This is a unique opportunity to learn from master teacher and international award winning wood carver, Mary May. Mary runs a carving academy online and our of her Charleston, SC shop.
"Learning to carve the acanthus leaf is – for carvers – like a pianist learning a Chopin étude, a young oil painter studying the genius of Rembrandt or an aspiring furniture maker learning to cut dovetails by hand.
Much of the course will be based on Mary's new book. This will be the only opportunity to for this class as Mary is not offering it anywhere else. Starting with basics, drawing, design, the class will quickly progress to more and more advanced levels of carving, using the acanthus design as the basic motif. Graduates of the class should be ready to tackle almost any design
This will be the experience of a lifetime to learn form one of the finest master teachers in the world at beautiful seaside Camden, Maine.
All materials will be provided. A small materials fee will be added.
Here's a recent student comment: ""I had the privilege of taking a weekend carving class with Mary. Rarely do you find an instructor so instantly likable, and whom you would immediately like to know better apart from the course of study. Besides her kind demeanor, one cannot help but be intrigued by the hints of her own story she reveals in the course of instruction – things like studying in Greece, living in Charleston, etc. I’m not surprised to hear of her parents’ unusual paths. The description of her dad makes me think of “Shop Class as Soulcraft,” and her career so far seems to me to exemplify the Aristotelian idea of “eudaemonia” – excellence or human flourishing as manifested through fulfillment of one’s gifts/calling.
Carving doesn’t yet find a high enough place in my priorities (in competition with family and professional priorities) for me to have progressed, yet that class is a fabulous memory. I still show off my only carved “ball and claw” foot whenever a guest asks to see my little garage shop. I wish I had the time to study with her often."