Learning Classical Woodcarving
Has Never Been Easier!
Come along with me on a woodcarving adventure!
You just might fall in love with it!
Hi, I’m Mary May.
Have you ever experienced the joy of creating something and the hours just seem to slip by? This is a true sign of something that you love to do. Let’s discover that love of woodcarving together!
Your goal is to learn the techniques of classical woodcarving. My goal is to walk with you through this exciting learning adventure. I have taught traditional carving skills for almost 15 years, and am confident you can achieve your goal. Hundreds already have.
Come join me in the adventure of learning the wonderful art of woodcarving – and let’s lose track of time!
Let me introduce myself…
It would be wonderful to meet you in the classroom and teach you in person, but that’s not always possible.
That’s why I am offering the next best thing to being there – Videos!
“Teaching So Detailed
That What Should be Complex
I’ll show you every step in as much detail as possible. My teaching approach is methodical and thorough, without skipping over important details. In fact, one of my lessons includes a whopping 7 and 3/4 hours of video.
Here’s a sample of how I teach.
Watch it again… and again… and again…
One of the best things about my video lessons is that you can replay the lessons as many times as you want. You can’t do that in a classroom!
Take a look at some of the lessons available.
133 Unique Lessons Available 266 Total Episodes
New video added every Thursday!
The photos below are a sampling of lessons you have full access to as a Premium Member. So many wonderful possibilities!
You see more details than I do!
Did you notice how clear and crisp the sample video was? I’ve been publishing HD quality videos for over 2 years. There are times when you can see the close-up details better than I can! I also now film from multiple cameras angles and often have 3 running at the same time. That’s a challenge for Caleb, my son and video editor, but a bonus for you!
I offer more HD quality videos than any other online woodcarving school, and I’m re-filming some of the older, low-def lessons. We’ve almost finished replacing the Beginner series with state-of-the art, digital HD.
Take me with you
Many of my students do not have access to the internet in their workshops. Others have told me they live in remote places where high speed internet is too slow for high-def videos. How can they watch my lessons on laptops, tablets or phones in their workshop?
Easy! That’s why I offer download capability. Premium Monthly and Premium Full Year members can download videos and play them while not connected to the internet. It’s a great way to take me with you into the shop. You can carve along with me and replay the video as often as you want!
One student even downloaded a lesson and watched it while camping. Now that’s a motivated student!
Before we go further…
- How much satisfaction will you get from learning to carve?
- Who might you surprise with the beautiful work you create?
- What is it going to feel like to be able to confidently carve anything you want?
You can learn and gain that confidence. I’ve taught hundreds of people. Those who really wanted to learn, learned well and are making beautiful works of art.
Here are comments from a few students…
“I enjoy your way of teaching and learn so much from your videos. You have a clear way of presenting the material, so I see both the big picture and the details. You have a real gift for teaching, which is rare and very much appreciated.”
“Thank you for your videos! Love your thoroughness and methodical way you progress through a carving. You have a God-given gift in your ability to reach all levels of carvers at once – with calm explanations of what you’re doing and why, and you’re never condescending.”Rick Raley
“I was very pleased with the lessons and nature of instruction/guidance. The manner you used for the overview as well as the running observations as you worked through the projects suited my learning style very much. I would highly recommend your online school.”Tom Buhl
“Mary’s instruction is so detailed that she turns what should be complex carvings into “paint by number” exercises. Her videos are easy to follow, well produced, and above all inspiring. Mary gets you thinking about the techniques behind the specific carving and how to expand your work beyond just an object carved in wood to a work of art where depth and shadow and line are all considered. Her school is easily one of the most valuable tools in my cabinet.”Shannon Rogers – Renaissance Woodworker
“I love watching you work. Do you remember as a kid watching someone you knew who was skilled work? Maybe your Mom knitting or cooking, or your Dad working on something. How the minutes and hours would melt away as your interest in what they were doing could not have been higher. Remember how you felt you were learning and you prided yourself on figuring out why they did things in such a way? Well I become a little kid when I watch you carve. Your soothing voice, the great music at the start and finish, makes it one of my favorite pass times.”David Piazzo
So What’s Stopping You?
Oh yeah, Tools and Time…
Nobody can give us any more time, but I can certainly help you with the tools. I started carving when I couldn’t afford a lot of tools and know it’s tough to be wondering “what are tools going to cost me?” You can start with a pretty short list of tools and still be able to carve many projects. I’ll send you that list.
Find 3 Bonus materials in the First Lesson:
- My 3 part list of carving tools: Starter Set, Intermediate Additions, and those “Nice-to-Have” Tools.
- My guide: “30 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about Carving Tools,” 13 pages of answers to questions I’ve answered over the years.
- Access to “Where to Buy Tools,” my online guide to finding the tools I recommend. 9 different brands from 9 North American sellers … right down to their part numbers and web page links.
Your Biggest Problem Will Be Losing Track of Time
I give you everything you need to dig in and learn.
Each lesson includes:
- An introductory video that gives you a snapshot of the full lesson. Think of it as a preview or teaser.
- One or more video episodes. These are full videos, not short, little snippets. Most are between 20 minutes to 1 hour long.
- Printable template and photo of the completed work.
- Information about size and type of wood.
- List of tools needed.
- An indication of skill level needed.
Others Offer A Money Back Guarantee
– I Offer something Better –
16 Complete Lessons… FREE!
Instead of plunking down money before you see the quality, I offer you a full series for free. My 16 Beginner Lessons will show you more than that sample lesson I showed you earlier. Learn about tools and how to sharpen them. Start carving some basic relief and appliques. Visit the Introductions for the vast selection of Premium lessons (over 100 unique lessons and counting).
- “All About Gouges” – all you need to know about their shapes and numbers.
- 5 lessons about sharpening different tools
- An extra long foundation: “Starting to Carve” – 55 minutes
- Work holding and clamping techniques
- The all important Donut lesson – the most important thing you’ll ever learn about carving!
- Lessons about Drawing and Transferring patterns
- Lessons on shallow relief carving of flowers and fruit
- An insider’s peek at a woodcarver’s workshop
- Access to previews of all lessons.
After FREE, what’s next?
Premium Lessons, of course…
|What you get||PREMIUM|
|Previews of ALL lessons|
Over 100 lessons to preview.
|16 Beginner Lessons|
Learn all about gouges, how to carve, then learn some fun, basic relief carving projects.
• My recommended tools lists • Guide to Carving Tools • Guide to Buying Tools
|Getting Started Hints and Tips*|
Receive an email series that guides you in getting started at the school.
Receive an e-mail every time I release a new episode and stay current with any updates.
List of recently added and upcoming lessons, tips and tricks, free template, in-person class schedule & any recent news.
|Access to ALL Lessons|
I release a new HD episode every week and you have immediate access to ALL 100+ lessons I have already published.
|Downloadable Lesson Materials|
Download and/or print a detailed template, complete tool list, and full color photo of each lesson.
|*** EXCLUSIVE ***|
No other online woodcarving teacher offers downloadable lessons. They're great for viewing on the go, especially for a shop that has no internet connection.
|* To receive these items, remember to accept the invitation to join my mailing list when registering.|
And … What’s It Going to Cost?
Where else can you learn
a valuable lifetime skill
for as little as 44 cents a day?
We have 3 Premium Membership Choices
- Great way to sample the lessons
- Access to ALL videos for 7 days
- Access to templates
- After a week, reverts to Free Member
- ONLY 44 cents a day!
That’s a 9% discount from the Premium Monthly Membership.
- Access to ALL videos
- Access to ALL templates
- INCLUDES Video downloads
- PLUS You get a loyalty discount to $129.99 when renewing in following years.
- Like a magazine. Don’t miss a thing.
- Access to ALL videos
- Access to ALL templates
- INCLUDES Video downloads
- Recurring charge via PayPal
“I cannot recommend Mary’s video lessons highly enough. Whether you are learning to carve, or carving at an advanced level, these videos are the ultimate learning tool. Mary is a natural at carving and has an artist’s eye for proportion, design and style.
“You could pay thousands of dollars and not learn a fraction of the information contained in Mary’s lessons. She continues to add important carvings to them on an ongoing basis.”John Ogilvie
Is There Ever a Perfect Time to Start Something New?
None better than NOW!
Everyone starts as a Free Member. Then, you upgrade to Premium Member after getting settled in and comfortable.
- Register as a Free Member.
- Log in and immediately start enjoying carving lessons.
- Hit the “Upgrade Now!” button at any time to upgrade to a Premium Membership.
The price will never be lower
P.S. The sooner you get started…
The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be able to create beautiful classical carvings: Acanthus leaves, rosettes, shells, fans, moldings, furniture feet, ornate turnings, and more.
P.P.S. Individual Lessons for Purchase
If you feel a Premium Membership is not for you at the moment, you can still purchase individual lessons here.