This weekend I attended Ian Norbury’s Carve by Numbers class at American Woodcarving School in Wayne NJ, the first stop of Ian’s 2013 tour. Ian and his wife Betty are a delight. Ian is a gifted teacher and observing his carving expertise is a pleasure. His talent is obvious and Ian shares his knowledge unprotected and with cheerful enthusiasm.
It is a surreal retreat to set aside three full days to carve beside a legend. It’s not often I have the time or the energy to focus on nonstop carving. At the end of the weekend I nearly completed my Female Head and returned home inspired and driven to carve more. Both Ian and Betty are warm, welcome and a lot of fun. I hope our paths will cross again someday.
A time-lapse video of me carving this piece is available on my site.