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Mack Sutter Relief Carving Workshop 21-6

  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 9:30 AM
  • 4 Dec 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • Zoom
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Relief Carving Workshop

Registration deadline is Oct 23.  If full, add yourself to the waitlist.

Five 90 minute weekly sessions - on Zoom

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 two patterns as shown above, plus add in introductory session.  Depending on student interest, more sessions will be added to carve other patterns.  This series is designed for beginners but more experienced carvers are welcome.

To see all of Mack Sutter's projects and read background papers, click here.

DATES/TIMES - Five consecutive Saturdays, 9:30-11:00 AM, except Thanksgiving weekend.

COST - free tuition, wood ($12), plus book and strop (see below)

Tuition is waived while we cope with Covid.  Three Basswood blanks will be provided (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.   

ONLINE only until we are safe from the virus, then hybrid.

This class has worked well for most students over Zoom, but some prefer in-person.  We know it works with a mixture of students on Zoom and some in the teaching studio, but we don't expect it will be safe to do that again until after this class.  Each weekly session will nominally be 90 minutes with much time for carving but most of the carving will still be done privately between sessions.

ZOOM - students must be comfortable using Zoom. Zoom Participant Information and recommendations - HERE

WOOD - You will need three pieces of Basswood (or your alternative) 7" wide x 8 1/2" tall with grain oriented vertically, nominally 3/4+" thick.  You can provide your own but it is easier if you use the prepared material.  Two 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 or borrow from a library "The Book of Wood Carving" by Charles Marshall Sayers, cost new is about $12, but about less if bought used at Amazon, Abebooks.com or elsewhere.  Originally published in 1942 and reprinted by Dover, Mack Sutter used three of his 12 projects from this book.  It is a pithy resource 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, or you can make one with leather provided (just ask).  You will also need honing compound (green or AutoSol Metal Polish ($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 45 or 60 degree(6 or 8mm OK)

#11/1 mm

#3/10 (wider OK)

#5/16 mm (width can vary from 12 to 18 mm)

#9/10 mm  this width is required for the first project, but a as an alternative a #8/10 works

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

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