Chris developed this course over years of teaching beginners in his Herefordshire studio and then turned it into a book: Relief Carving: A Practical Introduction (GMC Publications, 1998), which serves as the course text. During the week, Chris leads students step-by-step through two projects designed to give them a thorough grounding in low-relief and high-relief carving.
The course offers a strong foundation in carving skills applicable to decorative panels, architectural details, furniture, and carving in the round. Students develop a confident understanding of the functions of the various carving tools and how to sharpen and handle them; relief design and working wood grain; lining in, grounding out, setting in, modeling, and undercutting; finishing from the chisel; and many other aspects of the carving process.
From his studio in Herefordshire, England, Chris Pye works on a broad spectrum of commissions, including lettering, heraldry, furniture ornamentation, architectural carving, and sculpture. A Member of the Master Carvers Association, clients include HRH the Prince of Wales. Chris has some 35 years of experience as a carver, and is the author of seven books. Among the six from GMC Publications Ltd. are 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. In 2011, Chris launched a video-rich instructional website: www.woodcarvingworkshops.tv.
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