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SOLD OUT Introduction to Carving


February 17th to 21st, 2024 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn Carving? Check out our Introduction to Carving class with Mary May. The instructor will use her 30 years of experience to guide carvers of any level through an amazing class making several beautiful carved pieces. After this course, you will have the skills and confidence to add gorgeous embellishments to your furniture projects or use it as a standalone piece of art in your home.

  • Materials are included
  • Lunch is included

See below for tool list and more detail.

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Furniture Type

carving, Decor

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Time Frame

Weekdays – Daytime, Weekend

Name: Introduction to Carving
Instructor: Mary May
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites: None

Format: 5 Day in-person course


February 17th to 21st, 2024

9am to 5pm

Saturday to Wednesday.


Class Description:

During this beginning woodcarving class, Mary will walk you through a variety of step-by-step relief-carving projects that begin with the very basics, and will work through more challenging projects that build your carving skills. During the week, you will complete several decorative floral designs, a symmetrical shell, and will end the week with you completing a carving of your own choice. Throughout the week, Mary will demonstrate various techniques on how to efficiently use carving gouges, make difficult carving cuts, sharpen tools to a razor-sharp edge, and make the carving appear deeper than it actually is.

This class is open to both beginning and experienced carvers. Beginners can follow along with Mary’s structured lessons, while more advanced carvers have the option to work on their individual projects while receiving guidance and expertise from Mary’s 30 years of carving experience.


Topics and skills covered will include:

  • How to get started with relief carving
  • Design development
  • Carving tools, their usage, and safety
  • Sharpening carving tools
  • Proper carving technique
  • Wood grain issues
  • Carving tips, tricks and techniques
  • How to continue carving beyond the course


What you’ll need:

We recommend getting a full set of carving tools if you plan to take this course and continue to carve afterwards. We may not use everything on the list below in class but the tools mentioned are the most common for similar projects.

Long-handled, fishtail gouges preferred, but straight gouges work also. Bring whatever tools you have in addition to the gouge set.

This is a great set of carving tools to start with – LINK HERE

  • Wooden mallet
  • 6mm v-chisel (60 degree angle)
  • #3, 6mm
  • #3, 14mm
  • #5, 14mm
  • #7, 6mm
  • #7, 14mm

Sources for tools


Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

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