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On the Surface: Embellishment Techniques
On the Surface: Embellishment Techniques

On the Surface: Embellishment Techniques

Skill level: intermediate Instructor: Tim Coleman Weekend workshop Nov 2–Nov 3, 2024

Dates & Location

Nov 02, 2024, 9:00 AM – Nov 03, 2024, 4:00 PM

Wendell Castle Workshop, 18 Maple St, Scottsville, NY 14546, USA

Class description

Join Tim for a weekend of exploration and experimentation as you learn five techniques to create visually engaging patterns and textures on wood surfaces.

Techniques will include

  • Embossing with custom steel stamping tools and how to make your own
  • Incised carving with vee tools and veiners
  • Working with thick veneer to create parquet and overlay patterns
  • Marquetry, including stack sawn and double bevel methods
  • Coloring carved patterns
  • Layering and carving through commercial veneer

We will also cover

  • Veneer substrates and edge banding
  • Pressing veneer
  • Scraper sharpening and use
  • Setting up the bandsaw to cut your own veneer
  • Scroll saw techniques and blade choices

Tim will bring his collection of sample boards and pattern books for inspiration, and there is always a lot of sharing of ideas in the classroom as students are influenced and inspired by one another. The techniques are easy to learn, and the emphasis will be on experimentation and spontaneity with students creating sample boards as a kind of sketchbook. Everyone will come away from the weekend with new ways to express themselves with five techniques that can be applied to tables, cabinets, boxes, and more.

Student required tool list

  • PPE (safety glasses, dust mask, hearing protection)
  • Block plane
  •  Vee carving tool
  • Small hammer
  • Card scraper and burnisher
  • Half-round needle file
  • Sharpening stones for scrapers and carving tools
  • 24” ruler or straightedge
  • X-acto knife
  • Blue masking tape

Optional tools

  • Longer handplane for shooting edges
  • Small carving tools such as veiners and gouges
  • Stamping tools such as letter and number stamps, leather stamps, nail sets
  • Cabinet scraper
  • Needle file set
  • Veneer seam roller

Tim Coleman bio

Class Fee: $385

Material Fee: $75

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