Fearless Carving

June 17 - June 21, 2022

Fearless Carving


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $75

Carving can free us to think outside the box with wood. Come dive right into the carving process, exploring forms that interest and delight you. These may be carved bowls, spoons, figurative or abstract sculptures, or furniture forms such as legs and chair seats. The carved object will be an opportunity to explore concavity and convexity, form and function, balance and weight. Our goal will be to become more confident with the tools and processes of direct carving in wood. We will use machines where needed, but focus primarily on hand tools. Carving gouges, chisels, spokeshaves, drawknives, files and rasps will be our main tools. We will sharpen some tricky tools, find the right bevel angles, learn to read grain direction, try out different hold downs for the carved object, explore surface texture and color, and practice good posture and safe habits.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Kate Hawes

Kate Hawes has been working with wood for twenty five years. She has worked as a custom furniture maker, founded and run a cooperative wood shop in Brooklyn, and had her own business making custom furniture for clients. She has a certificate in Furniture and Cabinet Making from The North Bennet Street School and completed a residency at The Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Her furniture has appeared in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Architectural Digest. She enjoys sharing her love for the craft with adults who ‘have the woodworking bug’. She has taught at The Crafts Student League, Makeville Studio, and The Folk Art Museum. She splits her time between teaching classes and working in her dream shop in the Catskills where she is inspired by the surrounding woods and all that dwells in them.

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