Welcome to Mary May’s online school of woodcarving!
117 Episodes Available
New Video Added Every Thursday!
Have you ever been involved in a project where you completely lose track of time? That is a true sign that you love what you’re doing. Come join me (Mary May) on a journey of learning the wonderful art of woodcarving – and let’s lose track of time!
I have been teaching traditional carving skills for over 15 years. In my endeavor to make available and share the techniques of this art with as many people as possible, I have put together this online video school. The videos range from beginning carving projects to advanced. Some are just short tips and tricks, while others cover a complete complex carving project.
A new video episode will be added every week on Thursday morning. This may be a complete video lesson or an episode (or chapter) of a particular carving lesson.
Some videos were filmed in actual classes (where there is some interaction with students), while others were projects I completed in my workshop (where you can hear the roosters in the background).
I plan to add videos to the site as I complete a variety of carving projects in my shop. As I work on various projects, the camera will be rolling…
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News and Updates
3/6/14 – This new project that I just added is carving a 3-leaf decorative corner for a pulpit that will go into a local Charleston church. This is carved in sapele wood (a sort of mahogany) and I show how to avoid carving into pin nails!
2/26/14 – A typical lowcountry design – The Palmetto Tree within a Live Oak Tree – has been added to the school. This is not the typical style that you see in the videos, but a more stylized design. It is carved in butternut (a wonderful and easy wood to carve).
2/19/14 – New video – Carving a Small Acanthus Leaf Bracket in the Chippendale Style – just added. This is a lovely little acanthus leaf that is a good basic design that includes a c-scroll design. This can be a good beginning carving project – whether or not you use it as an actual corner bracket.
2/12/14 – Carving a Celtic Creature has been added to the school. This is a project in white oak and shows the technique of overlapping and shaping a unique Celtic creature in relief.
2/5/14 – This week’s video – a turned rosette – was carved and filmed quite a few years ago. I didn’t even talk through any of it. I simply show the process of carving this layered rosette where each layer shows a twisting motion in the opposite direction.
1/29/14 – The final episode (episode 4) of carving the Wheat and Ribbon design is now part of the online school. This episode shows how to carve the overlapping stems and how to shape the twisting ribbon.
1/22/14 – We are now on the third episode of the Wheat and Ribbon lesson. This shows how how the ribbon overlaps the stems and how to carve the tiny details of the wheat kernels.
1/15/14 – The second episode of the Wheat and Ribbon carving lesson! This shows the process of lowering down the entire background and how to sort out grain that has attitude!
1/8/14 – I just added the first episode of carving a very delicate wheat and ribbon design. This design is based on a Duncan Phyfe window chair, and the video shows tricks in how to keep the little fragile wheat kernels from breaking.