Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Relief Carving 102 - 19-1

  • 16 Feb 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Multnomah Art Center Classroom 7, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy
  • 1


  • Open to everyone

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Relief Carving 102 - 19-1

If this class is full, put yourself on the WAITLIST or send an email to to get added.

This six hour class is for novice and intermediate carvers and provides an introduction to relief style carving using only two tools, and is almost entirely hands-on..

The project is small and deceptively simple, but will teach you important lessons about grain direction and how to use two fundamental tools useful for all carving.  You will have two opportunities to carve this project, once for practice and once to try to make it prettier.  It is a classical ornamental design that could be used for decorating box lids, furniture or mantel pieces.

If you've done some relief carving in the past this might be a good refresher and a good chance to practice more.

Experienced carver Jeff Harness will be the instructor, using Basswood.

You will need to bring the following:

Carving safety glove (reinforced Kevlar), if you have one, but we will have one to use if you want.

Sharp gouge and a V-tool. palm handles, mostly likely Flexcut brand but others will work.  Flexcut palm tools are 25% off at Woodcraft through January, but usually are 10% off there or at Woodcrafters. 
#3 fishtail gouge,  1/2" (Flexcut model FR443)
V-tool  3/8" or 1/2" (capable of making a 1/4" deep cut), 60 or 70 degrees, not a soft V.  (Flexcut model FR403).  Flexcut only sells 3/8" and 5/8".

Note taking material

The palm tools will be highly useful to you for future projects.  Locally Woodcrafters has the largest supply, but they might be available at Woodcraft, and can be found online at (, in Kennewick, WA), on Amazon and many other online retailers.

A powered sharpening system will be available so we can help you make sure your tools are sharp.

This is a one session class, and lunch will be provided.

The class is intended to help you experience one of the main styles of carving, and will be a good foundation in case you want to take a more advanced class from nationally-known professional carver Mary May, who will teach two day classes for advanced beginner and beyond carvers during Oct 2019..

For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at or 503-312-7745 (cell and text).

Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007



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