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Developing Your Wood Muse

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September 15, 2023
September 18, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Workshop Overview

Participants will learn or increase carving skills, gouge and chisel techniques. We will become familiar with at least two different woods. Emphasis is on learning about woods and experimenting with tools to achieve desired results. Participants will give thought to design elements and how they relate to the wood and the tool. There will also be some use of power tools along with instructions for safe operation. Prior knowledge of tool usage is not necessary.

About the Instructor(s)

Having grown up around the sculptures of her father Roy Setziol, it is not surprising that Monica Setziol-Phillips decided to investigate the medium. It drew her in, and she has now been carving for over 35 years. The character and feel of the wood continue to excite her. Developing the relationship between tool, wood and imagination informs the work. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned with her students and feels she learns from them as well. Her own work is mostly abstract, as she understands that approach best and finds it most meaningful.

Monica seeks to enable students to learn from the wood and the tools. Each wood has its own character, its own beauty and difficulty. Students explore these connections and focus on learning techniques to bring wood, tools and skills together. Focus is also on nourishing and developing each student's unique creative spirit.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Paper

• Pencil

• Sharpie

• Ruler

• Three gouges 1" #3, 1/2 #4, 1/2" #5 if possible


• Any carving tools you might have and a mallet are welcome but not necessary

• Participants may also bring any wood they have to see if it would be suitable for the workshop

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Variety of gouges and chisels

• Several mallets

• Two different pieces of wood to carve for each Participant

• Bench brushes

• Sharpening stones

• Two Japanese hand saws

• Books and samples of different woods

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