Next Steps in Carving II

Chris Pye
June 25-29

If you are an experienced carver who wants to expand your technical and creative skills, this course is for you.  All types of carving are welcome, including relief carving, carving-in-the-round, and lettering. Participants may embark upon new projects, bring work in progress, or engage in a series of practice exercises.

Through extensive one-on-one guidance, personal supervision, demonstrations, and shared class questions, Chris helps students deepen their understanding of woodcarving. In addition to the technical requirements of carving, instruction emphasizes the crucial aspect of woodcarving design: how carvings 'work' visually and aesthetically.

Participants must discuss their projects with Chris in advance to be sure that they come with designs appropriate to the scope of the course and their skill levels, as well as the right tools and materials.

From his studio in Herefordshire, England, Chris Pye works on a broad spectrum of commissions, including lettering, heraldry, furniture ornamentation, architectural carving, and sculpture. He is a member of the Master Carvers Association and his clients have included HRH the Prince of Wales. Chris has some 40 years of experience as a carver, and is the author of seven books, six of which are from GMC Publications Ltd. These include: Woodcarving Tools, Materials, and Equipment, Volumes 1 & 2 (1995, 2002); Lettercarving in Wood (1997); Relief Carving: a Practical Introduction (1998); and Woodcarving Projects and Techniques (2007). Fox Chapel Publications put out Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual in 2010. Since 2011, Chris has offered instruction through a video-rich website:

Open to intermediate and advanced carvers.



Tuition for one week: $785

(For those who enroll in both weeks with Chris this year, the total cost of tuition is $1,410.)

Pye1Arts & Crafts Fireplace Panel by Chris Pye, limewood (1"x9"x10"), 2014

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