Wood Carving: Spoon - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Wood Pyrography - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College
Whittling Basics - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Learn the art of whittling, carving and burning wood (pyrography) to make unique works of art as well as functional objects! No experience is needed. Take one or all four of the classes below.


 

Whittling Basics

Whittling is a simple and fun hobby that many people all over the world enjoy. In this interactive class, learn how to use the tools, select wood for your project, make the basic cuts and use proper whittling techniques. Enjoy whittling small animals that you will treasure for years and they also make wonderful gifts. In this class we we also learn how to sharpen and hone your tools to keep them razor sharp. Discover a new interest through this fun, hands on, engaging class! No previous whittling experience required.

Supplies Needed

  • Small wood pieces (Recommended: Sumind 12 pieces Unfinished Basla Wood Mini Carving Blocks 4 Sizes: 50 x 50 x 100 mm, 30 x 30 x 100 mm, 30 x 30 x 50 mm, 50 x 30 x 50 mm) 
  • Whittler’s detail knife / sharpen carving knife (Recommended: KN13 Flexcut knife)
  • Carving gouge set (recommended: Mikisyo Power Grip Carving Tools 7 Piece Set)
  • Carbon paper 
  • Thumb guard
  • Cut resistant gloves
  • Leather honing strop with polishing compound (recommended: BeaverCraft Leather Honing Strop with Polishing Compound LS2P1SR41 3”x 8”Double Sided Leather Stropping Kit for Knife Sharpening Vegetable Tanned Leather for Stopping Tools)
  • Sand paper 120 – 220 grit and 320 grit
  • Pencil
  • Blue tape (recommended: ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape)
  • Mineral food safe oil (recommended: Howard Products BBB012 Cutting Board Oil, 12 oz)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Obtain basic knowledge of whittling
  • Understand use of tools
  • Whittle with confidence
  • Be familiar with how to select woods depending on projects
  • Make the basic cuts and techniques
  • Understand how to sharpen the tools

Who Should Take This Class

  • Anyone interested in trying the art of whittling
  • People looking for a new hobby, creative outlet or craft to do with your hands
  • People who are new in using carving tools
  • Anyone who would like to make small animals from wood

Instructor, Location & Fee

Instructor: Saman Shojaei
Where: ONLINE: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
Fee: $99

Wood Carving: Holiday Ornament

The best ornaments on the holiday tree are always the ones that are handmade. This festive holiday season, let’s carve memorable wood ornaments to keep or to give someone special! In this class, you will learn how to carve two to three ornaments from a selection of designs while gaining basic woodcarving skills. If you wish and if time permits, you will be able to paint your ornaments. This class is designed for beginning to intermediate students. Some previous wood carving experience helps, such as the Wood Whittling Basics class above, but it is not required. 

Supplies Needed

For carving: 

  • Small wood pieces (recommended: Sumind 12 pieces Unfinished Basla Wood Mini Carving Blocks 4 Sizes: 50 x 50 x 100 mm, 30 x 30 x 100 mm, 30 x 30 x 50 mm, 50 x 30 x 50 mm) 
  • Whittler’s detail knife / sharpen carving knife (recommended: KN13 Flexcut knife)
  • Carving gouge set (recommended: Mikisyo Power Grip Carving Tools 7 Piece Set)
  • Carbon paper 
  • Thumb guard
  • Cut resistant gloves
  • Sand paper 120–220 grit and 320 grit
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel
  • Blue tape (recommended: ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape)
  • Mineral food safe oil (recommended: Howard Products BBB012 Cutting Board Oil, 12 oz)
  • Slip Strop Sharpening Kit (This is an optional, recommended: Flexcut Slipstrop)

For painting:

  • Acrylic paint basic set: white, black, red, yellow, and blue
  • Disposable paper plate or paint pallet
  • Panting brushes (recommended: 10 piece paint brush set with 10 sizes: 5/8, 8, 6, 4, 5, 3, 2, 2, 1, 2/0.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Obtain basic knowledge of wood carving
  • Understand and improve basic skills of wood carving
  • Know how to use carving tools in a variety of shapes
  • Be familiar with how to carve small objects
  • Gain confidence on hand carving

Who Should Take This Class

Prerequisites: Some previous wood carving experience is helpful but not required -- our Whittling Basics class above would be a good starting place if you have no experience.

  • Anyone who wishes to carve holiday ornaments 
  • People who are interested in wood carving
  • Anyone who has done some wood carving and who is interested in improving carving skills
  • People who love making crafts by hand

Instructor, Location & Fee

Instructor: Saman Shojaei
Where: ONLINE: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
Fee: $159

Wood Pyrography and Painting

NOTE: This class has been CANCELLED for fall quarter 2020.

Would you like to create a unique hand-crafted piece of woodwork? In this class, discover the amazing art of wood burning known as pyrography. Learn the basics of wood burning knowledge and techniques including how to use a wood burner, stroke techniques with different burning tips, how to transfer your design onto the wood and more. Enjoy creating a beautiful free-handed art of wood burning! If you wish and time permits, you will be able to paint your art. No previous pyrography (wood burning) experience is required. 

Supplies Needed

  • Wood burning tool (Recommended: Colwood Wood burner Cub Woodburning Control Unit)
  • Wood burning Replaceable Tip Handle
  • Wood burning Replaceable Tip Ball#3
  • Wood burning Replaceable Tip Ball#1
  • Wood burning Fixed Tip Pen "A"    1/4" Large Round
  • Wood piece (Recommended: Walnut Hollow 11” x 14” Wide Edge Basswood Rectangle 452531) or ¾ inch plywood 11” x 14” 
  • Sandpaper extra file 220 grit and 320 grit
  • Mineral food safe oil (Optional, Recommended: Howard Products BBB012 Cutting Board Oil, 12 oz)
  • Paper towel
  • Carbon paper
  • Ant kind of water based paint such as acrylic, marker or nail polish in basic colors (e.g. white, blue, red, yellow, wet.)
  • Two disposable plates
  • Pencil
  • Blue tape (Recommended: ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape)
  • Painting brush
  • Eraser
  • Panting brushes; recommended: 10 piece paint brush set with 10 sizes: 5/8, 8, 6, 4, 5, 3, 2, 2, 1, 2/0. Reference for you: Amazon.com sells this set

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Know how to select wood for your pyrography project
  • Get familiar with the tool
  • Understand and use basic pyrography techniques 
  • Be confident to work with the tool on your own

Who Should Take This Class

  • Anyone curious and interested in wood burning art of pyrography
  • People who would like to learn basic pyrography techniques
  • Anyone who would like to try this art as a creative outlet even if you know nothing about it

Instructor, Location & Fee

Instructor: Saman Shojaei
Where: ONLINE: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
Fee: $49

Wood Carving: Spoon

Create a beautiful wooden spoon in one sitting! In this workshop, learn the basics of carving a simple kitchen spoon. You will also acquire basic knowledge and techniques of wood carving such as wood selection, carving characteristics, preparing blanks, basic carving techniques, and traditional oil finish. These skills will help you become prepared for future word carving projects. Stir up your creativity and curiosity with carving your own one of a kind wooden spoon! No previous wood carving experience required.

Supplies Needed

  • Sweep gouge No. 7 or any carving straight or bent gouge No. 7 between 10 – 12 mm width with a short or long handle (recommended: PFEIL Swiss Made 10 mm Gouge No 7)
  • Whittler’s detail knife / sharpen carving knife (recommended: KN13 Flexcut knife)
  • Thumb guard
  • Sand paper 120 – 220 grit and 320 grit
  • F-Clamp (recommended: Yost Tools F112 12”FClamp)
  • Blank wood (recommended: Basswood Carving Spoon Blank 2-pack for Whittling Craft)
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel
  • Blue tape (recommended: ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape)
  • Mineral food safe oil (recommended: Howard Products BBB012 Cutting Board Oil, 12 oz)
  • Slip strop Sharpening Kit  -- this is optional (recommended: Flexcut Slipstrop)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Know how to select wood depending on your wood carving project
  • Be confident to handle wood carving knives for a small project
  • Know the basic knowledge of wood carving
  • Be familiar with how to design and carve a spoon

Who Should Take This Class

  • Anyone curious and interested in trying wood carving and whittling
  • People who love hand crafting, especially craft with wood
  • Anyone who would like to do a small project with like-minded people

Instructor, Location & Fee

Instructor: Saman Shojaei
Where: ONLINE: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
Fee: $39

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