Class: 18th Century Wood Carving with Kaare Loftheim (2 Days)

$320.00

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CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

CLASS LENGTH: 2 Days

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Join Colonial Williamsburg woodworker Kaare Loftheim for two days of classical wood carving instruction. Students will learn to sharpen their carving gouges, learn wood carving fundamentals through some preliminary carving exercises, then move to carving a traditional ball and claw foot. This class is open to beginners, but will also be helpful to those with some more advanced carving experience.

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Description

Over two days students will have the amazing opportunity to learn the fundamentals of traditional wood carving from one of the world’s most experienced hand tool woodworkers, Kaare Loftheim. Students will properly shape and sharpen their carving gouges, learn wood carving fundamentals through some preliminary carving exercises, then implement their new skills into carving the traditional ball and claw foot. This class is open to beginners, but will also be helpful to those with some more advanced carving experience.

ball and claw foot wood carving kaare loftheim side view

Class Syllabus:

DAY 1:

  • Shaping and sharpening carving chisels
  • Learn claw foot aesthetics and leg pattern
  • Preliminary carving exercises
  • Layout ball and claw on profiled leg blank

DAY 2:

  • Carving the ball and claw foot

ball and claw foot wood carving kaare loftheim front view

About the Instructor:

Kaare Loftheim standing with a hand planer next to a wooworking workbench at the Anthony Hay Cabinetmakers Shop at Colonial Williamsburg

Kaare Loftheim became a cabinetmaker at the Anthony Hay’s Cabinetmaking Shop at Colonial Williamsburg in 1980. Over the past four decades Kaare distinguished himself as an expert on building classical furniture, using only 18th century hand tools. Kaare has spent countless hours not only building furniture, but demonstrating to millions of Williamsburg visitors and at the annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. He is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) and the Mid West Tool Collector’s Association (M-WTCA). You can see Kaare Loftheim featured in these videos & articles of the Anthony Hay’s Cabinetmaking Shop at Colonial Williamsburg:

Materials Fee:

The class material fee is $25. It is payable to the instructor before or on the day of the class. This class also requires students to bring some of their own tools:

Pfiel swiss made chisels

  • #5/16mm (5/8”) carving gouge (similar to this gouge)
  • #8/13mm (9/16”) carving gouge (similar to this gouge)
  • #12/8mm (60-degree V 3/8” or larger) carving gouge (similar to this gouge)
  • #1/12mm or #2/12 mm (or a 1/2″bench chisel)
  • #7/14mm (9/16″)
  • #3/16mm (5/8″) or 3f/16 (fishtail)
  • #49 Cabinetmaker’s Rasp (or similar second cut rasp)
  • Optional: #8a/10mm spoon carving gouge (similar to this gouge)
  • Tools provided by the school (which you can bring if you prefer): Mallet, spokeshave, folding rule, calipers, dividers, pencil.
  • Also, this Shaaf carving set is really affordable and good quality, and has about 5 tools that can replace those above. We’ll let you know which ones ASAP.

Kaare Loftheim carved flower detail on a candle stand at colonial williamsburg

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students.

Student Tool Discounts from Lee Valley & Lie-Nielsen:

After you’ve registered for a class, you are eligible for a discount from Lee Valley (Veritas) and Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Lee Valley offers a 15% discount, and a discount form PDF will be available for download in your Wood and Shop dashboard after your purchase. For a 10% discount from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, you need to place a phone order and tell them that you are a registered student at the Wood & Shop Traditional Woodworking School. The discounts aren’t available after the end of the class.

Photos from Past Classes:

Additional information

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Mon-Tue May 11-12, 2020