During this two day course you will learn how to carve by exploring images and totems that have relevance to your life, history and environment. Whether you come with your own ideas or need inspiration to begin, you will be guided through drawing up your design and setting it out on to a freshly prepared round-wood pole.

We will work through the techniques involved in carving low or deep relief in the round and you will become familiar with the selection of tools appropriate for the job. The course is intended to be creative and enjoyable and whether you decide to do simple shapes, carve something from nature or cut a storyline full of distinctive features, you will come away with an experience of 3D carving and an understanding of techniques and tool-use that you can carry on practicing at your leisure.

Course Tutor: Karen Hansen

Karen Hansen designs with natural form using sustainable materials to create contemporary furniture and larger scale sculptural constructions. She has over the last 30 years developed a distinctive style in combining function and aesthetics to produce clean line designs for comfort, good use and longevity in both private and public spaces.

Her carving-skills have developed on the basis of past experience in the conservation of historic artefacts and interiors. She now uses the techniques as part of her sculptural construction and interpretation projects, where she works with form, texture detail and lettering.

She has been teaching and running workshops since 1987 and is passionate about developing good  connections between us and our environment as well as offering people the chance to learn through doing and think through making.


Course times: Saturday and Sunday; 9:30am - 5pm each day.
Includes a delicious seasonal lunch.
All materials and tools provided.