I Saw The Sign: Wooden Sign Carving
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Monday to Friday, August 21 – August 25, 2023
10:00am – 4:00pm
In this workshop we will design and carve a wooden sign for your home, your business, or to give as a gift. Concepts covered include the foundations of sign carving using a variety of chisels and knives, as well as basic carving knowledge regarding wood type and grain direction. Students will start by designing their sign on a wood blank (come with an idea in mind!) and then move on to carving and finally completing it with a variety of finishes. By the end of the workshop you’ll have a sign to hang and enjoy!
All levels of experience are encouraged to register.
Students should bring:
An idea for a 12″ x 14″ sign
- Any carving tools you might have and want to use
- A mallet or hammer if you have one
- Hearing protection
Erin Philp is a local South Shore artist, woodworker and shipwright. While she holds both a B.A. from the University of Toronto and her Journeyman’s Papers in Cabinetry, her true passion is for all things nautical. Erin spent her youth sailing throughout the Great Lakes and her work on restoring wooden boats has taken her from the Pacific to the Atlantic
Much of her work revolves around playful reinterpretations of nautical themes that draw on her love of sailing and maritime history, as well as the natural beauty of the local coastal landscape.
Her love of history and tradition have inspired a deep passion and reverence for heritage skills, tools and methodology. At the same time, she is always open to innovating and venturing off the beaten path. The concepts of play, levity and courage are integral to her work.
Her public art piece ‘High Tide’ can be viewed on the Dynamite Trail just outside Mahone Bay at the Narrows Basin Bridge. You can see her most recent body of work, ‘Volitation/Illumination’, on exhibit at the Lunenburg School of the Arts.