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Summer 2023: Woodcarving

Venue: Artists Studio Co., Brixton, London

Dates: This workshop ran for five days from Monday 21st August 2023 until Friday 25th August 2023.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

In this intensive five day course, you will learn the basics of woodcarving using traditional hand tools in a professional woodcarver’s workshop. You will learn how to use a set of chisels and a mallet to carve wood using various different techniques that have been used by woodcarvers for centuries. 


We will start with an introduction to the different types of cuts each chisel can make in the wood, and you will carve a geometrical pattern using a technique called chip carving. Then we will practice some carving techniques using a mallet, and you will be taken step by step through the process of making a three dimensional woodcarving from a block of limewood, working from an existing carving as a reference. You will learn how to rough out the wood, carve in the major forms, and add detail to finish your carving. You will also learn how to use a leather strop to maintain a sharp edge on your chisels. 


This workshop will be taught by Takako Jin, who has spent the last decade working professionally as a woodcarver and gilder, restoring some of the finest examples of English 18th century carved and gilded antiques as well as working on commissions for newly designed pieces. Takako also teaches woodcarving on the BA and Post Graduate programmes at The City & Guilds of London Art School, where she helps to develop the skills and artistry of the next generation of artists and artisans working in wood. 



This workshop will start daily at 10am and finish by approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Sculpture, Fine Art, Museum Conservation, Furniture Making, Art and Furniture Restoration, Musical Instrument Making, 3D Design, Architecture and Product Design (to name a few).


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 2 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early.


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