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Acanthus Woodcarving—Beginning and Intermediate

June 4-8, 2018 with Steve Speltz

Level of Instruction
Beginner and intermediate. Those with little or no carving experience are welcome.
  • $335.00 Members
  • $385.00 Non-members

In this class you will learn the basic techniques of acanthus carving, a baroque style of relief carving with scrolls and leaves, that dates back many centuries. Much emphasis will be put on drawing your design as well as carving it. Class instruction will include the proper use of tools and the sharpening the tools. If you have never carved this style before, you will start with a simple scroll and there will be numerous projects to choose from. Materials fees for the projects will range from $10-$100, depending on the difficulty and size.

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About the Instructor

Steve Speltz
Steve Speltz carving a kubbestol.

Steve Speltz is owner and operator of Custom Hardwoods, where he’s been designing and building cabinets and furniture since 1984. His motivation to carve came from a desire to make some of his furniture look better and he’s been carving for more than 25 years. His training includes classes with instructors at Vesterheim and with Philip Odden and Else Bigton, plus “just plain life experiences.” After six years of competing he received a Vesterheim Gold Medal. To date, Steve has roughed out six chairs. Steve says, “Chairs are furniture too, but a chair from a log, wow, what a challenge! I learned to carve a kubbestol through trial and error and hope with this class you can eliminate some of the error and retain all of the trial.”