Basic Woodcarving

Basic Wood Carving

Co-sponsored by Eastern Mass. Guild of Woodworkers

Learn basics of handheld carving, including shaping, detailing and whittling. Understand basic approaches to full round and relief mode, paving the way to create decorative elements for furniture and small sculptural objects. Choose a small project to finish in the workshop or at home. Limit 8 students

Bring your own tools (see below) or purchase a kit and wood in class.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens with instructor's permission

Skill Level




Before entering the wood shop, read about SAFETY.


 $30 payable in class

If you have the following kinds of wood, you may bring them to class to carve:

  • bass wood
  • poplar
  • mahogany
  • cedar

Otherwise, we will provide wood for purchase in class.

If you have your own woodcarving tools (basic carving knife, 3 blades), bring them to class. We will cover sharpening, and you can sharpen your own tools. If you do not have your own tools, we will provide them in class and make them available for purchase if you wish.

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Instructor, Schedule, and Cost



Section 1: 2 Sundays, 9:30am–1:30pm 

1W: Mar 24 & 31

Instructor: Peter Thibeualt

$130. FULL

Materials: $30 payable in class