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Wood Carving for Furniture makers/ Conservators
Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 09:00 – Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 17:00 BST
In this course, the students will learn the basics of woodcarving as it applies to furniture and architectual conservation. It begins with a discussion about the tools used in woodcarving – Chisels, mallets, clamping devises, and other related tools and how to care for them. Included will be demonstrations on how to sharpen chisels.
Every day will begin with a brief discussion about different topics such as the different types of carving, some historic wood carving examples as well as more practical issues such as buying chisels, different approaches to sharpening, and working with different types of wood.
During the week, students will practice carving through two or three different exercises. The first will be to carve four concentric circles using four different chisels. This will teach the student how to control the chisel, how to read the grain, and how to produce a smooth well-defined cut. The second exercise will be to carve a decorative element related to furniture/design. The student can select out of a set of options including a corbel, an acanthus leaf, a flower design, and a rococo design. Also, they can select the type of wood from oak, mahogany, walnut or lime. The student can select something of their own that they would like to work on, however they must notify the tutor ahead of time.
If time permits (depending on the individuals selection and speed in completing the second task) the student will be taken through copying different types of moldings frequently used in furniture and architectural elements.