Openings Available for the July 9-10 Carving Workshop

Due to previously-registered participants being unable to attend at this new time, we have at least four openings available for our weekend-long woodcarving class to be taught by master woodcarver Fredy Huaman Mallqui on July 9-10, 2022. Participants do not need to have any woodcarving experience. The participants in the weekend workshop will explore a variety of carving tools to appreciate their function. Fredy will demonstrate the correct approach to handle tools safely. He will show how to use gouges with a mallet, how to make basic carving cuts, and other important beginning techniques. The student will apply these newly-introduced techniques of woodcarving to carve an acanthus leaf. The acanthus leaf is a traditional ornamental element adorning many 18th and 19th-century chair and table legs, aprons, pediments, corbels, vessels, and frames. The goal of the workshop is to give students the ability and inspiration to apply these introductory techniques to their own future projects such as furniture ornamentation, carving in the round, or architectural elements. Future more advanced classes will likely take place.

This was the woodcarving class that was supposed to take place in March 2020, but postponed because of Covid. Our normal practices of cross-ventilation and personal spacing (the shop is large with plenty of bench space to spread out) will be observed and masks are optional. If you would like to join us, please contact Elmer Nahum via email, text, or telephone. The cost is $160 (one of the few things where the price hasn’t gone up)!.

Even if you can’t make it for the workshop on Saturday and Sunday, please join us for our regular club meeting on Friday evening, July 8, 2022, at 7 p.m. where Fredy will share some stories about his career as a carver, starting as a young apprentice in Peru to his variety of recent commissions. He will then reveal his sharpening technique for carving gouges. We will have plenty of leather, abrasive paste, and sandpaper for everyone. Bring in a carving gouge that has been put aside because it just doesn’t cut, or even one that you think is finely honed, to see if Fredy’s technique can get that gouge to a new level of sharpness. (If you have a gouge that is so beat up, maybe used as a paint can opener, you might want to at least grind the bevel to remove the major nicks.)

Please see the the event listings for this class for more information, including information below for additional information about Fredy, the class, and a list of the gouges that you will need to get the most from the class:


Workshop Day One

Workshop Day Two

Please see the attached flyer for more information about the workshop.

Please see the attached recommended tool list for the workshop

2 thoughts on “Openings Available for the July 9-10 Carving Workshop

  1. Hi, I just joined western pa woodworkers, and plan to attend the meeting Friday 7/8.
    I would like to attend the workshop 7/9-7/10 but don’t have the required gouges chisels and parting tools and don’t think I can get them in time. Will there be tools I can use during the workshop, If I can borrow tools I would like to register and participate

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