Carving Classes in Charleston

Charleston, S.C., is often overlooked. In the 18th century, it was an important place, on par with Philadelphia and Boston as a center of culture and furniture making. It’s still a wonderful place to visit, full of old mansions, excellent examples of period pieces and great seafood. It’s home to several period furniture makers, and a carver you should know about, Mary May.

Mary has studied under some of the finest carvers in the world, and has been carving professionally for many years. Fortunately for those who want to learn this style of carving, she also teaches. She’s been a guest on Roy Underhill’s television show, and her classes at The Woodwright’s School and at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking quickly fill to capacity. We heard from her last week that she is now offering classes in carving, and some of the furniture makers she works with will be teaching classes on other topics in her own school.

You can get more information about these classes from her web site, where you can also purchase DVDs about carving specific details, such as the ball-and-claw foot, Newport shells, or Acanthus leaves on a cabriole leg.

You won’t find a better qualified teacher, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a nicer city to visit than Charleston.

, Robert W. Lang

2 thoughts on “Carving Classes in Charleston

  1. Mark Maleski

    Only 1 comment for Mary May? I slept on the announcement for a recent class of hers in Berryville, VA (@ WWOTSV) and found it full by the time I realized I wanted to enroll – won’t make that mistake again. I have 2 of her DVDs and think they’re well done, and she’s been helpful in answering my follow-up questions. Oh, and there’s no finer place to eat than Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC!

  2. Danny

    Thank you Bob for your kind words about our city. After living in several different places in a professional capacity, there is nowhere I’d rather be. Mary is a hidden gem, thans for bringing her to my attention.

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