Letter Carving

Clark Kellogg
July 22-26

The age-old art of letter carving is a powerful medium for expressive communication. Clark has designed this introductory course to engage carvers, furniture makers, graphic designers, burgeoning sign makers, and anyone else who wants to effectively create crisp lettering in wood with sharp carving tools.

Instruction begins with the selection and sharpening of carving tools, followed by key tool cuts that recombine to form the entire alphabet. Starting with classic Roman lettering, students practice their way through straight, curved, and combined letters. Additional topics include serifs, spacing, scale, typography, and finishing options such as painting and gilding. The final project is a small sign or monogram.

Clark Kellogg is a self-employed furniture maker in Houston, TX, who exhibits nationally. After earning a B.A. in Studio Art from the Univ. of Virginia in 2003, he completed our Nine-Month Comprehensive and, later, the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods. Clark is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking, and has been published in Fine Homebuilding, American Craft, and Letter Arts Review. Clark’s website is kelloggfurniture.com.

Open to beginners - hand tool or carving experience recommended.


Tuition: $810



Kellogg HomeDetail of “Welcome” by Clark Kellogg, English Brown Oak with 3” tall letters, 2015

Kellogg letter blocksMonogram Blocks by Clark Kellogg, cherry (3”x3”x3” each), 2016