What sightings inspire your walks in nature? Pelicans flying over spindrifts? Hearing a woodpecker sounding loud then seeing its red? Sparrows and finches appearing and disappearing in the brambles? Keeping the scale small to the size of your hand, learn to carve one of your favorites out of basswood, from a rough sketch to handheld sculpture using a knife and a few chisels. Safety and basic tool skills are emphasized: Wearing a Kevlar glove protects the hand holding the pieces of wood, and using a bench hook as a portable workbench decreases the physical stress of carving. Quick set glues allow addition of other small pieces of wood (wings, etc.). A sense of humor is a boon and a benefit when mistakes become opportunities. This workshop will prepare you to carve on your own at home or while on vacation, whenever thoughts of flying inspire creation.
Stan Peterson’s approach to teaching is individualized to the skill level and interest of the students. He assists each person in finding their own voice and vision through making art. He has taught drawing, relief printmaking and woodcarving for more than 25 years to a wide variety of emerging and mid-career artists. He believes storytelling, humor and a traveled perspective from visiting carvers in Santa Fe, Oaxaca and Bali inform the ways we sit down together with a piece of wood, some sharp tools and a few hours.
Stan Peterson is a professional wood sculptor living in Portland. He is currently represented by Imogen Gallery, Hanson Howard Gallery and Guardino Gallery in Oregon.
• Kevlar glove (safety protection for the hand holding wood while whittling)
• New Flexcut knife/s (All Flexcut tools come pre-sharpened)
• Individual bench hooks
• Loaner chisels, files, and other tools
• Encouragement and good humor