Zoom Workshops – Wood

Texture as Vocabulary

Emma Senft

August 26, 2022
4:00 -6:30PM ET

Tuition: $90

Registration Closed

This workshop will teach the principles of treating surfaces with hand carving. The course will include an introduction to carving technique including an understanding of wood and its properties.

Using gouges and carving chisels, we will look at how to produce varying and contrasting textures. Students will learn considerations for choosing different gouges and chisels for varied mark making, and using these to define planes and forms with fields of texture. 

The workshop will include a demo and discussion of how to sharpen our carving tools. 

We will also briefly cover some options for appropriate finishes over a carved surface.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Check out the list of additional supplies you will need for this workshop here.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferable with a $25 fee.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask  questions. Participants will also receive a recording of the demonstration to use for up to 30 days.

Emma Senft is an artist and furniture maker working in wood. She received her BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, and a DEP in Cabinetmaking from Rosemount Technology Centre in Montreal. Emma has been a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch, and has exhibited at galleries across the USA and Canada. Senft is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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