Had a great weekend teaching at The Woodwright’s School (Roy Underhill’s school) in Pittsboro, NC.
We carved a donut (to learn about the grain), a camelia, and then got about half-way through the scallop shell. Everybody did really well, and most had never carved before.
One of the students was so inspired and touched by the woodcarving process, that she read a lovely poem about a woodcarver (I will try and get a copy of it from her and put it on the blog). It was really beautiful. I have to say that is a first for my classes. I was curious how the engineers in the class were reacting to the poetry reading – it’s always wonderfully colorful when you get a group of people together, with all their different personalities and input. It brings a lot of color to the whole class.
Roy rigged up a fantastic video camera device that showed really close-up shots on a big-screen TV when I did any demos. You were able to see everything – subtle moves, and even those little fuzzy areas that are really hard to clean out – showed up as giant chunks of wood.
Next class at Roy’s school is carving the Ball and Claw in May. And in 2 weeks I’ll be back in Greenville, SC at the Woodcraft store to teach how to carve an acanthus leaf and a scallop shell. Always something… I need to get back into some carving this week and get caught up.
I’ll be in touch!