Learn Woodcarving

The great thing about Sheri’s woodworking classes is that they’re like family. At any given session you could see eight year olds carving beside eighty year olds. Everyone who is taking the class for the first time works on the same grapes and leaves motif as their first project. This naturally creates a certain camaraderie amongst the students. More experienced carvers will often introduce themselves and give tips to the beginners. As students progress, they get to choose their own projects and with assistance from Sheri, and some of the more experienced carvers in the group, everyone progresses at their own speed. Sheri’s courses are different form other woodworking courses because rather than the curriculum being a reflection of what the teacher does, her classes are filled with a variety of students with different interests and skill levels.

Beginning Woodcarving Classes



Introduction to Woodcarving

This 4-session course will teach students the basics of woodcarving. By carving a simple relief design, students learn tool use and skills needed to carve more complex projects of their own. Through handouts, one-on-one instruction and hands-on experience, students will learn how to choose appropriate wood, designs and finishes for future projects. The major emphasis is on traditional hand tool use. Wood will be provided for the first project and there will be tools available for student use during class time. Young people ages 8-12 may take carving classes with approval of the instructor. After completing the Beginning Woodcarving class project students may join the intermediate classes offered during the open Open Studio times.
Beginning woodcarving: Four 3 hour classes – $210

Upcoming Beginning classes:

September 26 to October 17 Thursday evening 6:30- 9:30

October 24 to November 14 Thursday evening 6:30- 9:30

November 21 to December 19 Thursday evening 6:30- 9:30 (No Class November 28)

Call 510-843-8537 or email to confirm and reserve your spot


Intermediate Woodcarving and Sculpture

After students have carved the beginning project they may continue the class and work on their own projects. The instructor will be available to assist with both design and execution of these projects that require more advanced carving techniques. Students purchase their own wood but some hand tools will be available for use during class time. Any machining or custom work done by the instructor is separate and is compensated at a rate of $60.00 per hour shop time. Wood supplied by the instructor is charged by the board foot, price varying by species. Classes purchased in advance must be used within six months unless special arrangements are made with the instructor.
1 class – $45     5 classes – $205

Open Studio times:

  • Thursday 10am - 4pm

  • Saturday 10am - 4pm

Call 510-843-8537 or email to reserve a space.

Private Instruction

Special arrangements can be made for private one on one carving instruction.
Hourly rate – $45

Call 510-843-8537 or email to reserve a space in the next Beginning class.

 Please call or email if you have any questions or would like to talk about your carving project.