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Virtual Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Makers that are comfortable with a femme centered space

  • 30 March 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom
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  • If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, we have 8 seats available for the cost of materials alone.

    Materials fee
  • Class =$45
    Materials =$15
    Shipping not included.

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Join us for a virtual workshop on chip carving - a versatile style of folk carving using inexpensive and simple tools taught by the talented Aspen Golann.

Aspen will demonstrate essential cuts and shapes that you can use to adorn furniture, boxes, utensils, any kind of decorative or functional woodwork. We will cover design layout, traditional motifs, and contemporary designs.

Learn to use a traditional cut knife for use in soft woods, and a straight chisel for hardwood and furniture applications. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of woodworking experience, chip carving is an exciting and accessible craft. We will cover tools, wood selection, grips, straight and curved cuts, Roman letters, carving design and layout, and straight chisel techniques to carve in furniture grade hardwoods.

March 30th 6:00pm central time

This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 16 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course. It will be recorded for participants to reference later on.

Course materials include: practice Basswood Boards, print off patterns, acetone, and  flexcut chip carving knife rental. Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at location near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis on March23 4:00-9:00 pm. This address will be emailed to students upon registration. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $18.00. (covers to & from shipping). 

This course has 8 sponsored seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $15. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration and shipping fee will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

Aspen Golann is an artist and a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker living in North Carolina. Her furniture work blends contemporary art with classic American furniture forms to make subtle statements about power dynamics in the world of craft. Golann’s work has been exhibited nationally and is published in Fine Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture, Lost Art Press Blog, Luxe Magazine, Art New England, and artscope. She does domestic and international commission work for designers such as Beata Heuman (UK), Harvard Design Project (MA), and Building Preservation Associates (MA). She has taught at Penland School of Craft (NC), Haystack School of Crafts (ME), Lie Nielsen Tool Works (ME), and has done residencies at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME), Torpedo Factory (VA), Monson Arts (ME) and the Vermont Studio Center (VT). She has received funding for her work from The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Anderson Ranch Art Center and The Maloof Foundation. She holds a degree in Fine Furniture from the acclaimed North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA, as well as a BA in studio art from Kenyon College and is currently the Wood Shop Coordinator for The Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC.


Cost breakdown for $45 class:

Instructor receives $50/hr  for instruction

Admin receives $5/student

Tool Rental $10

Website/zoom subscription $10

Materials cost breakdown $15:

Wood $10

Prep time $5

What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email us womenswoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 

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