I Saw The Sign: Wooden Sign Carving



Erin Philp
Wednesdays , February 15 – March 15, 2023
6:00pm – 8:30pm

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 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


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Erin Philp

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. 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.

She has worked restoring wooden boats from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and spent her youth sailing throughout the Great Lakes. 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 most recent piece ‘High Tide’ can be viewed as public art on the Dynamite Trail just outside Mahone Bay at the Narrows Basin Bridge.


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