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 S. Liberman is a studio furniture artist, architect, and educator. Yoav’s training in the art of woodworking and design began shortly after he received an architecture degree from the Israel Institute of Technology, when he was invited to two distinguished residency programs, first at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts and then as a Windgate Foundation Fellow at Purchase College in New York. While in Boston, he was a mentee of Mitch Ryerson and John Everdell. Between 2003 and 2011, Yoav headed the woodworking program at Harvard University’s Eliot House. Yoav’s furniture design and woodworking articles have been published in Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, and Woodwork Magazines. His pieces have been featured in many books, including Lark Book’s 500 Series, Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture, and recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled by Schiffer books. Yoav’s pieces have been displayed in museums and exhibitions in both the USA and abroad and can be found in galleries and shops, as in private and public collections in the United States, Israel, and England. Yoav is often invited to teach in craft schools across the country. He lives in Upper Saddle River, NJ, and teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Yoav is the author of Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers & Designers, first published by Popular Woodworking Books and currently published by Penguin Random House, 2018.

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