Carving Critters and Cigar Box Reliefs

Instructor: Don Best

Supplies/Materials Fee: $25

Enrollment limit: 12 FULL Waitlist Only

Level: All levels

Cigar Box Relief student work

Students will learn a process for designing and pattern-making towards the creation of a critter – animal, insect, etc – of their own invention. Patterns will be transferred to wood, and shapes – torso, legs, heads and tail – will be roughed-out on the bandsaw. Using a carving knife supplied by the instructor, students will refine shapes and embellish them with texture. Instructor will present a technique for assembling these parts, and students will be encouraged to finish their critters using paints or stains of their choice. Students will also be introduced to Cigar Box Reliefs, and will be encouraged to bring their found objects and a cigar box to work with. Depending on skill level all students will go home with at least one finished piece, and possibly several.

Three Bears…and Cousin Frank, wood sculpture 14 x 17

Don Best is a wood artist based in western Maine. His work focuses on relief carving, an art form that has been around for 6,000 years. He integrates painting, drawing, and sculptural processes to create visual narratives; animals are a continuing theme and inspiration. Don has exhibited widely in Maine. He received a  Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in sculpture from Maine College of Art.