Centre for Fine Woodworking - Carving Courses

New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school




Introduction to Surface Decoration Carving

This course covers incised and low relief carving. These techniques will be of interest to cabinet makers wanting to apply carved decoration to furniture, and also to woodcarvers interested in developing their skills.

During the first three days, we will work on incised carving, which includes chip carving and extends the idea into pictorial work and lettering. Traditionally, this type of carving has been used for the embellishment of household items, and is well suited to the decoration of boxes.

The final two days will be devoted to low relief work. The project will be a sampler suitable for edging a table top or door panel. This style is seen frequently on vintage and antique furniture, and will be familiar to everyone.

Familiarity with woodworking techniques will be assumed, although some basic sharpening techniques for woodcarving tools will be covered. The two parts of this course can be done individually.

Course Dates & Course Fees:
3rd, 4th & 5th August 2018 – Incised Carving $585
6th & 7th August – Low Relief Carving $390
Tutor: Geoff Korver


Enrolling on a course

To enrol on a course or workshop - please complete the form below. As the maximum number of students we have in any class is eight, some of our courses fill up quickly so please check with us first if there is a space available - we wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

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Introduction to Surface Decoration Carving

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