Introduction to Wood Carving

Course overview

This creative hands-on entry level course is an ideal starting point for beginners, or a refresher for those wanting to explore wood carving and the sculptural possibilities of wood. 

Students will complete an introductory exercise before developing their own project to work towards at their own pace in a supportive workshop setting.

Participants will be introduced to a number of skills and techniques, including:

• the characteristics and properties of different wood types
• the use of hand carving, shaping and sculpting tools, such as saws, chisels, gouges, spokeshaves, files and rasps
• basic sculptural composition

This is a hands-on practical course that will be delivered through demonstration and 1:1 assistance, with guidance and support from the tutor.

All tools, materials and safety equipment required are supplied, but please bring a pencil and stationery. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dusty and suitable footwear (not sandals, canvas etc).


City of Oxford College offers a range of woodwork courses to progress your skills!

Tutor Profile
Ellis Stacey is a creative woodworker and alumnus of the renowned Rycotewood Furniture Centre, with a long-held passion for wood carving. He also teaches Woodwork for Beginners on Thursdays.

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