Intro to Whittling with a Carving Knife

March 12 - March 26, 2022

Intro to Whittling with a Carving Knife


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $120
Material Fee: $35

Saturday, March 12 ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Saturday, March 26 ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

This hands-on whittling class will give you the basic tools to carve three-dimensional shapes. Our projects will be realized with a carving knife (and a set of small rasps). We will practice sharpening techniques to give our knife the proper edge to cut wood. We will learn and be trained in the common carving procedures, knife handling, and cutting techniques to safely form animals out of Basswood. In addition, Yoav will demonstrate the use of a bandsaw as a tool to assist in the preparation of wood for carving. If time permits we will also discuss design ideas for those who intend to extend their carving horizon beyond the available educational and commercial carving patterns. A materials kit consisting of basswood blanks will be mailed. A list containing carving knife and sharpening tool options you will need to purchase prior to the workshop will be emailed upon registration. 

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

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



Yoav Liberman

Yoav has been an active furniture designer and woodworker for over twenty years. His pieces have recently been exhibited at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, Penland Gallery, NC, as well as SOFA Chicago. He has published articles on woodworking and design in Woodwork Magazine, American Woodworker, as well as several prominent Israeli design publications. His pieces have been featured in Lark’s 500 Tables, 500 Wooden Bowls, 500 Cabinets and 500 Judaica books, and in Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture. In 2018 he published his first book, Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers & Designers. Yoav created and led the Woodworking and Creativity Program at Harvard University’s Eliot House, where he taught seminars in woodworking and furniture design and was an adjunct faculty member at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel where he developed and taught core classes in furniture design and material studies. He was a 2010-11 Windgate Foundation Artist in Residence/Fellow at Purchase College, New York and an Artist in Residence and instructor at the Worcester Center for Craft. He has taught workshops at Peters Valley and Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Yoav also teaches woodworking and design at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan.

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