Maximized Movement (stylized carving)

Class Description

2       Students  (2 days) – $625 each – Lunch and class wood included
3-4   Students (3 days) – $600 each – Lunch and class wood included
5-8   Students (5 days) – $650 each – Lunch and class wood included


This class is designed to challenge a person’s way of viewing woodcarving altogether. The emphasis is on sculpting wood into a series of lines, planes, and forms. Simple principles of movement are repeatedly applied and exercised as students turn a piece of found wood (primarily Mesquite or West Texas juniper) into polished fluid forms. Once learned, these principles become tools that can be applied in furniture making, woodturning, woodcarving, or classic sculpting.

Students will learn the use of the cabinet maker’s pattern rasp, designing a piece to shine, and how to finish wood to a glass like glowing finish. They will also learn how to bring out the full potential of a piece of wood by finding, simplifying, and refining the inherent lines, planes and forms found in the wood. Use of grain pattern is also touched upon.

Students may learn to remove wood and establish planes through the use of gouge and mallet or power carving with an Arbotech? disc and typhoon burrs on the end of a flex shaft power tool.
Wood is provided for the first project, students will sculpt an abstract sculpture that can stand alone or be used as a base for an additional representational sculpture of a bird, fish, or other subject. (Choice of subject must meet instructor’s approval.)

Students Will Learn:

  1. The principles of movement, balance, and design.
  2. Use of negative spaces in design.
  3. How to bring a plane through a negative space.
  4. Designing a piece to receive a glasslike finish.
  5. Recognizing wood grain from the outside.
  6. Harnessing grain to enhance detail.
  7. The use of cabinet maker’s pattern rasp.
  8. The use of gouge and mallet (hand carving)
  9. Use of typhoon burrs on flex shaft (power carving)

* Wood for initial project included in the tuition fee. Additional wood available for purchase.

Class Materials List

* For a better understanding of what stylized sculpture is, please read this article.


2021 Class Schedule

Sept 20-24 Loveland, Colorado

  • Tuition: $650.00 (5 students min)
  • Included: Daily lunch and wood for class projects.
  • Contact Chris White for more information
  • Email:
  • Phone: 970-290-4140 (Chris)


June 7-11 (class full) Indianapolis, Indiana

Marc Adams School of Fine Woodworking

Sept 20-24 Loveland, Colorado

  • $650 each (5-8 students)                   Sept 20-24
  • $600 each (3-4 students)                  Sept 20-22
  • $625 each (2 students)                                 Sept 20-21
  • Email:               
  • Phone: 970-290-4140 (Chris)

October 4-8 Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Tuition: $650.00
  • Included: Daily lunch and wood for class projects.
  • For more information:    Contact:                                        Chris White 970-290-4140 or Bill Casto 757-220-0153 
  • Email: parablesinwood

For more information or to enroll in any of the above classes please contact Chris.


Phone: 970-290-4140 (Chris)

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Class Materials List: (Print Version)

  • Sand bags – use either old blue jean legs cut into 18”-20” sections sewn shut approximate ¾ full of sand or use old tube socks tired off ¾ full of sand (for those who are flying bring empty and I will have some sand.)
  • Dust collector (If you have a portable one and are driving.)
  • Dust mask
  • Foredom or similar tool – include attachments:
  • ¾” by 2½” sanding drum with 150 grit Swiss gold sandpaper
  • Typhoon burr – 5/8” and or ¾” diameter red flame ¼” shank
    (You may order these from Belcher Carving 937-845-0346 or The Woodcraft Shop 800-397-2278 or
  • ¾” Gouge with #5 or #6 curve
  • Nicholson #50 cabinet maker’s patter rasp
  • Nicholson 8” second cut file (half round)
  • Sandpaper – 220, 400, 600, 1500 grit (3M wet/dry) Available at auto body supply stores.

Note: Mainly bring the tools you are most proficient with.


Tool Suppliers:

Nicholson Pattern Rasp # 49 and/or #50
Boggs Tools (800) 547- 5244

Second Cut Half Round Files (8″ or 10″)
Texas Tools (806) 763-1641

All other tools:
Belcher Carving (937) 845-0346 or The Woodcraft Shop (800) 397-2278

We will be working on an abstract sculpture which will serve as a finished sculpture or can be incorporated with a turned vessel, and serve as a base. Principles of movement, balance and design will be the emphasis of the course.

If you have any questions, or want to talk to me about your piece please feel free to email me at, or call me at 970-613-9517 as soon as possible.

I look forward to working with you.

Fish Bowl by Bill Aber.

Lodging Information:

Quality Inn: 970-635-9500 – 1639 E. Eisenhower Rd, Loveland, CO 80538
Super 8: 970-663-7000 – 1655 E. Eisenhower Rd, Loveland, CO
Comfort Inn & Suites: 970-593-0100 – 1500 Cheyenne Ave, Loveland, CO
LaQuinta Inn & Suites: 970-622-8600 – 1430 Cascade, Loveland, CO
Fireside RV Park and Cabins: 970-667-2903 – 6j850 Hwy 34, Loveland, CO

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