I like subtractive arts. Pt1.

One of the things I was most excited about finishing school was that I would now have the ability to TAKE MORE CLASSES! WHEEE…

"What?!" you say. For the first time in more than two decades of uninterrupted school, I'm no longer a full time student and I want to take classes? 


To be fair, many classes I want to take are more like workshops. Short periods of time where I can learn skills that I've wanted to learn for a long time. Top of that list is glassblowing…and still is. 

However, I got to try something new recently... 

Back in February, I signed up for a 2-part wood carving workshop at Cabrillo College as part of their SpringArts Extension Programs. Then I forgot when the date was for 2 months. I got to be happily surprised when my phone reminded me that I had class. This was 2 weeks ago.

Going into the workshop, I didn't know what to expect. Just some wood carving. I didn't know what type of carving or with what type of tools we'd be doing or using (Answers: relief carving, hand/palm chisels). I didn't know what I wanted to carve. My workshop-mates mostly retired and had hobby experience and/or were given tools by their fathers when they were young'ns. What did I have to say? I'm good with an X-acto blade on foam core?

I happy to report that Ron Cook, the instructor, was a wonderful teacher and let us learn about the tools and wood at our own pace and gave pointers when he sensed they were needed. We started off with a simple leaf carving. I think I chose an oak leaf (Nature has never really been a strong point of knowledge for me).

Then I decided I didn't want to do another leaf for my second carving so I used one of the templates that Ron had brought for follow up work. I picked the Celtic knot/dragon. That was a fun one where I tested out some of my fine motor skills and patience. It was nice to have another student working on the same carving too - emotional support. This was my second relief carving. 

Sadly the class was only 6 hours long. What would next week result it?

continued in "I like subtractive arts. Pt2."