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A Perspective on Relief Carving

June 20 - 25, 2021

Sabiha Mujtaba  ·  chrysaliswoodworks.com

Workshop at a glance

Carve miles of visual distance, in perspective, within only a two-inch physical thickness of wood. A technically and mentally stimulating class for all.


  • Relief carving in wood
  • Showing distance and space in low relief
  • Maintenance and handling of power tools


  • Bass wood and/or alder
  • Modleing clay
  • Hand and power carving tools


  • Carving a wall panel out of wood
  • Developing skill in creating the illusion of space in relief carving

Artist Bio

Sabiha Mujtaba is a designer and maker of furniture and carvings who operates Chrysalis Woodworks in Atlanta, Georgia. She has developed her style of design from her sculptural training in London, U.K. Her South Asian heritage reflects the cross-cultural influences in her work of both east and west. Mujtaba’s work has been featured in publications and represented in juried shows and galleries nationally. Purchased and commissioned art works are in private collections and institutions.
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Workshop Description

People perceive distances and depth from their eye’s point of view: above, below, left, and right. A photograph or a painting of that view also gives us that impression, on a two-dimensional surface with variations in colors and tonal qualities. However, to create the same sensation of distance within a shallow dimension, we need to “fool our eyes.” This workshop will help students understand the concept of showing distance in a carving. You will design and create the illusion of space into a carved wall panel approximately 12″ x 18″ x 2″ using solid basswood (linden/lime-wood) or alder. First-time carvers will learn the safe use and techniques of carving as well as the sharpening and maintenance of hand and power tools. Intermediate and advance carvers are encouraged to explore further challenges in this design concept. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $675  ·  download the materials list

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