WOODCARVING SCHOOL online
Learn the classical, art of European wood carving with
Can you think of a better way to learn wood carving than 1 on 1 lessons? How about 1 on 1 lessons with a man recognized as the International Woodcarver of the year. We are talking about a guy who got a Wikipedia page by carving wood. Whatever your reasons, if you want to
Immortalize your creativity in an art-form that predates written history, or you just have a lot of free time and need a hobby, wood crafting is a classy way to get your hands dirty, and you won’t find a better teacher.
Wood Carving Lessons
Imagine yourself in the workshop of Alexander Grabovetskiy. You hear the distinctive sounds of him carving away and swear that you can smell the rich, earthy wood as it peels into looping spirals. Now it’s time for a bit of expectation management. These lessons won’t take you to his workshop, but you can take them from just about anywhere. How does the embrace of your comfortable living room couch sound? A lot of students take their laptop into their own tool shed. Really, you can do whatever works for you. Alexander likes to call it, a classic European apprenticeship from the comfort of the modern home.
His mentoring of these century-old techniques is delivered through a curriculum of uploaded video woodcarving workshops. Pause, rewind and repeat the lessons as you strive toward the proficiency of Alexander himself one day at a time. It is a virtual apprenticeship woodcarving school.
The lessons themselves have a teach by doing approach. It is amazing just how much you can learn watching an artistic process from start to finish. Study a master as he works and listen as he explains and in no time at all, you will grasp at the thinking behind his skilled hands. There are courses for the absolute beginner, the hobbyist, and the professional woodworker.
How does this online wood carving school actually work? A new woodcarving lessons are released every week, to ensure constant growth and improvement of your technique. You can ask questions and engage with this brilliant mind or silently follow along whilst trying to mimic Alexander’s technique.When your art fills the house, and all your friends can’t help but compliment you on your new found creative streak, it is time to learn the techniques that distinguish a master wood carver from a hobbyist. Alexander’s advanced woodcarving lessons and his opening up about how he approaches woodcarving, and his personal craft methodology. This is the stuff that takes a lifetime to learn on your own.
Rather than charge per lesson or sell a set of videos, Alexander wants to build a community, so he can guide and mentor you towards woodworking excellence. Members have access to an ever-increasing repository of wood workshop videos. Start learning a skill for life, today.
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Alexander Grabovetskiy’s online woodcarving school.
It is the best online woodworking school I have seen, and I have seen a lot of them over the years. There are no gimmicks, just European craft tradition solidly rooted in a lifetime of training and experience, taught by a true master woodcarver (if you know me you know I do not use that word lightly, and I believe that is what sets this school apart from many of the other schools out there). Part of that tradition entails sitting at the feet of a master and watching how they work. It’s remarkable how much you can learn watching someone take a piece from beginning to end and learning the framework that their personal craft methodology exists within. Learning to connect the dots of different skills and techniques is really what pushes you to the next level in whatever skill you are pursuing.
Alexander’s school gives you a look into his personal work philosophy and allows you to see the most important parts of carving through his eyes: drawing throughout the carving process, learning to think of carving in three dimensions, how to achieve that vision through your tools, gouge techniques and grips, and other minute details that take a lifetime of experience to gain and make a world of difference in practice. For example, hearing Alexander explain his methodology for using specific tools in certain situations, watching his workflow, how his sharpening setup and frequency, workholding, and workshop all flow together synergistically are things I’ve already taken away from his lessons.
I think one of the best ways to learn a skill is by watching a master, and Alexander is one of the few people I truly believe is a master in woodcarving. This probably sounds like a paid advertisement at this point, but I’m not affiliated with the school. I simply think this is the best carving school available to students today.
On May 14 of this year (2018) I will be attending Alexander Grabovetskiy’s workshop at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking…for the third time. Why? Well, I will be joining other aspiring woodcarvers to learn techniques of course, but for me it is the critique from the master.
As useful and helpful as an actual workshop is, the Alexander Grabovetskiy on line workshop is essential for further development of the wood carving craft.
- History: As Alexander demonstrates he also explains the history of what he is carving and gives quotes and sources.
- Techniques: When Alexander demonstrates a project he proceeds from the beginning to the end and never skips a step. Also he shows alternate ways to get to the goal. His lessons build on one another, so that when one project is finished, many of the techniques and information are brought forward to the next project.
- Composition: Have you ever wondered how the actual form is placed on a project? For me the most informative part of Alexander Grabovetskiy’s instruction is composition from a historical point of view. Also by demonstration drawing techniques fear of picking up a pencil is eliminated.
All this is contained on-line and comes from Alexander Grabovetskiy’s long experience with the craft and art of wood carving
I sign for the lessons couple of weeks ago and find Alexander very good in his teaching abilities. I am very happy. Site has a lot of very interesting and helpful information. This school great for beginners as well as advanced wood carvers. He offers variety of lessons for different technics. Alexander is really friendly and trying to serve you the best…
May 1st 2017
Have you ever wanted to watch a woodcarver create a masterpiece? Have you wanted to learn how he approaches and executes his work? Alexander Grabovetskiy has opened up his carving world to us, with friendly, welcoming dialogue and progressively improving filming that gives us the feel of looking over the master’s shoulder. Still trying to sharpen that V-tool correctly? Alex shows us his approach, and I’m happy to say it takes much of the mystery out of the process. If you are beyond the beginner’s stage and want to be challenged, or if you are ready to take that next step, Alex will lead you by example. In addition to carving his free-flowing, fluid artistry, he will be explaining and demonstrating furniture carving, and I can’t wait. Oh – and expect to suffer some serious tool envy.
Alexander Grabovetskiy, He as an Artist, as a Wood Carver has in his possession the Vision and Masterful Execution of a Lifetime of experience. As an Educator Alex brings foresight and a wonderful senses of humor in addition to his Incredible Carving skills to the classroom…
I am honored to receive his tutelage.!
I was fortunate to have been able to take Alexander Grabovetskiy’s weeklong class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking titled “Carving with a Classical Flair” last week and it was not only very educational but also a lot of fun. As anyone who has seen his work can certainly appreciate, Alex is a truly gifted carver. However, he is also an excellent teacher who genuinely wants his students to learn. He repeatedly asked us, both as a group and also individually, if we were enjoying the class, if we were getting what we wanted out of it, if we understood what he was explaining, and so on.
As a beginning woodcarver, I wasn’t as concerned about the end result “project” as I was in learning more about “technique”. We started out with a review/demonstration of the sharpening techniques used for the various carving tool shapes, which I think most of us found quite valuable. We carved a deep relief of a grouping of grapes, grape leaves and acanthus leaves, with heavy undercutting. The various techniques presented (for me, learning the four basic design principles and gaining the confidence to draw my own fluid designs were of particular value) were exactly what I had hoped for. However, I am also very pleased with the project we did, and I now have the knowledge and confidence to attempt similar carving on my own. I still need to add some refinements, complete the undercutting even more, clean it up, and put a finish it, but my wife is already very pleased with how well it turned out in only my second attempt at carving. Many of the students left with very nice pieces, including Tom, who had never carved anything before the class and was using his late father’s carving tools for the first time.
I am a relatively new member of Alexander’s online school and I have watched all but two of the lessons thus far. There is a lot of value in watching someone carve, without the use of time lapse or heavy editing. As Alex says, it is a lot like being an apprentice, watching the master closely in order to learn the techniques involved. It helped me to see the pace of the carving, how the design is developed as things progress, etc. I am looking forward to the new lessons that he has announced will be coming shortly, but I am also very interested in seeing the final version of the Grinling Gibbons project, which is an enormous undertaking.
Alexander’s school has been a great resource for me, even as a beginner in traditional carving. It is not just a collection of videos but is an interactive course in which he is very responsive through email. He faithfully posts new lessons and resources that are above and beyond what I had expected. By the way, after his demonstration of sharpening, I was even able to get the essential (but much dreaded) V-gouge sharpened to a razor fine edge. This was worth the cost for the whole month! Thanks, Alexander.
I joined Alex’s online carving school a couple of months ago, never having carved before, and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. I have now completed the beginner’s course and struggle to wait to the end of each working day before I can continue with my lessons.Alex’s model of ‘apprentice watching a master’ works surprisingly well online. The camera angles are great, the courses are taken with every step explained, Alex chats away about carving history, his life, his thoughts and his opinions while he is carving, just as if he is chatting to an apprentice watching over his shoulder. He makes the odd mistake which is quite refreshing, but more importantly Alex shows how he corrects these mistakes and that is super valuable to a beginner like me.Last but not least, the fact that Alex takes the time to critique my work, give feedback by mail, and is always available – even welcoming phone calls! really just finishes the master / apprentice model off quite well, especially for the more complicated work where it’s important to have a real discussion.Thanks Alex for starting your school and taking the time to share your craft with someone like me who could never normally have access to your talent and teaching.March 21.2018
I’m 59 and I’ve been carving for about 10 years and have dabbled in many areas: shallow relief, caricature, whimsical houses in cottonwood bark. But I fell in love with high relief floral carving while reading “The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making” by David Esterly. While reading that book I found out that he was leading a class at Marc Adams Schools of Woodworking, took that class, completed my fist piece (of high relief floral carving) and was hooked.
I knew of your work long before I knew of your on-line school. When I found the school last fall, I immediately came onboard and followed many of the projects, especially the Grinling Gibbons inspired piece but somewhere in one of your introductory videos you showed something akin to your Hashemi Flowers. I now see that the Hashemi Flowers are soon to become a real project. I’m there!
Your videos are complete showing nearly every stroke, the “whats”, “whys” and “how-tos” are all explained, and the bit of personal history thrown in makes the viewer feel like they’re having a very personal conversation with you.
By the way I did follow your tool sharpening series and I can say for the first time ever I can get my tools not just sharp but almost “scary-sharp”.
I personally believe that anyone who has been looking for high relief floral carving instruction will be well rewarded to follow along with you and your school.
Thanks for putting yourself and your skills out there for others to learn and grow from.
Master Grabovetskiys School of Woodcarving is by far a best course I found for learning woodcarving. Being a full-time working dad of two beautiful toddlers my main challenge with progressing in my passion of woodcarving have always been (besides lack of time of course) finding an accessible and flexible way to learn and progress from a self taught hobby carver to a ”real” woodcarver in a way the fits me. I really don’t like learning things from just books or quick ”fast-forward” clips on Youtube, can’t really connect very well with that. So I think that’s why this course is really the prefect fit for me, getting the whole apprentice-master relation at my own convenience and pace.
Learning-by-doing is learning that sticks with you for ever..And lastly I’d like to thank you on a more personal level for sharing your superpower skills of how to turn regular wood in to amazing art.
I joined the online school here not long after Alexander started it. There was not much content at the time since the online school was relatively new, but from Alexander’s credentials (2012 International Carver of the Year, for instance) and the body of work he had produced over the years as a master woodcarver (and still does) I knew this would be something special. And my expectations have been exceeded.
Over the past year Alexander has added a significant amount of content (courses and lessons) that cover a wide variety of styles and forms. There is something for everyone, from beginners to very accomplished carvers; from small rosettes and cutting boards, to furniture carvings, to Grinling Gibbons style ornament. You will find courses that require only a few tools, or even just a single knife, if you do not have a larger selection of tools available to you. And that’s not all. Many of the courses include lessons on design and drawing which was a total surprise to me and invaluable for someone who doesn’t want to rely only on (and be limited by) whatever templates and patterns can be found (he provides drawings for download too). There is also content about creating stains from natural and common household resources, the old-world way. Not only is Alexander an extremely talented wood carver, he is a designer, an artist, a historian, a teacher, and a fairly accomplished technologist as well. Alexander does all the video recording and editing himself and it is very well done. Well worth the price of admission and far better than other online carving schools I’ve used in the past.
Then as a bonus I had the privilege recently of meeting and working with Alexander in person at a week-long workshop he teaches at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. As a class group Alexander walked us through the design process, applying the laws and rules of proportion that all the great historical works of art are based on for determining focal points and flow that are pleasing to the eye. We developed a project together in the classroom that was suitable for the materials that were available, and then carved it. The online experience is great for watching how the master does it, but the in-person experience allows the master to watch and interact directly with YOU, one-on-one, to provide feedback to further develop and refine your techniques and skills. Alexander is a wonderful teacher both online and in person, and he makes it fun! It was a memorable experience and I hope to be able to do that again next year.
Dan A Currie – Austin, TX (May 24, 2018)
I have spent, not an inconsiderable amount of time looking for instructional resources, finally discovering Alexander Grabovetskiy. After spending modest amounts of resources and sampling elements of his school, I am confident that you can find no better teacher in the art of wood carving. He has an easy and sincere teaching style, which belies preternatural skill and a deep understanding of his craft. Additionally, Mr. Grabovetskiy is a tech savvy artist who brings to bear the full force of modern technology to an ancient craft. Under his tutelage, anyone may become more than competent if not a master of wood carving. If you are serious about learning this art, get to know Alexander Grabovetskiy. Regards to all, DBF
This has been an excellent course for several reasons. Watching the instruction in real time might at first seem a little tedious, but instead is extremely helpful. It shows clearly the patience, time, and effort needed even by a master to complete a project. Watching the video then going to the bench to attempt to duplicate the moves, then watching again to catch more detail and begin to understand the mistakes, then going back to the wood to try again is surely the next best thing to having the master at your elbow and looking over your shoulder commenting. Watching carefully also assists in developing one’s own fluidity of progression and economy of motion.
The sessions on mechanical shaping, sharpening, and honing aids are particularly helpful and complement hand sharpening instruction available elsewhere. They are practical applications of the principles of the solid geometry of edge tools detailed in Leonard Lee’s The Complete Guide to Sharpening and R. Bruce Hoadley’s Understanding Wood. Both volumes explain the importance of the primary outer, the inner, and the micro bevels on gouges and show why slicing cuts are smoother and easier than direct cutting motion. These course segments, however, deal mainly with changing the primary bevel on tools that already have a keen edge. I would like to see in addition a detailed demonstration of when to switch power grits in gradually diminishing the line of white of a dull or damaged tool.
Although at present I feel more comfortable and confident with a gouge than with a knife, I am continuing to work on the knife skills presented in the beginning sessions. The demonstrations of various ways to handle to tools in addition to the standard two are also very useful.
Perhaps the most valuable and distinguishing features of the course, however, are the fine esthetics of the etudes. What you get for your efforts is not just another clunky carving but an object of joy and beauty that inspires and encourages you to come up with your own designs. It’s clear that to be a good carver one must draw, draw, draw, erase, throw away, draw again before even picking up a gouge.
Thanks again for putting together such a fine instructional program.
My Wood Carving School.
My wood carving school was founded to share my passion for making pretty things out of harvested trees. I received my first wood carving lessons from my grandfather at the age of 6. What he shared sent me down a path that would see me receive rewards and accolades for my ability to make art out of wood.
Why Teach Wood Carving
What an amazing time we live in. If you told a 16-year-old me tucked away in Dimitrovgrad, Russia, that I could speak to an internationally renowned master, regardless of where I was in the world, ask him questions and study his technique in high definition, I wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are at my own personal wood carving school doing exactly that.
When people ask me, what motivates you? I never say profits. I might be a romantic at heart but for me this school is an ode to the passion that became a career. A digital legacy if you will. It’s my way of teaching the next generation, like my grandfather taught me, and passing on the traditions of European wood carving.
For the Hobbyist and My Fellow Wood Carver
I apologize. It might seem at first like my wood carving school is just for beginners, but I assure you that it isn’t the case. Most of my students are lifelong woodworkers. I have taught doctors, lawyers, and even university professors who are passionate and devoted to carving beauty from wood. Your pursuit of knowledge is perhaps the noblest, and I would be honored to help you enrich and deepen your wood craving passion with techniques I have devoted my life to.
If woodworking is your profession I have practical workshops that teach techniques which will showcase your talent and creativity. Before I was able to take a more artistic route, I worked an honest day building furniture. I can promise you that some extra flare will do wonders for your trade and craftsmanship, and I want to help you get there.
My Promise to You
I promise to always provide accurate information and techniques that will help you become a better wood carver. There is no end to an education. Even I still learn new ways to do things and find flaws in my technique. All we can ever do is take the next step, and I will hold your hands when the going gets a little rough and you want to give up. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” My dream for this word carving school is that my voice tells someone to hold onto their art a little longer. You might abandon it later, but a lucky few will find something truly beautiful in the wood, and wood carving will stay with them forever.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.
I am uploading multiple Video Workshops every week.
My approach to teaching Carving Skills is an old European tradition. Part of that tradition entails sitting at the feet of a master and watching how they work. Master wood carver works and explains apprentice watching every move and makes attempts and asks questions. All videos are in real time “uncut”. Multiple courses are offered. “Hands on” Advanced Carving in Grinling Gibbons Style for s Advanced Students. Beginner or Advanced, all will find the workshops helpful. I am covering in my workshop design process for carving, sharpening carving tools techniques and carving, carving, carving.
All workshop videos are available.
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