Ornamental Carving: Focus on Flowers

Chris Pye
September 11-15

In this intermediate-level course, students hone their skills through an exploration of classic carved flowers such as the daisy, hellebore, peony and tulip. Chris offers expert guidance in both design and technique. Among other aspects of design, participants learn to stylize floral designs to suit wood as a medium and then begin to assemble these simple flowers into artful clusters, swags, or bouquets. Chris’ instruction on technique emphasizes smooth, precise, flowing cuts; how to work with regard to the grain; and how to leave work straight from the chisel.

As this is an intermediate course, students are expected to bring a good selection of carving tools and be able to sharpen them.

From his studio in Herefordshire, England, Chris Pye works on a broad spectrum of commissions, including lettering, heraldry, furniture ornamentation, architectural carving, and sculpture. He is a Member of the Master Carvers Association and his clients include HRH the Prince of Wales. Chris has some 39 years of experience as a carver, and is the author of seven books, six of which are from GMC Publications Ltd. These include: Woodcarving Tools, Materials, and Equipment, Volumes 1 & 2 (1995, 2002); Lettercarving in Wood (1997); Relief Carving: a Practical Introduction (1998); and Woodcarving Projects and Techniques (2007). Fox Chapel Publications put out Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual in 2010. Since 2011, Chris has offered instruction through a video-rich website: woodcarvingworkshops.tv.


Open to intermediate carvers.

Tuition: $770

Pye 2017 flower 2Stylized Hellebore flower carved by Chris Pye, jelutong (3” dia.), 2016



 Pye 2017 swagSwag of Flowers by Chris Pye, limewood (19x7 1/2x3"), 2016