Creativity can strike at any moment, whether you’re near a piece of wood or beside a slumbering strongman and many rolls of toilet paper. Learn to recognize opportune moments with today’s Groupon to Calvo Studio in Gloucester. Choose between the following options:
- For $79, you get an introductory woodcarving seminar for one (a $220 value).
- For $149, you get an introductory woodcarving seminar for two (a $440 value).
Choose from classes on December 18, January 14–15, January 28–29, February 11–12, or February 26, which last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a lunch break.
Featured on PBS’ The Woodwright’s Shop, seasoned wood sculptor David Calvo brings more than 25 years of experience to the tender transfiguration of stoic wood blocks. Novice fingers and thumbs learn to grip and trace tracks of timber, learning basic woodworking techniques through demonstrations and splinter-shearing practice. One-day seminars hook beginners with the baby steps needed to whittle award-winning chifforobes and bas-relief toothpicks, and include all necessary woodworking tools and timber. David imparts contemporary and classical styles through the session’s grain wheel exercise, which teaches the steady hands and stony gaze needed to permanently transform wood, regardless of the enchanted talking tree it came from.
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.