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Shape, Form, and Surface: Carving for Functional Sculpture

October 1 - 6, 2023

Josie Vogel  ·  josievogelstudio.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn to use conventional tools to shape, sculpt, and open up new possibilities for your woodworking in the form of functional objects.


  • Using various machine and hand tools to shape and sculpt wood
  • Designing objects that please the eye and hand
  • Using layout tools to achieve symmetry and repeat


  • Kiln-dried wood


  • Completing several test pieces in various stages of development
  • Creating a small batch of functional sculptures
  • Gaining confidence with woodshop machines
  • Understanding which tool will help you achieve your goals

Artist Bio

Josie Vogel is an artist, woodworker, and educator, and is director of woodworking at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While pursuing her BFA in sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, she fell in love with woodworking and dedicated her career to the craft ever since. Whether in the form of sculpture, furniture, or small goods, her work prioritizes craft, utility, and the inherent beauty of the material. Vogel creates objects that are alive with color, texture, luster and movement, and which are meant to be touched, held, and put to good use. Her work is exhibited in stores and galleries in North Carolina.

  • Josie Vogel
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will develop their skills in nontraditional methods of wood carving to create functional, sculptural objects. In class you will explore different processes of working with wood to create reproducible forms in small batches. Participants will learn to safely use the major machines of the woodshop to break down lumber, and to design and sculpt out objects of your own invention such as vessels, vases and more using the bandsaw and various hand tools. The goal of the course is to explore shapes, forms, and surfaces, and to develop pieces that can be produced in small batches or collections with designs unique to your vision as a maker. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


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

Available : 5
Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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