Hobbit Hole Relief Scene – Online Class | Live Critique sessions start June 15th



This class will consist of prerecorded videos and live progress review sessions via Zoom.

The live review sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

Tuesday Afternoons 1:30pm – 2:30pm and Thursday nights 8pm – 9 pm

You will provide your own wood.

A suggested tool list can be provided along with suggestions on project size.

The prerecorded instructional videos (Approximately 20-30 hours of video or however long it takes Dylan to do the carving.) will be available for you to watch at your convenience and own pace during the length of the class. To receive feedback on your progress you will need to email Dylan pictures of your carving so that Dylan can comment on your progress while drawing on your carving (to show areas that need adjustment etc.) during the live Zoom sessions.

Dylan is holding the review sessions at different times to make it easier for people to attend the live sessions. Please note that you don’t have to attend the live sessions in order to receive feedback on your progress, though you will definitely be able to get more out of the class if Dylan is able to discuss your carving with you as he gives feedback.  Also Dylan is only expecting students to attend one of the week’s review sessions.

The carving that Dylan will be making as he demonstrates will actually be a slightly different version of the pictured design. This is because the carving that he’ll be doing is part of a commission project and as such he was limited in some ways as to what he could do.  Limits that didn’t apply when he formatted it into the version that you’ll be carving. Almost all of the elements that Dylan will be carving are present in the pattern that you’ll receive, though some in different places and for the few things that are not present in Dylan’s version he will demonstrate those specifically.  Dylan specifically forbids you from directly coping the version that he’ll be doing so that he can provide a measure of exclusivity to his customer.  Plus the version Dylan has drawn for you is a better composition anyway.

This is going to be a fun project to carve as it will not have to be nearly as precise as Dylan’s normal relief scenes that include buildings and has great potential for personalizing.

Since Dylan is in the process of carving the demonstration piece this tool list is from a past project but it features most of Dylan’s go to tools.  So if you’ve got tools similar you should be able to make it work.

• #2 gouges: 12mm, 3/4″ (19mm),
• #5 gouges: 5/16″ (8mm), 12mm, 1″ (25mm)
• #7 gouge: 3/8″ (10mm)
• #9 gouges: 3/16″ (5mm), 18mm
• #11 gouge: 1/8″ (3mm)
• V-tools: 1/16″ (2mm), 5/16″ (8mm)
• Spoon-bent skew chisels: 1/8″
(3mm) left, 1/8″ (3mm) right
• Woodburner with tips: skew or
Gugefire bent tip, micro skew
• Rotary tool with bits: needle shaped stump cutter, 1/16″-dia. cylinder-shaped diamond, 1/32″-dia. inverted cone-shaped HSS flute cutter
• 3M radial bristle discs: 80 grit (yellow), 400 grit (blue)

You will need the following in order to participate:

  • You will need to have a smartphone, iPad or computer with webcam (laptop) and decent internet in your carving area.  You will need to download the Zoom app.  You do not have to sign up for a Zoom account, though it is free if you want to.

After you purchase the class, you will be emailed instructions on how to join the class.