Carving the Green Man w/ Mary May

Carving the Green Man w/ Mary May


Three Days

Join the famed woodcarver Mary May for your introduction to woodcarving! Step-by-step, you'll learn to carve the classic Green Man with basic tools, using techniques based on Mary's studies around the world and years as a professional carver in Charleston, SC. This 3-day class is for anyone who enjoys beauty and the craft! No carving experience is necessary, just your basic set of carving tools (below). Mary will show you how design the carvings, match your tools to the job and keep them razor sharp. You'll have a truly rewarding experience learning from this fine artist and teacher!

Your introductory carving is a traditional Greenman. Mary will go over the fundamental carving techniques such as how to work in the correct grain direction, and various carving tips and tricks as we discover the shapes of overlapping leaves and facial details. Bring a mirror so you can have something to reference while carving, and you can carve your self-portrait Green Man!

Materials: $50 for basswood starters and prepared butternut final blocks.

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Your basic set of carving tools!

6mm v-chisel (60 degree angle)

#3, 6mm

#3, 14mm

#5, 14mm

#7, 6mm

#7, 14mm

This "Mary May" set can be purchased from or from their local woodcraft store.