realising they have a creative talent.”

MATERIALS FOR YOUR COURSE

Guidelines for your own sign and other useful information:

  • On the course you will begin by carving a date that is significant for you in roman numerals; a template will be provided for you to use.
  • Following the roman numerals date, you will then begin your own sign which will be A4, either portrait or landscape.
  • Please prepare the template for your sign before you attend the course. You need to lay out the sign lettering and print it off on a piece of A4 paper and remember to bring it with you.

Typeface & Font Size:

  • Times New Roman is a good typeface to use, or
  • Any other Trajan based one,Baskerville Old
  • The roman numerals you will be carving areTimes New Roman at a font size of 120.
  • Don’t go too small – 20 mm high or font size 90 should be the smallest you use. So sticking with 120 font size is probably a good idea. Use capitals, lower case tends to have more curves and is harder to carve.
  • Number of letters: be realistic about what you can achieve in the time. Upper case is easier to carve than lowercase. If in doubt please get in touch via stephen@boddencross.com

Additional charges: Tools for the course will be supplied for you to use, but there will be an additional cost for the timber, which will be available for you to buy on the day, pre-cut to an A4 size. The type of wood you choose will depend on where the sign will be displayed and the cost:

  • Oak: good outside with regular oiling – but hard to carve - £10
  • Lime: not good outside – easy to carve - £10
  • Ash: ok outside with regular oiling – ok to carve - £10
  • Elm: ok outside with regular oiling – ok to carve; quite expensive - £25
  • Cherry: ok outside with regular oiling – ok to carve; quite expensive - £25

(These prices are for an A4 sized piece of wood cut, planed and ready for carving)

If you want to source your own timber, please remember that the grain running horizontally is easier to carve than with the grain running vertically across the surface of your piece. Carving end grain is very difficult and quite a challenge for a beginner.

Lunch, tea and coffee is included for all students, please advise regarding dietary requirements when booking or on the booking form.

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