Beginning and Intermediate Traditional Woodcarving
Instructor: Helen Gibson
Weekly: Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All levels are welcome. No experience required.
Explore the woodcarving traditions of The Brasstown Carvers. Carve animals, ornaments, or walking sticks while you practice knife work to better grasp the intricacies of forms, tools, and techniques. Along with technical instruction in three-dimensional and relief carving, Helen will share her personal experiences growing up and developing as an artist within the carving community, sharing a unique oral history that explores the aesthetic and background of this tradition.
*We require all individuals over the age of two to wear appropriate masks in the classroom while participating in a workshop or event.
A materials fee of $15 is payable to Olive's Porch at the time of the workshop.
*Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.
About Helen Gibson:
Helen, the Folk School's Resident Woodcarver since 1990, is a Brasstown Carver in the famed local tradition. She studied with Jack Hall and is one of the few instructors who still carves and teaches the Brasstown Nativity figures she illustrates in her books, "Carving the Nativity" and "The Animals of the Nativity." These, along with her books on carving Moses and St. Francis of Assisi, depict her highly detailed style of carving in the round. Helen teaches workshops throughout the Southeast.