March 2020 Meeting

When: 13 March 2020, 6:45pm to 8:45pm

Where: Back Channel School of Woodworking, 831 Broadway Avenue


For our March WPW meeting, we will have a special Friday evening presentation on woodcarving presented by master woodcarver Fredy Humain Mallqui. Fredy grew up in Peru and began woodcarving at age 9. Fredy will present some highlights and interesting stories of his career. He will follow with a hands-on demonstration on sharpening a woodcarving gouge using a readily available technique of three sandpaper grades and a leather strop. So that all WPW members who attend the meeting can learn this easily-accessible sharpening technique, the club will provide the sandpaper, leather, and a place to work, but each member will need to bring a gouge (any non-flat carving tool) or two to practice the technique (you know, the carving gouge that you bought years ago but is now so dull that it will only crush wood fibers instead of cut them!)

Please note that all members who have signed up for the paid Saturday and Sunday carving class must attend the Friday evening class, as little to no time in the Saturday/Sunday class will be devoted to “teaching” the sharpening technique again.

Parking will be on the street. If you have no trouble walking, please don’t take one of the limited parking spots right in front of the building, leaving them for any of our members who might need to limit their walking distance. We are working with an adjacent facility to determine if they will allow us to use their parking lot. An update will be provided.


Fredy came to the United States in spring 2012 bringing along his wood carving tools that served as extensions of his own hands and his design philosophy. Fredy also brought with him the most precious tools: sensibility, creativity, skills, and expertise that have accumulated with patience and observation of ornamental details surrounding him in daily life often overlooked by others. These traits have served him well as an art conservator, woodcarver, and gilder. Growing up in the city of Ayacucho, Peru (est. 1540), the Peruvian capital of the craftsmen, he has inherited an active appreciation of a rich cultural heritage—a product of the syncretism between Spanish and local cultures. He learned wood carving from master carvers at the age of nine and has since developed his own techniques to design, carve and conserve intricate pieces in Baroque, Rococo, Gothic, and Romanesque styles. Trained by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in the conservation of diverse objects of art, Fredy worked in the provinces of Cuzco and Apurímac (Peru) conserving religious art, wooden and plaster polychrome sculptures, furniture, frames, architectural elements in wood and plaster, gilded pieces and murals dating from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. Since relocating to the United States (Erie, PA), Fredy has continued to develop his professional skills as a freelance conservator, woodcarver and gilder. Some of his clients include the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, the Erie Art Museum, Erie Insurance, Kidder Wachter Jefferys Construction, Schantz Organ Company of Ohio, Kittinger Furniture Company of New York and multiple private clients, both locally and from other cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Boston.

In 2017, he earned the Professional Level Scholarship at The Marc Adams School of Woodworking, located in Franklin, Indiana. In March 2019, Fredy participated in The World Wood Day Celebration in Graz, Austria. This event is a recognition of the best woodcarvers and their artistic work and the sustainability of the wood material from around the world. Fredy’s most recent historical restoration project was at Fair Lane, the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan. Fredy was hired to design and carve the decorative elements for a replica 1914 Estey Residency Organ in collaboration with The Schantz Organ Company.