Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

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October Guild Monthly Meeting - Mary May Carving Presentation

  • 15 Oct 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Multnomah Arts Center - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


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October Guild Meeting - 
Mary May Carving Presentation
Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland


The meeting is 7:00 - 9:00, she will start around 7:15.  Social time starts at 6:30.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required but is encouraged so we can plan.

Mary May is a nationally-known wood carver, who is teaching classes for us this week, returning after her first visit five years ago.  She was trained in and practices European traditional style carving, with a wide variety of examples.  She lives in Charleston, SC and spends her time in thirds - commissions, teaching, and running an online carving school.

For this evening's presentation, Mary will focus on topics and examples that relate to mostly non-carver furniture makers.  The broad topic is Carving Examples for Furniture Makers, but the underlying theme is, Why Consider Carving?

Woodworkers understand that a blend of power and hand tools is usually needed for most projects.  Hand tools considered essential are usually saws, planes and chisels, but not so often gouges.  Traditional woodworkers in the past frequently embellished their projects with decorative or functional carving.  Carving will be held up as an essential skill, not just for those who want to carve per se.

In addition to this free evening program, Mary is teaching in three for-fee classes that are listed on the Education Calendar:

- Tues Oct 15th, Hints and Helps for Carvers, 10:00 - 2:00
- Wed/Thur Oct 16/17 - two day class, Letter Carving and Personalization
- Sat/Sun Oct 19/20 - two day class, Scallop Shells and Fans, Convex and Concave

For more information, click here.  Her online school has six free lessons that are very helpful to new carvers, including two on sharpening by hand.

For any questions, contact Larry Wade, 503-312-7745,

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