June 27, 2015 - June 28, 2015| Register: $295
Slate is often overlooked as a potential carving material due to its association with more utilitarian uses such as: roofing, gravestones, floor tile or going back a few years, blackboards. In fact, slate has a wonderful tight grain that accepts fine detail and can be worked up to a matte shine. Its relative softness allows ease of carving with standard fire-sharpened steel hand tools and very quickly with pneumatic powered carbide tipped chisels. The flat nature of slate makes it an ideal media for relief carvings; think what the Egyptians did with incised line and shallow cutting.
The workshop will concentrate on proper tool usage (traditional and pneumatic), a brief tool-making demonstration, sandblast etching and techniques for translating a drawing or calligraphy onto stone. All levels of skill are encouraged – just bring: ideas, text samples, sketches and of course, enthusiasm.