Earlier this month I took a three day carving class by a world famous instructor. I have always wanted to go to one of his classes. Usually his classes have a fee of 250 dollars. Our carving group along with another carving group submitted a grant and we got the funding..the cost of the class was reduced to 40 dollars.
I have books by the carving instructor ( word instructor used loosely.) I was really looking forward to the class. Far Guy covered for me at work so I could go.
The instructor lectured for awhile..he taught even less. He left us all to carve whatever we wanted..there was no instruction..no hold your knife this way and make this cut..then do this next. I wanted step by step instruction.
The people in the class pretty much helped each other out like we usually do. I was really disappointed. I really needed help with my right and lefts..I have trouble getting both sides of a carving to look alike. It is a visual thing..and it is something I struggle with.
After three days I have a carving. It still needs work.
Meet Walter..in progress. He needs some eyes and maybe a touch of sandpaper here and there and paint.
These are caricatures..they are supposed to look a little funny and bring a smile to your face. Is he worth 40 bucks ..maybe..he certainly isn’t worth a 250 class fee. I didn’t buy any more of this guys books, or his knives or his wood blanks to carve more figures. Sometimes I think these fancy smancy instructors are just in the classroom to sell their wares instead of teaching their craft.
In a week or so we will begin a new bark carving class..I am looking forward to it. It is supposed to be a large bark project that is carved in halves and then glued together..I think they call it bark in the round:)