Medieval Woodcarving: A Practical Introduction

17 TUTOR: Andrew Pearson

Following on from his previous lectures on Misericord carving, Andrew Pearson returns with a practical carving course. Students will look closely at small stylistic elements of medieval woodcarving, for example patterns, details and figures -perhaps inspired by misericords- and will draw them and carve them in oak or lime wood. The complexity of design may depend on each student's level of experience, but it is hoped that every student will take home a complete or well-advanced piece of work. All equipment and timber is supplied, bring an apron or overall.

1 AM
AM course

Course Notes

This hands-on course will be relaxed and fun as students learn the basics of woodcarving to create a finished piece in a Medieval style. Perhaps you have seen a misericord or a carved bench end that you love and would like to see how it's made. You could also bring in a photo or carving to work from. This is a chance to learn basic techniques. We will NOT be using machinery or power tools.

We will be sharpening chisels, how to select the right chisel and seeing what it will do (rather like golf clubs!), how to work the timber to minimise splitting and torn grain, as well as composing a pleasing image for an accomplished piece of work.

All levels of experience are welcome but we would usually expect beginners or those with limited experience. All tools are provided, as is oak and lime wood which both carve beautifully.


The week may run like this:

Monday: select an image, pattern or motif that is eye-catching and achievable in 5 days. Transfer this to the chosen timber blank by drawing.

Tuesday & Wednesday: "setting-in” or making the carving stand out boldly from the background.

Thursday & Friday: modelling and adding detail to complete the piece.

There will be lots of demonstrations and each attendee will receive a good deal of personal supervision and encouragement to work the timber confidently.

There will be an opportunity to display work informally on Friday afternoon.



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