Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

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Designing a Monogram with Chuck Rinehart

  • 08 Jun 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Location is Multnomah Art Center - Classroom 7
  • 5

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Designing a Monogram with Chuck Rinehart


      Instructor- Chuck Rinehart




This class will focus exclusively on designing a monogram that you can then carve yourself, or take a hands-on workshop in the future (not scheduled yet).

The design process will be demonstrated and you will use a reference book that you will be loaned to you, to pick a pattern based on your own three initials.  The process involves a copier, tracing paper and your own creativity to merge classical design elements from the text.  Once you understand the process from the class, you will know enough to experiment with other design options, before deciding when, whether and how to carve it.

Normally this front-end design process would be part of a three session workshop but with summer approaching, we want to at get started so students who are self-directed can tackle the subsequent routing and carving on their own.  For others, we will create a separate class/workshop to help with the carving and related steps.

The eventual work requires a fair amount of skill and prior carving experience is needed, such as Foundations of Classical Carving or Carving a Border.

This design class involves no carving.  You will be working with the text, paper, pencil and your own gray matter.


COST of the class is $50, including a copy of the text that you can borrow, if you don't want to buy one yourself ($10-15 used), or can't find one in a library.  The text is "Monograms and Alphabetic Devices" by Hayward and Blanche Cirker, about $20 new and about $12 used with shipping on Amazon.


If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


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