Learn Woodcarving

The great thing about Sheri’s woodworking classes is that they’re like family. At any given session you could see eight year olds carving beside eighty year olds. Everyone who is taking the class for the first time works on the same grapes and leaves motif as their first project. This naturally creates a certain camaraderie amongst the students. More experienced carvers will often introduce themselves and give tips to the beginners. As students progress, they get to choose their own projects and with assistance from Sheri, and some of the more experienced carvers in the group, everyone progresses at their own speed. Sheri’s courses are different form other woodworking courses because rather than the curriculum being a reflection of what the teacher does, her classes are filled with a variety of students with different interests and skill levels.

Classes are ongoing.  New students start at any time during the open studio hours.  

Open Studio times:

  • Thursday 10am - 4pm 

  • Thursday Evening 7-10pm 

  • Saturday 10am - 4pm

Beginning Woodcarving Class

Introduction to Woodcarving

This 4-session course will teach students the basics of woodcarving. By carving a simple relief design, students learn tool use, tool sharpening, and skills needed to carve more complex projects of their own. Through handouts, one-on-one instruction and hands-on experience, students will learn how to choose appropriate wood, designs and finishes for future projects. The major emphasis is on traditional hand tool use. Wood will be provided for the first project and there will be tools available for student use during class time. Young people ages 8-12 may take carving classes with approval of the instructor. It is recommended that the beginning sessions be taken consecutively. If this is not possible the classes must be used within three months unless special arrangements are made with the instructor.
Beginning woodcarving: Four 3 hour classes – $205

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Intermediate Woodcarving and Sculpture

After students have carved the beginning project they may continue the class and work on their own projects. The instructor will be available to assist with both design and execution of these projects that require more advanced carving techniques. Students purchase their own wood but some hand tools will be available for use during class time. Any machining or custom work done by the instructor is separate and is compensated at a rate of $60.00 per hour shop time. Wood supplied by the instructor is charged by the board foot, price varying by species. Classes purchased in advance must be used within six months unless special arrangements are made with the instructor.
1 class – $45     5 classes – $175

Private Instruction

Special arrangements can be made for private one on one carving instruction.
Hourly rate – $45

Call or email to reserve a space.

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Since classes are ongoing you may start at any time.  Please call 510-843-8537 or email using the form to the left if you have any questions or would like to talk about your carving project.