Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

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Foundations of Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-3

  • 07 Sep 2019
  • 21 Sep 2019
  • 3 sessions
  • 07 Sep 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
  • 14 Sep 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
  • 21 Sep 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
  • Multnomah Art Center - Classroom 7
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Foundations of Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 19-3

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This is a three week class that covers the essential topics with a lot of hands-on work, to prepare you for more adventuresome projects, including for Mary May's hands-on classes.

Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 25 have included an extensive background in classical European carving.  This will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck taught carving classes in Rochester, NY before moving here in 2017.

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

This class requires a modest investment in specific carving tools, and a detailed list can be seen by clicking here, which shows tools in both major numbering systems (metric and imperial, Swiss and British).  Cost of new tools could be in the range of $200-300.  Follow-on classes will require more tools, which you can acquire over time.  However, the Guild was able to buy a rather substantial collection from an estate, and we have rentable sets available for $50 for the duration of the class as a way to recoup our investment and to help you.  

The four hours per session are mostly you carving, with some demonstrations and initial lectures.

The class will be held in three sessions at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC) on consecutive weeks, but you should arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to set up your bench and get organized.  You will be expected to do carving between sessions.  Practice exercises are planned as a way for you to build specific skills and to expose you to a variety of tools and techniques.

You will be required to purchase or borrow Chris Pye's popular book called "Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual "(Fox Chapel), about $15 on Amazon, lower price if used, Powell's might have it, and copies are sometimes available in libraries.

One exercise will focus on using a veiner (#11), which is described in the book, but you can also preview this exercise online by clicking here.  There will be additional exercises to introduce other basic tools.

Students should plan to bring any food they need; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks and a few snacks.

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

In order to complete your registration payment must be made, preferably 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 class title on the memo line (especially the date code at the end, 19-2) and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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