Students in a wood carving class

Calvo Wood Carving Classes • 2015 Schedule

"A DAY WITH A TEACHER IS WORTH A THOUSAND PAGES." Chinese Proverb Celebrating over 25 years as a Wood Carving School

Last class for 2015 Barebones Dec 9-13 • New Classes for 2016 to be posted

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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Wood Carving Classes and Workshops

CALVO WOOD CARVING SCHOOL in Gloucester, Massachusetts is dedicated to the art and skill of wood carving and 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. I am a strong carving technique driven school. This is my focus for you as the student. We do projects as an exercise to help you to understand important hand technique. 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. 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,, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey and Massachusetts areas. Students flying in are to land at Boston's Logan Airport and drive, or take the commuter train, up to Gloucester. All said, I have taught students from every State in the United States as well as from Canada, Mexico, Hawaii and South Korea.

WOOD CARVING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM: I am actively looking for a qualified apprentice with aptitude. This is a 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.

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

There are working artist colonies and studios, galleries, museums, many beaches, marshes for canoes or kayaks, paddle board rentals, shore line and boat sport fishing, schooner sails, scenic boat rides all around Cape Ann, whale watch boats, great restaurants and dining spots, evening music venues, Gloucester stage productions, shopping boutiques, State Cutural Art Districts, historic landmarks and more. Frankly, it's a great tourist spot to visit.

Updated: November 25, 2015


"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 Workshops

April 20-24, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving Class  Mon - Fri
May 27-31, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Wed - Sun
June 24-28, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Wed - Sun
July 12-16, 2015

Five-Day Wood Carving Class Sun - Thurs

Aug 23-27, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving  Class Sun - Thurs
Sept 16-20, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Wed - Sun
Oct 14-18, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving Class  Wed - Sun
Dec 9-13, 2015 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Wed - Sun

Two and Three-Day Wood Carving Classes

April 17-19, 2015 Three-Day Wood Carving Class  Fri - Sun
June 12-14, 2015 Three-Day Wood Carving Class   Fri - Sun
Aug 8-9, 2015 Two-Day Wood Carving Class   Sat - Sun

One Day Introductory Woodcarving Classes

Dec 12, 2015 One Day Woodcarving Class

*Second Level* Five-Day Technique Building Classes

2015 Workshops Call For More Info

Decorative Carved Frame Intermediate Workshop

Call for more info Twelve-Day Frame Carving Workshop

Hand-Carved Keepsake Box Workshop

2015 TBA Five-Day Keepsake Carving Class  

Abstract Woodcarving Workshop

Sept 4-6, 2015 Three-Day Abstract Class   Fri - Sun

Carved Cabriole Leg Workshops

August 10-14, 2015 Five-day Cabriole Leg Carving  Mon - Fri

Forge Your Own Wood Carving Tools

Oct 2-4, 2015 Three-Day Forging Workshop   Fri - Sun

Groupon Spoon Making Workshops

2016 Groupon Classes To be Posted
Saturdays 10am-1pm Sunday 12pm-3pm

Beginner Groupon Clay Modeling Sculpture Classes

2016 Clay Modeling To be Posted
Saturdays 10am-1pm Sunday 12pm-3pm

Weekly Wood Carving Classes

7:00pm - 9:00pm Tuesday Evening
10:00am - 1:00pm Sunday Morning (2x monthly) 
Price List
5 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $675
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 $675
5 Day Abstract Wood Sculpture Workshop $675
8 Week 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 $175
1 Day Beginner Sculpture Class $175
8 Week Beginner Clay Sculpture Class $280
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