Relief Carving in Lime Wood
Marion Smith

  • Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Duration: 10 Hours
  • Day/s: Saturday
  • Course Fee: Full Price: £195 Concession: £175.50
  • Course Starts: 20/10/2018
  • Course Ends: 27/10/2018

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Saturday 20 and 27 October 2018

Learn to hand carve a relief panel in locally sourced Lime wood on this new course led by Marion Smith.

Lime has several properties that make it ideal for relief carving and it was especially favoured for delicate work by master woodcarvers like Grinling Gibbons. Seasoned Lime is very stable and is soft enough to be carved and yet firm enough to hold a precisely cut surface, it sands well and smells wonderful.

In preparation for the class you will be given guidance notes including images to help you research and prepare a suitable design on paper from your personal photos or drawings.

You will work on a panel approximately A3 in size and 30mm thick and there will be an opportunity to discuss your design and modify to suit your chosen piece of timber.

Over the course you will:

  • Be guided through the process from transferring your design to carving in relief
  • Be given advice on safe working practice, which tools are appropriate for different tasks and how to use and maintain them.

Techniques towards finishing your carving will also be demonstrated.


Marion Smith Born in Fife, Marion studied sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Her practice centres on creating site-specific commissions that embody a considered understanding of their location. She works in a wide range of materials. Carving is predominant in her work, whether on a monumental scale in granite, or close work in plaster towards making small works in bronze, she is particularly interested in the relationship between drawing and sculpture.

Marion has built up a wide range of experience to draw upon through her sustained practice and as a technician, manager of sculpture facilities and tutor. She has run numerous community workshops to complement exhibitions and inform commissions. Her practice expresses a devotion to exploring the possibilities of a broad variety of materials and the use of traditional skills in innovative ways marionsmithsculptor.co.uk.