"Release a Wood-Spirit Make a Walking Stick"
Dates: July 24, 25 and 26
Time: 9am- 12 pm
Instructor: Mark Paul
Cost: 85 per person plus $15 in material and $30 tool rental fee (if needed)
Ages: 15 years and up
BluSeed Studios will present an introduction to woodcarving class titled: "Release a Wood Spirit Carve a Walking Stick ", led by woodcarver Mark Paul.
This class gives beginning and experienced wood carvers an opportunity to carve a wood-spirit face in a locally harvested walking stick. The class will cover carving safety, carving tool care and use and how to select, season and prepare a walking stick blank. As the class carves, particular attention will be paid to your personally designed wood-spirit's eyes and flowing hair and beard.
It is important to note that woodcarving tools are razor sharp, cuts are not uncommon. The instructor strongly recommends the use of cut resistant carving gloves. Tools to be had or rented our: a sharp carving knife and assorted gouges 6mm V-tool, 9mm #3 gouge, 8mm #6 gouge and a 2mm No. 11 Veiner. The instructor will have a limited number of tools to rent during the class. For those students that desire to continue to apply their new carving skills, blanks, carving gloves, knives and gouges will be available for purchase.
Paul is a retired forestry instructor and has s been working with wood all his life. Wood craving allows Mark to combine his love for art and his reverence for wood. He carves in a rustic old world folk style and especially enjoys "releasing" wood spirits from "found wood". Mark has taught woodcarving in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and Vermont but he is proudest of his work with Saranac Lake Middle School Carving Club. In conjunction with the Saranac Lake School Art Department; Mark has taught more than 100 young artist/carvers over the past 5 years.
To reserve a spot or for further information, visit: bluseedstudios.org or call 518-891-3799.
Bluseed Studios, located at 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide space where artists have the opportunity to experiment, diverge, exhibit and perform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward; to share this diversity with the community.