Viking Era Carving

Viking

Class Description

Beginning students will spend the first two days learning basic carving skills, which will include:

-practicing using knives, gouges and chisels -learning about grain direction when carving -learning to sharpen the tools and keep them sharp -how to achieve a smooth knife and gouge finish -basic safety steps when carving

The last three days for the beginning students will be the making of a simple, yet demanding project in Viking style (see image #3)

The practice times and project for the beginning students will be designed so that only about five tools will be needed.

Experienced students will have the opportunity for five days to chose to work on one of two different projects. (see images #1 and #2, which will be inspired by the Urness portal) The projects will be approximately 24” x 18”, with deep relief carving. Experienced carvers are expected to understand grain direction, familiarity with using gouges and knives, and sharpening.

A slide show will be given on Viking age woodcarving, the construction of the Oseberg Ship replica, and Norwegian stave churches.

 

Materials Charge for beginners: $25
Materials Charge for advanced: $ 60

Register by: April 1, 2019

A slide presentation will be given on Viking age woodcarving, the construction of the Oseberg Ship replica, and Norwegian stave churches.

TOOLS

For all students, you will need:

  • pencils and sharpener
  • white eraser
  • a clear plastic 12” ruler
  • leather strop
  • personal sharpening equipment (optional)
  • several clamps for securing carving to bench (optional)
  • mallet

For beginning students, you will need:

  • 1S/20mm (#05V95) #1 sweep skew-cut chisel
  • #2 sweep 12mm (#05B08) gouge
  • #3 sweep 12mm (#05C07) gouge
  • #8 sweep 7mm (#05F03) gouge
  • 3mm wide, left, skewed spoon gouge (#05L16)
  • Optional: right skewed spoon gouge (#05L19)

Any other carving tools would be helpful (see below). The instructor will have some tools available for students to use as well.

You can obtain Pfeil Swiss-made tools from Woodcraft. The series numbers above are from the Woodcraft print and online catalog.

For the advanced students the following tools will be helpful:

You can obtain the following Pfeil Swiss-made tools from Woodcraft. The series numbers below are from the print and online Woodcraft catalog.

  • #2 sweep 8mm (#05B07) gouge
  • #2 sweep 12mm (#05B08) gouge
  • #2 sweep 18mm (#05E37) gouge
  • #3 sweep 12mm (#05C07) gouge
  • #5 sweep 12mm (#05D05) gouge
  • #7 sweep 12mm (#05E42) gouge
  • #8 sweep 7mm (#05F03) gouge
  • #1 straight edge chisel (single bevel) 25 or 30mm (#05V04 or #05V06)
  • #1 skew 20mm double bevel (#05V95)

Note: if these specific ones are not available then get the closest size.

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday in Building #304.

If you have questions about the class, tools, etc., contact the instructor at: haavik@comcast.net

If you cancel your registration for a course less than or equal to 10 days prior to the beginning of class, we will keep 50% of the course fee.
If you cancel on or after the first day of class, you forfeit 100% of the course fee.

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Our mission is to inspire a lifelong passion for craftsmanship through education in woodworking and traditional building trades. We range in age from 10 to 85. At first glance you might wonder what brings us together. The answer: a shared love for woodworking. We’re serious about technique, we maintain a tireless work ethic, we thrive on helping each other problem solve, and we believe the only failure isn’t trying.

Our passions include: hand tools, joinery, fine furniture, Northwest Coast Arts, woodturning, tiny homes, Vardo Wagons and creating an inclusive, supportive community.

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