4th & 5th May
Kuksa Carving with Alexander Yerks
Over this two day course you will be fully immersed in the world of kuksa carving. The goal of the workshop is to build a relationship with each of the tools we will be using while gaining an understanding of how they work in relation to the timber itself. This is a great course aimed at both beginners and more experienced wood carvers. We will be swinging axes and adzes, and using specialty gouges, hook tools, and the humble, but versatile, sloyd knife. This is a very unique opportunity because you will be learning to safely use such a large array of tools while developing techniques which bridge the gap between spoon and bowl carving.
The course will cover just about all you need to know, including sourcing wood, decorative carving, learning my unique and advanced hollowing techniques. We will even discuss tool maintenance.
Some specialty bespoke adzes and gouges will be used. In addition, some lovely green wood will be provided that you will transform from raw material to a fine drinking vessel by the end of the course.
The goal of this workshop is to gain confidence in yourself and the tools being used. We will spend two our days building a relationship with each specific tool – the axe, adze, gouge, froe, and straight and hooked knives. This is the key to understanding the function of tool and timber.
Alex Yerks travels internationally and teaches green woodworking for a living year round.
He has been carving professionally with axe and knife for most of a decade – with many of my iconic styles, design details, and techniques emerging over that time. Production techniques became instinctive and second nature, but his creative direction constantly evolves and changes. Each piece of wood has its own characteristics, and knowing how to make the very best of these situations is something he’s focused on for years.
4th & 5th May