6 hour workshop
The day begins with tea, biscuits and gathering as a group. This is a time to share our names and our own experiences of working with wood. This workshop is as much about humans learning to work together as it is about carving wood. This also allows Stephen, your teacher, time to gauge the skills of the individuals.
Stephen will give a demonstration of the tools you will use and the basic techniques/safety requirements to get the group going.
The workshop has always got three to four large public wood sculptures on the go, designed for local causes, of which to be donated. There will always be work needed to be done to sculptures that allows the participants to learn all the levels of Wood carving.
The carving process will start by learning the initial stage of blocking out. This is a hard, physical process where you use large chisels and a lot of force. With only hand tools to be used, it pushes you to learn how to be efficient with your energy and technique. It is a real work out for your upper body and such good fun as a group to do!
To keep the energy flowing you will then move round the circle and start to work, in finer detail, upon what the last group has blocked out. This is where more creative decisions come into play. But don't worry, you will be supported at all stages throughout the day.
After lunch (a beautiful vegan and vegetarian meals is provided) we will get on with the finer detail using the finest chisels. This is the final surface of the sculpture and your mark making will be offered directly to the public sphere.
Stephen hopes to share his enthusiasm for carving and public sculpture. With over 30 years of experience, try your best to take in as much information as you can!
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Creative nature HQ
Creative nature HQ is a collective of artists, makers and designers who believe that we are all inherently creative. It is their job as teachers to nurture and reveal these qualities in every one we teach. Creative nature HQ have defined five disciplines that encompass all the skills of our group: to draw, carve, build, weave and cast.
You can access these workshops in different studios around south London. Their main location is Creative Nature HQ , East Greenwich, that specialises in wood carving, weaving and construction on a monumental scale. We love to teach, to give people the confidence to use tools and with that a confidence grows and a world of making opens up before them.
Stephen Stockbridge is the director of Creative nature HQ, from this tranquil making space Stephen shares his passion for making with natural materials. Slowing down, being in the moment and fully engaged with what you are doing is the foundation of everything that happens here.
Come join the club, learn, live and make! Looking forward to meeting you.
Bring comfortable work clothes and sensible footwear, there are sharp and heavy things around the workshop so protect your feet. **A beautiful Vegan and Vegetarian lunch will be provided** or there are a choice of 5 cafes for lunch within a five minute walk, hot drinks and biscuits are in plentiful supply. There is plenty of free parking on site and we have good transport links. If you have any of your own chisels you would like to bring in that would be great. I also run a tool sharpening service. All the tools and materials are provided. The sculpture goes to the public, but you take home memories, new skills and new friendships.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.