Several times a year, I dust down my woodwork studio and set it up to teach woodcarving skills to groups and individuals. It's a lovely workspace and the courses invariably attract genial people. Good stuff happens.
I'm responsive to individual needs and happy to coach experienced carvers, or get beginners off the ground. Some people come because they want to develop specific skills and others are here more for a focussed retreat, to loose themselves in a deeply engaging and mindful activity! Some people come to make a really personal gift for a wedding or some other celebration.
My cozy purpose-built studio in West Cork
3-Day Woodcarving Workshops
I've been running 3-day workshops for over eighteen years now. Three days is about right for beginners to pick up useful skills and finish a project. If I have room on a course I take past students or experienced for two of the days, if that suits better.
We provide everything: tools, timber, refreshments and tasty lunches. The courses are not residential, but we can give you local accommodation suggestions. The workshop has a comprehensive library of woodworking books and magazines for inspiration and technical information.
I have several good photo-illustrated step-by-step projects to follow, but you're welcome to choose or design your own project, and to bring your own wood if you've got something particular you'd like to carve.
Good things to carve include: bowls, spoons, animals, Celtic knotwork, lettering, decorated chopping boards, sculptural shapes…
Cost: €340 with a €100 deposit, or €320 if paid in full at least 4 weeks in advance. Because it can be hard to fill a place at short notice, the €100 deposit (or €100 of a pre-paid or voucher purchase) is non-refundable if you cancel two weeks or less from the start of the course.
Course Dates 2017:
Mar 31 - Apr 2 (Fri—Sun) full
May 5-7 (Fri—Sun) full
Jun 16-18 (Fri—Sun) full
Oct 13-15 (Fri—Sun) three places left
Nov 3-5 (Fri—Sun) four places available
Vouchers make great presents — I can post one to you or email it for you to print yourself if time is tight. There is no extra charge, it will cost the same as the pre-pay price - €320.
I work with individuals to build skills in woodcarving, furniture making or craft woodwork. I can give advice on buying tools and equiping workspaces etc. A day with me costs €300 and I can give a worthwhile discount on that day-rate if you book for two days or more. You get lunch and refreshments and access to the workshops extensive book and magazine library.