Virtual Visit: Mary will do both her Friday evening presentation and her Saturday workshop via Zoom.

European trained woodcarver, Mary May, has been carving for over 30 years and currently works out of her studio in Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in traditional, classical woodcarving. She takes on carving commissions from furniture makers, designers, and architects as well as creates her own designs. Mary teaches woodcarving at a variety of schools throughout the US and Europe and has her own online, video-based carving school – www.marymaycarving.com.

Mary May

She recently completed her first book, Carving the Acanthus Leaf (published through Lost Art Press), and has written articles for Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Woodcarving Illustrated, and the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Mary has also appeared as a guest on Roy Underhill’s PBS Show, The Woodwright’s Shop four times. Her desire in all that she shares is to help keep this beautiful and traditional art alive and vibrant.

Mary’s Friday presentation (April 16th @ 6:45)

The Friday evening talk Mary will share about her woodcarving journey and how she got started in traditional woodcarving. She will discuss tools used and basic carving techniques, and will do a short carving demo.

Mary’s Saturday morning demonstration workshop (April 17th from 9am – 11am)

Mary will go more in-depth into the tools and techniques used for traditional relief carving. She will show how to sharpen carving gouges using methods that have been used for centuries. Mary will carve a shallow relief carving of a flower and specifically focus on the tricks to making it appear deeper than it actually is, techniques of using of a limited number of tools for complex shapes, and will share various “trade secrets” in how to achieve a realistic carving.

The cost of this workshop is $10.

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The Zoom link for the Friday meeting will be sent to members via email. A Zoom link for the Saturday workshop will be sent to all of those who register within 12 hours of the start time.

Our Friday meetings and lectures will begin at 6:45 this year. Guest presentations will begin around 7:00pm.

More general information about the nature and format of our meetings and lectures (at normal times) is available here.