All dates are now fully booked. We are hoping to arrange more with Mike in the near future.
G&S Specialist Timber presents Mike Painter's Woodcarving Course
This is a two-day course.
The price includes materials and a lunch of delicious locally sourced food on both days. Refreshments are provided through the day to keep you focused on the task at hand!
Close individual tuition will be given and you can choose your own project with Mike's help and advice.You will also be given guidance in the correct choice of chisels and sharpening.
Complete beginners to advanced carvers - everyone is welcome.
Times: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Location: G&S Specialist Timber, Stainton, Cumbria, CA11 0ES
Places are strictly limited to 8 per day providing a relaxed atmosphere with lots of tutor-student time
Payment will be taken at the time of placing your order
Cancellations made 30 days before the course date will be fully refunded
"I recently attended the October wood carving course taught by Mike Painter. I really enjoyed the two days. Mike was great, patient and very informative. He easily adjusted his approach to deal with total beginners and those with a bit of experience behind them. He answered all questions and covered a wide variety of issues such as wood types, how to approach a carving, tool selection and sharpening and all in a very practical manner. I thoroughly recommend anyone regardless of ability to attend this course. I learned a lot in a short while. The facilities were also great. Many thanks to those who provided lunch and refreshments." Chris
Mike Painter has been teaching wood and stone carving for over 35 years.
In 1997 Michael supervised a team of carvers to work on the fire damage at Windsor Castle. His work was acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen with a personal letter of thanks and a specially commissioned medal. In 1988 he became a fellow of the William Morris Fellowship which is organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (S.P.A.B.) and in 1991 presented his carved bust of William Morris to Her Royal Highness the Queen Mother who was patron of the Fellowship.
He studied at the European School for craftsmen at San Servolo, Venice and in 1994 after a considerable and lengthy selection process was elected as a member into the Royal Society of British Sculptors whose patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Before becoming self employed in January 2003 Michael worked for Linford Bridgeman, an architectural and ecclesiastical company specialising in the traditional crafts of wood carving.
He achieved the position of Master Carver and Head Of Department. He has worked on Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster and many National Trust buildings. In February 2001 Michael was elected into the Worshipful Guild of Smiths who have been in existence since 1601.