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Calvo Wood Carving Classes • 2017 Schedule

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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: April 1, 2017


"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

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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 17-21, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving Class  Mon - Fri
May 10-14, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Wed - Sun
June 26-30, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Mon - Fri
July 24-28, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving  Class Mon - Fri
Aug 21-25, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving Class Mon - Fri
Sept 13-17, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving Class  Wed - Sun
Oct 25-29, 2017 Five-Day Wood Carving Class  Wed - Sun

Two-Day Wood Carving Classes

May 13-14, 2017 Two-Day Wood Carving Class   Sat - Sun
Sept 16-17, 2017 Two-Day Wood Carving Class   Sat - Sun
Nov 11-12, 2017 Two-Day Wood Carving Class   Sat - Sun

One-Day Introductory Wood Carving Classes

April 20, 2017 One-Day Class   Sat   10am - 5pm
May 13, 2017 One-Day Class   Sat   10am - 5pm
June 29, 2017 One-Day Class  Thurs   10am - 5pm
July 29, 2017 One-Day Class  Thurs  10am - 5pm
Aug 24, 2017 One-Day Class   Thurs   10am - 5pm
Sept 16, 2017 One-Day Class  Sat  10am - 5pm

*Second Level* Five-Day Wood Carving Workshops

2017 Workshops Second Level Classes run concurrent with the Bare Bones Class. Call for info

Sign Carving Workshop

April 28-30, 2017 Three-Day Sign Carving Workshop 

Five-Day Abstract Carving Workshop

May 24-28, 2017 Abstract Carving Workshop 

Hand-Carved Keepsake Box Workshop

July 10-14, 2017 Five-Day Keepsake Carving Workshop 

Wooden Plane Making Workshop

August 7-11, 2017 Five-Day Class   Mon - Fri

Bowl Carving Workshop

Sept 27- Oct 1, 2017 Five-Day Workshop Wed - Sun

Forging Wood Carving Tools

Oct 13-15, 2017 Three-Day Forging Workshop   Fri - Sun

Carved Cabriole Leg Workshop

Nov 8-12, 2017 Five-day Workshop  Wed - Sun

Twelve-Day Frame Carving Workshop

Nov 6-17, 2017 Twelve-day Workshop 

Basketry Class

April 8, 2017 One-Day Class
May 6, 2017 One-Day Class
More Classes to be posted

1/2 Day Spoon Making Workshops

February 18, 2017 Saturday 10:00am - 1:30pm
March 18, 2017 Saturday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
April 21, 2017 Friday 10:00am - 1:30pm
May 13, 2017 Saturday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
September 16, 2017 Saturday 1:30pm - 4:00pm

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 $750
3 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $450
2 Day Bare Bones Wood Carving Workshop $300
1 Day Introductory Carving Class $150
3 Day Sign Carving Workshop $450
5 Day Cabriole Leg Carving Class $750
3 Day Forge Your Wood Carving Tools $450
5 Day Keepsake Box Workshop $750
5 Day Abstract Wood Sculpture Workshop $750
8 Week Evening Wood Carving Classes $280 or $35.00 per class
5 Day Bowl Carving Class $750
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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