Sparks of carving creativity can turn a stick into a knickknack, a tree into a canoe, or Abe Lincoln's boyhood log cabin into a federal vandalism charge. Harness the power of bark-covered beauty with today's Groupon: for $120, you get an introductory woodcarving seminar at Calvo Studio in Gloucester (a $220 value). Choose from classes on July 19, July 31, August 9, August 12, August 14, September 13, or September 27, which last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a lunch break.
Master woodcarver David Calvo, who boasts more than a quarter century of experience and appearances on PBS television shows, helms Calvo Studio, where he trains students how to unearth beauty hidden inside blocks of wood. Novice craftsmen train their hands in the fundamentals of woodcarving techniques, including working with different types of wood, sharpening tools, designing pieces, and instilling jealously in woodchucks. Students can transform a block of wood into a fine work of art or two smaller pieces of wood with shared tools provided by the studio or with a personal tool package available for purchase (an additional $100).
David Calvo first picked up woodcarving as a college student at the University of Massachusetts more than 30 years ago. Since then, he's consistently showcased his skills at international woodworking trade shows, on nationally televised PBS programs such as The Woodwright's Shop and American Woodshop, and in woodworking-centric magazines, including Popular Woodworking and Woodshop News. David's studio splits its time between contemporary and classical styles, and its work—ranging from ornaments and furniture to custom-carved doors and fine art reliefs—has inhabited an impressive lineup of venues, including the Statue of Liberty Museum and Harvard University's renowned Sanders Theatre. Students hoping to learn the woodcarving craft can have David and his staff whittle skills and tips into their brains during a variety of classes, seminars, and multiday workshops offered at the studio.