Beginning Carving

  • Tuesday, January 04, 2022
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Tuesday, January 04, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: 010422JI
  • 3


  • $117 + $10 materials fee
  • $90 + $10 materials fee

Registration is closed

Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during the second and third sessions.

This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.


  • Ages 12 and older are welcome. No prior experience is needed.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.

  • BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.

  • You will build your carving skills much faster if you practice between sessions. If you want to work on your carvings during Open Studio times between classes, you must first take our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. See the Woodworking calendar for dates. (Use of the shop during these times is always free for members. Non-members can also use the shop without an additional charge for the duration of this class.)
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.

As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.

Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.

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