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Small Bowls in Four Woods-Feb2023

  • 4 Feb 2023
  • 4 Mar 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • 4 Feb 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • 11 Feb 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • 18 Feb 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • 4 Mar 2023, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Zoom or instructor's shop near Beaverton
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Small Bowls in Four Woods


This is a class for beginners to learn and practice carving small (4"), shallow bowls and experience a variety of soft and hard woods (Basswood, Butternut, Alder, Walnut or Cherry).  Insides will be round, oval, square, heart shaped - shallow or deep.  Outsides can be round, square, rectangular, or shaped.  Holding the work safely provides many lessons.  Learning to carve the inside of a bowl transfers to carving a spoon or other shapes.

Tools and Wood must be picked up at the instructor's house north of Beaverton.

TOOLS  - Loaner tools are available.  Hardwoods will require a mallet (available for loan), and mallet-ready (long handled) tools.  Forming the outside will require you to use a coping saw, bandsaw or scroll saw - yours, the instructors, or a friends.  The tools required are:

Steep gouge, medium width, a #9, #10 or #11 in the 12-16 mm range

Flat gouge, medium width, a #3 or #4 in the 10-16 mm range

Spoon or short bent #5 or #6 in the 8- 12 mm range or a hook knife

Common carving knife, roughout or sturdy detail, about 1 1/2" blade

Mallet in the 12-20 oz range (or a river rock!)

Carbon paper

Sharpened and ready to go!

COVID - If the pandemic dictates the in-person option might be removed.  The three car garage allows up to four students and the instructor to be safely distanced.  Masks are optional.  

COST - Depends on how you register

$50 for tuition, loaner tools and wood

$40 for tuition and loaner tools

$40 for tuition and wood

$30 for tuition only

WOOD - Instructor provided, but you can provide your own.


Two sturdy F or C clamps (Harbor Freight will do)

Bench hook (carving hook),  see article collection here

Carving glove and thumb guard (or vet wrap)

Strop and honing compound 

Sturdy work surface that will hold the clamps

Access to a coping saw, bandsaw, or scrollsaw

(Optional) A good gooseneck task light

FINISHES - Student provided.  Most likely a food-safe wax and mineral oil product.

WORKSHOP LEADER - Larry Wade, 503-312-7745, lpwade@gmail.com

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

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