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Hi Freinds
I’ve had some long-term projects that have been sitting on a shelf for a long time and I decided to get them down and try and complete them.The reason I’ve put off completing these projects is they have lots of carving on them and having used a power carver on them, ( by my estimation they turned out pretty well given I’ve only had one other small carving project before.Getting back to my point ,even though I thought the carving I had done turned out very well,they still require a lot of sanding (hours and hours worth),this made me think that perhaps if the carving I had been done with carving chisels instead of a power carver they would have been much closer to a finished product.I started thinking back and I remembered Charles Neil had visited a carver on his online class (mastering woodworking class) who’s name is Mary May who also has an online class that teaches wood carving and offered a number of the classes for free,so I found her website online and have watched a number of her video classes.
I’m so very impressed by her talent and great ability to teach so clearly many techniques and processes involved with high-quality carving. I wanted to share this great resource and talent with you so if you have an interest in carving you too could enjoy Her great teaching and expert videos also. Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 06-18-2016 03:21 AM

Were as I have never taken a class with Mary I know she has taught at Mark Adams School of
Woodworking and has a great reputation on being a great carver and teacher. Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 06-18-2016 03:23 AM

Good link Jim, thanks!

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#3 posted 06-18-2016 03:51 AM

I’ll second Mary May’s great teaching abilities and her outstanding carving talents. I have several, if not all, of her DVDs that she sold before starting her online classes—great detail and step by step instruction.

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#4 posted 06-18-2016 04:03 AM

Thanks also Jim. I’m definitely going to check these out.

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#5 posted 06-18-2016 08:46 AM

Yes Jim, Mary May does have a great website. I signed up with her and I have done some of her relief carving projects and learned a few things. Carving is a lot of fun. I enjoy figure carving best, but a little relief carving on a box or a bowl, etc. can sure make a project a lot more interesting. Personally I shy away from power carving because of the noise and dust and the claustrophobia of wearing a dust mask and hearing protection, but a lot of beautiful art is created with them by folks who don’t mind the discomforts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-18-2016 09:54 AM

I took a week long course from here at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. It was great fun and I learned a lot. Her website is really helpful too, although I’ve only used the free part of it.

Chris Pye, who is an incredible carver and also a great teacher, also has an online school:

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 06-18-2016 11:12 AM

Thanks, Jim. i have a carving project sitting on my bench because I don’t quite know how to get started on it.

Cheers, Jim

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#8 posted 06-18-2016 12:04 PM

Thanks for your comments everyone ,seems like I’m late to the party compared to some of you.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 06-18-2016 12:45 PM

Thanks for the tip. Carving is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to learn but have struggled with just reading and trying to self teach. Seeing some one do it is the best way for me. I’ll definitely be taking a closer look at this.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 06-18-2016 12:49 PM

That works best for me too Lazy.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-18-2016 12:54 PM

here is a video of some of Marys work, she carved a bed I made, she is excellent

I have only taken 1 Woodworking class in my life and it was a week with Mary May .. quite impressive.

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#12 posted 06-18-2016 12:58 PM

Thanks for having her on your show to start with and the link Charles.

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#13 posted 06-18-2016 03:45 PM

Thanks for sharing that Jim. Myself I haven’t done a lot of wood carving. When I do carve some it’s usually sitting on the bank in the shade, one eye on my fishing pole, one eye on my whittling. I carve walking sticks from time to time.

I do know what you mean about a lot of sanding trying to achieve the desired finish. When I’ve made bowls with the router using a core box bit most of the work is done by hand sanding.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#14 posted 06-18-2016 04:59 PM

In my opinion, the 2 most important things to learn up front is how to sharpen and understand grain direction.

if you look at the video I posted above and look at the carving , you note it looks shiny , almost wet. Thats because Mary carved with super sharp chisels and understood the grain, none of the carvings , even on something this elaborate , require any sanding whatsoever , just amazing

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#15 posted 06-18-2016 05:13 PM

She does amazing work, thanks for posting this Jim. Hope all is well.

-- Brian Noel

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