It has been our pleasure and a great satisfaction to have been teaching the fine art of wood carving since 1979.

Your Instructors

Wood carving classes Betty and Bob Padden have been professional master wood carvers for over 35 years. They have created pieces for such clients as the Walt Disney Company, Anheuser-Busch, the U.S Army's 10th Mountain Division, as well as hundreds of companies across the country. In addition, they are the authors of “Lettering and Sign Carving Workbook”and many articles for “Wood Carving Illustrated” magazine. They have also been featured in such publications as “Country Marketplace,” “Sign Builder's Illustrated”, “Market Square Preview and “Gift ware News” . Betty has also worked as a licensed artist since 2001.

Learn wood carvingOur Classes

We offer instruction in all types of wood carving, from incised, relief and “in the round” or sculpture. You will be shown how to “see” dimensionally, and how to break a project down into manageable steps. Once the carving is complete, we then bring you through the finishing process. You will bring the carving to life with expert instruction in painting in either oils, acrylic or latex finishes. We have guided even the most novice of beginners through the process, from idea to design and layout, onto the carving and painting process with wonderful results. It is a great moment for us to see the look of astonished pleasure and pride on our student's faces when they see their finished piece.

Learning wood carvingClass Schedule

Our classes are offered on the following days and times in our studio in Auburn MA.

Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening:  7-9 pm
Friday Morning: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Each class session you join consists of 7 classes of 2 hours each for a total of 14 hours of professional instruction. Classes are paid in full at the time of registration. The cost for each of these 7 week sessions is $97.
We also offer an all day Saturday class once a month that meets from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The cost  is $55

Please call for the next class session starting dates and for available openings.

New students may use our chisels while in class if they do not have chisels of their own. Most students go on to purchase their own as time goes by. The cost of materials (wood, paint, etc.) are not included in the cost of the class.

We invite you to join us in a truly enjoyable evening, and try your hand at this ancient craft. Take a look through our Classes and Projects Gallery to see more examples of the fine work our students have completed.