November, 2011

Carved Coat of Arms Completed

November 23, 2011 MaryMay Coat of Arms

The coat of arms that I carved several weeks ago and made resin castings is painted and installed! The client is very happy. Whew! Stephanie Poe, an incredibly talented faux painter and designer, painted the resin casting to match the intense blues that they have on the top of the call box. It really turned out […]

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Greenville, SC Shell Carving Class

November 21, 2011 MaryMay Woodcarving classes

Hello everyone! I had a great weekend in Greenville, SC teaching woodcarving to 15 students. It was a great group of people, and everyone did really well - it was NOT an easy weekend. I think everyone was pretty worn out by Sunday afternoon. Saturday we went over carving a shell on the knee of a cabriole leg […]

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Carving the Convex Newport Shell

November 17, 2011 MaryMay Newport Shell

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 NOTE: Click on photos to get better detail This weekend I will be teaching in Greenville, SC for the Greenville Woodworkers Guild. This is an amazing group of people. I think there are between 600 and 700 members and they have just recently acquired a 20,000+ sq. ft. building for their shop/auditorium/classroom or whatever their […]

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Woodcarving retreat property for sale

November 14, 2011 MaryMay Uncategorized

I know this does not have anything to do with woodcarving, but it could…what about that peaceful country retreat where you can completely focus on your woodcarving in the beautiful Charleston lowcountry? Yours for only…. We are in serious need to sell some acreage (or I just need to get some really good carving jobs […]

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How to Carve a Ball and Claw Foot

November 9, 2011 MaryMay Ball and claw foot

  For anyone who is interest in building period furniture (anywhere from 1740s to 1840s) learning to carve the ball and claw foot almost seems to be a “right of passage” in the carving world. I put together these written instructions for a traditional Philadelphia style ball and claw foot. These instructions go with my instructional DVD, and I also provide these […]

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Carving lessons

November 7, 2011 MaryMay Wood Carving Tips

I received an e-mail from Dale Bullock who has taken a woodcarving class from me when I taught in Atlanta, GA. He sent the following: Here are some lessons which I have learned from woodcarving: 1) DMT stones are great, stropping is better. 2) No amount of sanding makes up for poor carving. 3) Super Glue is […]

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