REGISTER APRIL 1
Figurative Wood Carving: Ears, Eyes, Nose, and Mouth—Michael de Forest
August 6 — 12
Using an old drafting technique, we will draw and transfer the form of a nose, a mouth, an eye or an ear onto a small block of basswood. Using cutting tools, detail knives, carving gouges, and sandpaper, we will shape the individual facial feature into the block. We’ll carve as many as five blocks to create a face, fewer to create part of a face, or do all noses. We’ll use 3D models and maquettes of heads and faces for reference. Once carved, we’ll paint the carved surfaces using a water-based, milk paint medium pigmented with your choice of fluid acrylic colors. Painting can be experimental, exploratory, technical or detailed. We will sand and burnish the paint, then apply and buff a cold wax to create a satin finish. We’ll make a simple stand to hold the pieces of your face. You’ll also learn tool sharpening techniques. All skill levels are welcome. Drawing and some carving skills are helpful. Class Material Fee: $60. Check out these amazing Pictures.
REGISTRATION STARTS APRIL 1, 2017
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TWO WEEK PARTICIPANTS: If you are taking BOTH one week workshops, please click the button below to see more options and requirements for two week participants.
CLASS SUPPLY LIST:
Please bring a small square (try square), a pencil, and any carving tools (including a small mallet or soft-faced hammer) you may have, dull or sharp
Kevlar or leather work gloves
Small Square (Try Square)
Your Carving Gouges
Mallet or Soft Faced Hammer
Detail Knife or Straight Bladed Chip Carving knife
Bring and wear: Safety Glasses, Kevlar or leather gloves, ear muffs
I have been a professional woodworker since 1975. I have taught in the Wood Department of Oregon College of Art and Craft since 1993 and taught children woodworking at Catlin Gabel School from 1996 until 2013. I received an MFA in 2001 from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and have been an adjunct professor in the BFA program at OCAC since graduating.
I use various methods of subtracting and adding, bending, and joining wood to create asymmetrical forms with compound curved surfaces. I have carved, turned, cut into segments, steam bent, bent laminated, veneered, painted, and stitched together. I use vacuum bags, steam, spray guns, dental tools, sewing tools, woodworking hand tools, and machines. My training is furniture making, my inclination is sculpture.
In 2009 and 2012, I traveled to Teshie, Ghana to study with Eric Adjetey Anang, maker of design coffin, also known as Abebuu Adekai (“boxes with proverbs”). Since my study with Eric, I have been making painted, hollow sculpture, including a 6-foot Salmon box, a 6-foot mask and a series of smaller masks based on mug shots both police and family.