Students in a wood carving class

Calvo Studio Carving & Craft School

"A DAY WITH A TEACHER IS WORTH A THOUSAND PAGES." Chinese Proverb Celebrating over 26 years as a Wood Carving School

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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: January 30, 2018 • School Tel: 978-283-0231

"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

"I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much i enjoyed taking the Five-Day Bare bones Wood Carving Class. To be able to spend a few days with a world renowned artist was truly a wonderful experience for me. You are a gifted artist and a very good teacher. You showed a great deal of patience and a strong desigre for us to understand the craft and subject matter. I am going away with a wealth of information that will help me become a more seasoned carver."

Charles Hoffman- Vista, California

Read what more Students say about Calvo Woodcarving School

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 25 - 29, 2018 Wednesday - Sunday
May 24 - 28, 2018 Thursday - Monday (Memorial Day)
June 23 - 27, 2018 Saturday - Wednesday
July 7 -11, 2018 Saturday - Wednesday
August 4-9, 2018 Saturday - Wednesday
Sept 12 - 16,2018 Wednesday - Sunday
October 10-14, 2018 Wednesday - Sunday
November 8-12, 2018 Thursday - Monday (Veterans Day)

Two-Day Wood Carving Classes

April 28-29, 2018 Saturday - Sunday
May 26-27, 2018 Saturday - Sunday
June 23-24, 2018 Saturday - Sunday
July 7-8, 2018 Saturday - Sunday
August 4-5, 2018 Saturday - Sunday
Sept. 15-16, 2018 Saturday - Sunday
Oct. 13-14, 2018 Saturday - Sunday

One-Day Introductory Wood Carving Classes

April 28, 2018 Saturday   9:00am - 5:00pm
May 26, 2018 Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm
June 24, 2018 Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm
July 8, 2018 Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm
August 5, 2018 Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm
October 13, 2018 Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm
November 10, 2018 Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm

Second Level Five Day Barebones Carving Workshops

2018 Workshops Second Level Classes run concurrent with the Beginner Bare Bones Classes. Call for info.

Carving Your Own Sign Workshop

May 11-13, 2018 Three-Day Workshop  FridaySunday
August 17 -19, 2018 Three-Day Workshop Saturday-Monday  Labor Day

Five-Day Abstract Carving Workshop

June 6 -10, 2018 Wednesday - Sunday

Keepsake Box Workshop

July 23 - 27, 2018 Five Day Workshop Monday - Friday

Wooden Plane Making Workshop

Sept. 28 - 30, 2018 Three-Day Workshop Friday - Sunday

Forging Wood Carving Tools

October 6-8, 2018 Three-Day Workshop   Saturday - Monday

Carved Cabriole Leg Workshop

Aug 20-24, 2018 Five-day Workshop  Monday - Sunday

Twelve-Day Frame Carving Workshop

TBA Twelve-Day Workshop

Northwest Style Carving Workshop

Oct. 24-28, 2018 Five-Day Workshop  Wednesday-Sunday

Basketry Classes

TBA One-Day Class
TBA One-Day Class
TBA One-Day Class
TBA One-Day Class
TBA One-Day Class

Spoon Making Workshops • One Day & Half Day Classes

April 28, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
May 26, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
June 24, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
July 8, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
August 5, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
September 15, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
October 13, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
November 10, 2018 Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Weekly Wood Carving Classes

7:00pm - 9:00pm Tuesday Evenings
Price List*
School Registration and Processing Fee $35.
5 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $745
3 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $450
2 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $300
1 Day Intro Carving or Spoon Making Class $150 (includes all fees)
3 Day Sign Carving Workshop $450
1/2 Day Spoon Making Class $80 (includes all fees)
5 Day Cabriole Leg Carving Class $745
3 Day Forge Your Wood Carving Tools $450
5 Day Keepsake Box Workshop $745
5 Day Abstract Wood Sculpture Workshop $745
8 Week Evening (7-9) Wood Carving Classes $280 or $35.00 per class
8 Week Beginner Clay Sculpture Class $280
12 Day Frame Carving Workshop $1800
*Classes and Workshops are based on the fair price of $150 per day. It does not include material costs or tool rental.
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