20 Feet Within 2 Inches: A Perspective On Relief Carving

November 3, 2019 – November 9, 2019

Sabiha Mujtaba

We perceive distance and depth from our eye’s point of view. A photograph or painting gives us that impression on a 2D surface with variations in colors and tonal qualities. However, to create the same sensation of distance in a shallow depth or relief we need to “fool our eyes.” This workshop helps students understand distance in relief carving. Participants will design their own project using basswood (linden/lime-wood) and/or alder. Exercises include using two and three vanishing points for basic shapes, such as a pyramid, box, or cylinder carved in shallow relief. Beginners will learn safety techniques, sharpening, and caring and handling of carving gouges and power carving tools. Intermediate and advance students are encouraged to explore further challenges in their craft. Open to all skill levels.


Sabiha Mujtaba lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is a designer and maker of furniture and carvings in wood. In 1986, she formed Chrysalis Woodworks. She designs and makes custom wood furniture and installations for clients across the country. Mutjaba also teaches woodworking classes at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta, and other crafts schools across the country.

Sabiha Mujtaba

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2019. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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