Carving in Maine – Part 2

Last time I showed you pictures of Deer Island, Maine and the woodshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Steff's class was 5 days long. During that time we lived on the Haystack campus, ate at the school's fantastic dining hall and enjoyed the woods and the beaches of the Island. The campus is elevated above the ground, so rooms, studios and practically everything else hovers above the forest floor. 

My own attempt at carving was modest. I did not have much time to practice it like the other students because I had to help Steff with milling wood, sharpening, and more. I also advised students and helped in other school chores.  Still, I managed to work on a collage of facial features of my partner James. To do this I looked at pictures of him on my computer and carved: an eye, ear, nose, mouth. In the case of the mouth I took the liberty to stray away from the hyperrealism that the exercise demanded. Nevertheless, I like the outcome.


Here are some images of projects completed by our students:

Next time I will show you the cutting board design that I came up with while in Haystack. 




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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.