Description

This is a great way to learn some of the basics of wood carving under the guidance and tuition of the incredibly talented Ronnie Sexton. Ronnie graduated in carving and guilding in 1994 at the London School of Art. She won the coveted ‘William Wheeler’ prize for outstanding work and was part of a selected group of artisans chosen to work on the five year restoration of ‘Windsor Castle’ which had been damaged by fire.

This is an ongoing carving class for those that would like to take up carving more seriously. Beginners will be introduced to a traditional acanthus leaf design. You will be introduced to all the fundamentals of carving that will enable you to get started included.

  • Sharpening
  • Care and maintenance of carving chisels
  • Tool choices
  • Transferring designs onto timber
  • Correct sequence of steps required to produce any 3D carving design
  • Tool control
  • How to apply a basic oil and wax finish

For those who are of a more advanced level, Ronnie has a number of more challenging projects. For example, Ronnie has developed a project for intermediate students of a rosette of flowers based on a ‘Grinling Gibbons’ masterpiece, who is arguably the most famous carver of all time. Students may also bring along their own carving projects.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 2.5 hours per session

What you will learn
  • Basics of wood carving under the guidance and tuition of the incredibly talented Ronnie Sexton.
  • Fundamentals of carving that will enable you to get started.
  • Tool choices and control.
What you will get
  • Students may also bring along their own carving projects.
  • Intermediate students of a rosette of flowers based on a ‘Grinling Gibbons’ masterpiece.
  • Wood and tools are provided.

What to bring
  • You and your interest to learn crafting.
What to wear

Casual (Warning: It might get messy)

Appropriate for

Beginners and Intermediate


The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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