Woodcarving

Mixed Ability

Wednesday 7:15 - 9:15 PM

10 Weeks

€160

Course Overview

Woodcarving is one of the oldest crafts in the world today. It has being used for functional and decorative use through the ages. Wooden objects have not survived as well as stone and bronze, mainly due to insect attacks and the fact that it degrades over the centuries.


One of the earliest carving was found in a tomb in Egypt and dates back six thousand years. It was carved in the likeness of a man with bronze, ebony, rock crystals, and quarts inlay in it. This course will introduce you to the ancient craft of woodcarving.


The aim of the course will be to build confidence and to dispel some of the myths surrounding woodcarving. You will work through a range of simple projects during the course, picking up some important woodcarving skills along the way. Students do not need any prior knowledge of woodworking or art to successfully complete the course. All you need is enthusiasm and a belief in yourself! Equipment will be provided. The tutor will provide any other details on materials required in advance.

Additional Information

Equipment will be provided. The tutor will provide any other details on materials required in advance.

Tutor Details: Adrian Finlay

Adrian started carving in the early '90s and attended NCAD where he completed a three-year course. In addition to that, he completed a one-week course with one of Europe’s finest carvers Ian Norbury, whilst he has also attended an Austrian college in the Bavarian Alps and completed another intense one-week course.

He has been carving now for 30 years, and in the last fifteen years I has been teaching woodcarving, woodwork, and woodturning

At present, he is a woodwork and art teacher in two schools - one in Dublin city centre and the other in Bray. He has a degree in Timber Technology and one of his most recent projects is carving trees in his local area for the community