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Calvo Wood Carving Classes • 2014 Schedule


Read David Calvo's woodcarving article in Popular Woodworking, October 2006

Read David Calvo's woodcarving article in Popular Woodworking, November 2006

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Beginner and Intermediate Wood Carving Classes

Calvo Woodworking and Wood Carving School in Gloucester, Massachusetts is dedicated to the art and skill of wood carving and woodworking techniques. Our wood carving classes, workshops and seminars for the beginner and intermediate student will give you a strong baseline in the fundamentals of carving that can be applied to any style of wood carving design whether it is abstract, traditional or contemporary. I am a carving technique driven school. Our class size is also small so that you are assured continuous one-on-one attention. The teaching style I use is the same as my wood carving teachers who were European trained. I train both your hands to carve and your eyes to see so that you can map your way into a project. It is my goal and hopeful intentions to get you to move beyond your personal expectation and carve with more confidence and more importantly, a sense of what to do next. In all my years of teaching and to my delight, it is usually the student who is pleasantly more surprised with their own results. All I ask is that you bring your enthusiasm. As the teacher, it's my assignment to figure out how to teach you wood carving... so take a deep breath, relax and enjoy learning the skill of wood carving.

All two, three and five day classes start at 9:00 and run until 5:00pm. Pre-registration is required. The Wood Carving School is in easy driving range from New York, New York City, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey and Massachusetts areas. That said, I have taught students from every state in the United States as well as students from Canada and Mexico.

Our area, known as Cape Ann, is a tourist destination point and was the location for the story and filming of "The Perfect Storm". This picturesque vacation area offers reasonable accommodations and we are happy to assist you with your housing needs.

For Vacation Fun there are working artist colonies and studios, galleries, museums, many beaches,canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals, shore line and sport fishing, schooner sails, scenic boat rides around all of Cape Ann, whale watch boats, great dining and evening music venues, shopping boutiques in historic areas and more. Frankly, it's a great tourist spot.

WOOD CARVING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM: I am actively looking for a qualified apprentice with aptitude. This is a tuition program that is a conscious effort to make you a trained, well rounded capable wood carver by assisting me in the studio. It is my hope that you will become fluent with the skill level akin to the old days of training a professional woodcarver.

SKYPE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: Calvo Studio now offers video conferencing sessions for the student that wants to pursue learning more techniques through ongoing mentoring regardless of distance. Call for more information.

Updated: April 7, 2014


"Your teaching technique had an amazing sense of balance. You have a unique insight that allows you to let us struggle enough to learn from our small mistakes but tells you when to be there to answer any questions and to provide right amount of guidance to prevent us from making big mistakes. I enjoyed your wonderful sense of humor."

---John Schnobrich, Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Classes are reserved with a check for the full amount on a first come first serve policy. Spaces are limited. Hotel accomodations are in easy walking distance to the studio. I get a discount rate for my students so housing is very affordable. *We are accessible on the MBTA Commuter Rail with a station here in Gloucester. We welcome your questions and are happy to address any concerns.

Five-Day Bare Bones of Wood Carving Classes

Feb 19-23, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Wed - Sunday
April 2-6, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Wed - Sunday
May 14-18, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Wed - Sunday
June 9-13, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Mon - Friday
July 14-18, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Mon - Friday
Sept 17-21, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Wed - Sunday
Oct 15-19, 2014 Five-Day BB Wood Carving Class   Wed - Sunday

Two and Three-Day Wood Carving Workshops

May 3-4, 2014 Two-Day Wood Carving Class   Saturday - Sunday
July 12-13, 2014 Three-Day Wood Carving Class   Friday - Sunday
Sept 5-7, 2014 Three-Day Wood Carving Class   Friday - Sunday
Nov 14-16, 2014 Three-Day Wood Carving Class   Friday - Sunday

*Second Level* Five-Day Technique Building Classes

2014 Workshops Call for Schedule and more Info

Decorative Carved Frame Intensive Workshop

Call for more info Twelve-Day Intermediate Wood Carving Workshop

Hand-Carved Keepsake Box Workshop

August 11-15, 2014 Five-Day Keepsake Carving Class   Mon - Friday

Abstract Woodcarving Workshop

Nov 1-2, 2014 Saturday - Sunday

Carved Cabriole Leg and Chest Panel Workshops

July 28-Aug 1, 2014 Five-day Cabriole leg carving  Monday - Friday

Forge Your Own Wood Carving Tools

May 30-June 1, 2014 Three-Day Forging Class   Friday - Sunday
Oct 3-5, 2014 Three-Day Forging Class   Friday - Sunday

Introductory Woodcarving Classes

Jan 11, 2014 Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm
Jan 12, 2014 Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm
Jan 25, 2014 Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm
Feb 9, 2014 Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm
March 8, 2014 Saturday 9:00am-1:30pm
March 9, 2014 Sunday 9:30pm-2:00pm
April 19, 2014 Saturday 9:00am-1:30pm
  More classes to be posted

Beginner Sculpture Classes

March 22, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm
8 week Sessions Call for more info

Weekly Wood Carving Classes

3:00PM - 5:00PM Tuesday Afternoon
7:00PM - 9:00PM Tuesday Evening
10:00AM - 1:00PM Sunday Morning (2x monthly) 
Price List
5 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Class $650
3 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $450
2 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $325
12 Day Carved Frame Workshop $1300
3 Day Forge Your Wood Carving Tools $450
5 Day Keepsake Box Workshop $650
5 Day Abstract Wood Sculpture Class $650
8 Weekday or Evening Wood Carving Classes (2 hour) $35.00 per class $280
Sunday Morning Wood Carving Classes
(3 hour) $45.00 per class (2x monthy)
1 Day Introductory Carving Class $150
1 Day Beginner Sculpture Class $150
8 Week Beginner Sculpture Class $280
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