Introduction to Carving Wood with Hand Tools Workshop - November 2023

Learn about woods, tools, elements of design, and carve a shallow bowl from a prepared blank of wood.


November 25 - 26, 2023


Carving on the Edge Festival


Robinson Cook


IISAAK Learning Lodge at the Naa’Waya’Sum Gardens
formerly known as the Botanical Gardens,
1084 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino


This 2-day workshop (Nov 25 & 26th) hosted by the Carving on the Edge Festival will introduce participants to understanding wood grain, alignment, and identifying west coast wood species. Students will learn about the different types of tools, their safe use, care, and sharpening. The workshop will also cover elements of design for carving and transferring designs from paper to wood. The main project will be to carve a shallow bowl from a prepared blank of wood. The bowl will have a large rim and may provide an opportunity for some shallow relief carving if time permits.

All materials, tools, and wood will be provided. Please bring your own tools if you have them. The workshop consists of 4- 3 hour sessions; 9 AM-12 PM & 1 PM-4 PM over 2 days. Please provide your own water and food for lunch.

Robinson Cook

Since 2014, Robinson has been a key contributor to the success of the workshops programming component of the Carving on the Edge Festival. He has instructed several workshops himself, taken a leadership role in coordinating artist instructors, and overseen production. Robinson’s community mindedness and long-standing relationships with artists in the carving community have contributed to his success in facilitating and growing the Open Carving Area. Following the 2018 festival, Robinson formed the Carving on the Edge Carving Club, an informal bimonthly gathering of carvers that was inspired by the desire to keep the momentum going from the festival and to support people who are not carving every day.

This workshop is supported by the District of Tofino, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, and the British Columbia Arts Council.

Photo Credits: Carving on the Edge Festival

Course fee:

Sliding Scale $100-$300

How to register:

Register through the link below!