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(Free) Mack Sutter Relief Carving Workshop 21-4

  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 9:30 AM
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • Zoom
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Relief Carving Workshop

Registration Deadline is one week before the class (7/3).  If full, add yourself to the waitlist

Six 90 minute weekly sessions - online only

The link will be sent once you register


Mack Sutter taught carving for 40 years using a series of 12 relief patterns that became progressively more difficult.  This workshop will carve the first three patterns as shown.  Depending on student interest, more sessions might be added to carve other patterns.  This series is designed for beginners but more experienced carvers are welcome.

DATES/TIMES - Six consecutive Saturdays, 9:30 - 11:00 AM.

COST - free except for materials ($16) and any shipping charges

Tuition is waived because we are testing concepts and processes.  Four Basswood blanks will be provided including one for practice.  Free loaner tool sets with six tools are usually available to be mailed or picked up at the Instructor's home near Beaverton.  Cost to mail the wood and tools is $15.50, plus your cost to mail the tools back.

WORKSHOP LEADER is Larry Wade.  This is different than a typical "class" where you would be spoon-fed but rather it is a collaborative effort to explore how to carve each project.  


A goal of the workshop is to test the feasibility of teaching and learning online.  Each weekly session will nominally be 90 minutes with some time for carving but most of the carving will be done privately between sessions.

ZOOM - students must be comfortable using Zoom

Zoom Participant Information and recommendations - HERE

WOOD - You will need four pieces of Basswood (or your alternative) exactly 7" wide x 8 1/2" tall with grain oriented vertically in the range of 3/4" to 1" thick.  You can mill your own but it is far easier if you use the prepared material.  Three are for the projects and one is for practice.  They will need to be picked up at the instructor's house a little north of Beaverton or they can be mailed to you USPS Priority mail for $15.50.

You will need to buy "The Book of Wood Carving" by Charles Marshall Sayers, cost new is about $12, but about half that if used at Amazon, Abebooks.com or elsewhere.  Originally published in 1942 and reprinted by Dover, Mack Sutter used three of his projects from this book.  It is a pithy resource and one worth owning and reading in its own right. 

Loaner tools are available for no charge.  You will need a strop, which we can sell for $20 if needed.  You will also need green honing compound or AutoSol Metal Polish (about $12).  If you provide your own tools you will need the following, either long or palm handed.

Carving knife (detail, longish blade)

V tool - 10mm 35 or 45 degree preferred, 60 degree OK (6 or 8mm OK)

#11/1 mm (nothing wider)

#3/10 (wider OK)

#5/16 mm

#9/10 mm  this width is required for the first project

Address: Oregon Carvers Guild, 3110 NW Linmere Dr, Portland, Oregon 97229
Email: oregoncarvers@gmail.com

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