Instructor: Stephen Shaheen
Dates: October 6-7
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Class Limit: 6
Novices and seasoned sculptors alike can benefit from this class, honing their chisel control under expert guidance. For beginners, this course is stone carving bootcamp, and will leave you with a solid foundation in essential chiseling skills. You will be led, step-by-step, through the first lesson that Italian sculptors confront in the studio: carving geometric elements, such as a section of egg-and-dart cornice, or a kitchen mortar. By the end of this project, you will know the hammer and chisel like never before. This class focuses exclusively on working by hand, though if you finish your first project, you can optionally begin a second using pneumatic tools.
Use of all fundamental chisels and hammers will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will engage in every aspect of the carving process: from roughing out the form with chisels to finishing it with rasps, sanding stones and other abrasives. Additionally, participants will learn about stone selection, pre-carving preparation, and workplace safety concerns. The use of more advanced tools such as diamond saws will be demonstrated.