An introduction to woodcarving, this course will start by explaining how the grain of wood works, the most suitable wood for carving, it will describe the different wood carving tools, how to handle them safely with a short example of how to sharpen them. Students will then start off by practising on some off cuts to gain control of the tools and material.
A project will then begin of an Oak leaf or a Heart on a wooden panel in two dimensions, leading to a follow up project of Celtic knotwork or Lettering on a wooden panel in two dimensions, if first project is completed.
Other options include carving of simple bowls and spoons, please specify in advance if this is your choice of project so that materials can be prepared in advance.
A five euro materials fee is required for each project
Tutors background & experience
Andrew St Ledger is a well known artist woodsculptor/ master wood carver and bespoke furniture maker with over twenty six years experience of tutoring and has worked on a wide range of woodcarving/sculpting commissions from carving the twelve days of Christmas in two dimensional relief panels to designing and sculpting the three dimensional figurehead for the famous replica famine ship, the Jeanie Johnston, which is now a Famine museum berthed on the River Liffey in Dublin. He is currently working on a series of free form wood sculptures exploring the relationship between people and trees, which when completed will be placed on exhibition.
A website of my furniture and some sculptural work can be viewed at www.acanthus.ie