Sculptural High Relief Woodcarving Classes 2014
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Ramsey teaches 3 day intensive workshops at The Curious Forge makers space in Grass Valley CA.

 Over the last 30 years, there has been a movement in America to expand the concept of architectural carving beyond classical embellishment to include pictorial landscapes and wildlife. This goes hand in hand with the modern movement toward greater environmental consiousness and an appreciation of the natural world around us. Carved natural elements can be a dramatic accent to any wood project.  Ron will demonstrate the techniques he uses to create the sculptural doors, mantels, beams and wall sculpture he is known for.

Experience the delight in creating a highly dimensional relief carving of a nature scene. This workshop will introduce the technique of high relief carving by utilizing built up pieces to create impressive displays of dimensional sculpture. Students will learn how to make patterns created from photographs, utilizing photo processing software and the use of layering for planning and visualizing a carving. Use of hand and power tools including the router, high speed die grinders, mini grinders, flexshaft tools and angle grinders for fast removal of wood will be covered. Finishing and the technique of airbrush staining to enhance depth and detail will  also be discussed.

For the class we will be carving a highly dimensional wall sculpture of a bear cub raiding a honey comb as shown in the photo to the left.

The dates for the class will be Friday Oct. 3, Saturday Oct. 4, and Sunday October 5, 2014.

The class will start each day at 9:00 AM and run until 6:00 PM each day with a break for lunch.

The cost is $495 plus materials.

Click here for the tools and materials list.

Students will learn the trechniques to be able to complete a carving to the point where they will be able to take it home and finish it. The completed project will be an impressive carving suitable for hanging. The value of the carving will far exceed the cost of the class.
Testamonial from a former student "I took a high relief carving class from Ron Ramsey this past weekend.  It was not just a carving experience it was a life experience. Ron or Ramsey as everyone calls him (even his wife) is a master carver. He has spent 38 years making a living out of what most of us do as a hobby. And he has done very well. His work is incredible. Go to his site, you will be amazed. Ramsey’s ability to impart knowledge to another carver is extraordinaire. I came away from his class knowing I could make sculptural carvings that I would be proud to make a part of my home. No, they won’t look like Ramsey’s but as I said they will be works of art that I will be proud of. Ramsey has developed a unique, matter of fact method of arriving at a finished carving that ordinary individuals can accomplish and those with a little talent can excel at.  It truly was an exceptional experience. If you ever have the opportunity to participate in one of Ramsey’s classes by all means seize it. You will not be disappointed. "
To register, email and request a registration form. A $250 deposit is required to secure a space in the class.  Please mail a check and your registration form to: "Carved by Ramsey"  20491 Woodpecker Ravine Grass Valley CA 95945. The balance is due 45 days prior to the start of the class. If you have emailed me stating that you intend to take the class, the deposit must be postmarked no later than seven days from the date of the email for me to hold your spot.  Beyond that, reservations will be on a first deposit received basis.

If you need to cancel, I require that you send a dated, signed letter requesting a refund.  It must be postmarked no later than 45 days prior to the start of the class.  There is a $50 cancellation fee.  If you cancel after that, there will be no refund unless I can fill your spot.