Basic Relief Carving

with Mary May

Please call to register: 800-327-2520. For more information email us
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Basic Relief Carving

with Mary May

August 23-24, 2014 (9am-4pm)


During this 2-day workshop, Mary May will walk you through several beginning carving projects in shallow relief. She will show the technique of how to carve in the correct grain direction, how to properly and safely hold gouges, how to hold wood down securely to the bench, and how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge. The main project will consist of a floral decoration in shallow relief. You will learn how to lower down the background, how to work with overlapping elements, and how to shape leaves and flower petals so that the carving appears to be much deeper than it actually is.

About the Instructor

Professional woodcarver, Mary May, will be travelling from Charleston, SC to teach a class on the basics of woodcarving. Mary has been carving for over 20 years, and has studied with a variety of master European carvers around the world. She will start by showing how to sharpen gouges to a razor sharp edge.

Mary has recently started an online video woodcarving school and teaches woodcarving at a variety of schools and workshops throughout the country. You can see some of her work at

Tool List

These are the tools we'll learn about in the class. You are not required to bring all of them; we will provide demonstration tools for you to use. However, it is helpful for you to practice with your own tools, so bring as many of these as you'd like. You may also make purchases in our showroom on site. Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

Note: The hyperlinks below are for LN tools, though you are welcome to bring tools of other brands.

  • mallet
  • 5 or 6mm v-chisel (60 degree angle)
  • #3, 6mm
  • #3, 14mm
  • #5, 6mm
  • #5, 14mm
  • #7, 12mm
  • #8, 10mm

Please call to register: 800-327-2520, $100 nonrefundable deposit required at registration, full payment required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.