Ornamental Carving

Andrei Marek
August 9-13

This course gives students a solid foundation in traditional skills for carving furniture and architectural details. Participants develop a confident understanding of the selection, sharpening, and safe handling of gouges and V-tools, and the cutting properties of wood. Andrei begins the class with a series of exercises that establish a vocabulary of basic cuts. Participants expand on these by carving shells, followed by acanthus leaves, which are the central form from which all classical carving stems.

Instruction covers the full process of ornamental carving, starting with drawings and ending with surfaces that are finished straight from the chisel.

Andrei Marek is a self-employed woodcarver in High Point, NC with more than four decades of professional experience. He formally trained in carving and fine woodworking at the CPL Arad trade school in his native Romania, from which he graduated in 1973. For the next 18 years, Andrei worked in Romania as a production and restoration carver and designer. Projects included the historic Romanian Royal Palace, Cotroceni, in Bucharest; Peles Castle in Sinaia; and the Palace of the Parliament, in Bucharest. In 1991, Andrei emigrated to the U.S., where he worked as a master carver at Baker Furniture for twelve years before setting up an independent workshop. While at Baker, Andrei designed and carved the wood valance in the Portico Room in the White House, which won an award from the American Society of Interior Designers.



Open to all.



Tuition: $840


May-hand-carvingStudents begin by learning a vocabulary of basic cuts through exercises like thisMay1Fireplace mantle by Andrei Marek, mahogany (128”x12”x128”), 2001