“I love making these little sculptures of boats, I’m not trying to make a model, I just want to create something that captures the essence of boats and their promise of freedom and adventure.”

Boats have beautiful lines and capturing the movement in the sail and the way light falls on the form is the key to success. Their lines are beautiful and inherently sculptural.

In this class, you’ll be able to explore your own creative ideas and create a piece that sparks the imagination and is full of whimsy. We’ll be using Huon Pine, a timber synonymous with boats. It’s also beautiful and exquisite to carve.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • Timber and tool selection
  • Design
  • Creating a blank
  • Carving techniques
  • Finishing – sanding, texturing, painting and charring (shou sugi ban)
  • Tool maintenance and sharpening
  • Mounting work

All tools and timber are supplied, just bring a notepad and pencil. If you have carving tools of your own that you’d like to use feel free to bring them.

You’re very welcome if you’re new to carving.

For more information, you can call Carol on 0403887715.

“Carol is one of Australia’s top teachers in the fine ancient craft of wood carving” – Richard Cole


Carol Russell is a self-taught woodworker who has been making pieces for most of her adult life, She began in 1987 with small furniture projects and antique restoration, spending time in workshops and gleaning what she could from craftspeople who were prepared to share their knowledge. She spent several years on small commission projects, exhibiting her work in galleries in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.

Carol became interested in teaching the craft herself. In 1997 she began teaching woodwork at Carbatec, a supplier of woodworking tools in Brisbane, where she was employed to create a woodworking school. The Australian Wood Review have published several of her articles on tools and woodworking techniques. She works full time teaching and creating unique pieces of tableware and small sculptural pieces from Australia’s forest timbers.

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