Carving gouges and other tools on a dedicated carving bench.

On October 6th and 7th I will have the pleasure of teaching a woodcarving workshop at the Old Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, Pennsylvania. This workshop will provide instruction in the fundamentals of woodcarving that can be applied to many historic styles. It is designed to build confidence in drawing and designing for woodcarving and provide instruction in the techniques of relief and applique’ carving that form the basis of the carved ornamentation of furniture and architectural forms.

Restored frieze applique at Mount Pleasant, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Those new to woodcarving will be introduced to the selection, sharpening, maintenance and use of carving tools, traditional methods of holding the work to be carved and the basics of designing and executing shells, scrolls, and foliage.

Front rail of a side chair with applied shell. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania c. 1755.

More advanced participants will have the opportunity to assess their skill level, increase their ability to execute more complex designs, observe hands-on demonstrations of carving techniques, and discuss construction details and carving techniques of the leading carvers of eighteenth century Philadelphia.

Reproduction cartouche and finials for a case housing a movement by Burrows Dowdney, Philadelphia, c. 1770. On loan to the Department of State, Washington, D.C., Dietrich American Foundation

This is an opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced woodworkers to expand your carving techniques through two days of concentrated study and work alongside a conservator of furniture and woodwork who has worked for dealers, private collectors, and major museums for over thirty years.

Side chair, carving attributed to Martin Jugiez, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1770.
Dietrich American Foundation