Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

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Letter Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-1

  • 22 Jan 2019
  • 05 Mar 2019
  • 3 sessions
  • 22 Jan 2019, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 12 Feb 2019, 12:00 PM 4:30 PM
  • 05 Mar 2019, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Guild Shop
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Letter Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-1

Some Carving experience helpful; a White Card is not required

Note:  This class has already started.  Because of the snow day on Feb 5th, the last two dates for this class have been updated, and might change again if there is more snow.

If this class is full, please add yourself to the Waitlist so we can notify you about a future class. If you are interested in this topic but can't take it now, send an email to

It is helpful if you have some prior carving experience, nominally the Introduction to Classical Carving class that Chuck teaches, or something close.  If you don't, please call one of the coordinators below to see if it makes sense for you to take this class.

This is a three session class on alternate Tuesdays to learn the basics of incised (not raised) letter carving.  This is a big topic and the class will be introductory, following the methods developed by master carver Chris Pye from the UK, as described in his book and on his web site.  Chuck will explain and demonstrate the various processes and coach you as you create a practice board.  The class is hands-on, and you will be expected to practice between sessions, which is the main reason the class sessions are spaced two weeks apart.

This class will use the a Roman font, about 2" high.  The basic techniques include cutting the straight letters, with serifs, and the curves on complex letters.  You will need several carving tools to support this work.  You will need a wide straight chisel (#1/30 or thereabouts, double bevel) for the long straight portions, a #1/12 double bevel for short straight segments, a #3/10 or #3/12 (British #4) fishtail for the serifs and a variety of curved gouges for the round portions of letters.  Details will be provided ahead of the class.  Some tools might be available for rental.

You will need to buy or borrow Chris Pye's book (Lettercarving in Wood, A Practical Course), which is out of print but sold used on Amazon, but is quite expensive.  You are encouraged to buy, download and watch Chris Pye's video lessons, formerly sold on DVD but now only available for download for $20, click here for a link to buy and download.

Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 25 have included an extensive background in Classical Carving.  This class sequence will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck has taught this class in Rochester, NY before moving to Portland in 2017.

The class is limited to six students because there is a lot of personal supervision and limited bench space.

The four hours per session will give you time to carve and experience a variety of techniques.  Most of the class is you carving, with some demonstrations.  Classes are every other week to give you time for homework.

The class will be held in three weekly sessions at the Guild Shop from 9:00 AM to 1:000 PM, but you can arrive up to 30 minutes early to help setup and do a little work.  You will be expected to do carving between sessions.  

Students should plan to bring a snack; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks.

The class coordinator is Steve Anderly, 503-422-3648 (text and cell); contact him for any questions.  The backup is Larry Wade,, 503-312-7745.

In order to complete your registration payment must be made online when registering, but no later than 7 days before the class. Please go online and use PayPal or Visa, and if mailing a check, make it to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the complete 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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