Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 11th 2011
Woodcarving is different from woodworking. In woodworking, you are making items that can be either decorative or usable, whereas woodcarving is actually an art form. If you're still having trouble picturing the difference, try this. That wooden bowl that you put apples in on your table is an example of woodworking; that totem pole you see in pictures or museums is an example of woodcarving.
Like woodworking, woodcarving can be learned, and there are several places in New York City that offer woodcarving courses. A few of them are listed below:
Woodcarving by George 94-05 71st Avenue, Forest Hills, Queens
This studio offers several different courses in woodcarving, including Woodcarving for Beginners. This is one of the only places in New York City you can find beginner classes at, so you may want to keep this in mind. Successful completion of the beginning woodcarving course means you can move on to High Relief and 3-D Carving. This class helps you continue to develop the skills you previously learned and offers instruction in project design.
You can also take a Lettering and Sign Carving class. At the end of it, you'll have a beautiful name plaque and house number to take home and display proudly. These are just a few of the courses offered at Woodcarving by George. There are others, so you should have no trouble finding one that interests you.
Maura conducts woodcarving classes that are sponsored by the New York City Parks Department. These classes are held Mondays and Fridays, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon at Greenbelt Recreation Center on Staten Island. The location is 501 Brielle Avenue, across from Sea View Hospital. Classes in beginning and intermediate woodcarving are offered, and you don't have to be a senior citizen to attend. If you want to learn woodcarving, it doesn't matter what age you are, as long as you can safely use sharp knives and tools.
Long Island School of Classical Woodcarving If you live on Long Island, you can go to 74 West Hoffman Avenue in Lindenhurst and take woodcarving lessons at the Long Island School of Classical Woodcarving. You will learn woodcarving, woodworking and marquetry (if you've ever seen a table with pieces of colored stone pressed into the wood, you've seen an example of marquetry). The emphasis at this school is on using hand tools, making this a challenging but enjoyable class.
If you live on Staten Island, you can go to 61 Raymond Ave and learn woodcarving from Maura "the woodcarver for the New York Parks Department". She'll teach you how to do wood carvings of designs and ideas that you come up with, as well as from suggestions and ideas she can give you. Maura is New York born and bred and specializes in American woodcarving techniques. You'll enjoy learning from a "local".