Carving small animal sculptures

with Carol Russell | Carol Russell Woodwork

2 day workshop

Explore the gentle, meditative art of wood carving by learning to carve small animal forms. The emphasis of this class is to learn to create a three-dimensional sculpture hand-held using simple hand tools.

In this class you will learn how to carve small abstract animal forms that capture the essence of your subject. These little sculptures are full of delight and are a great way to find your own creative voice whilst learning the technical side of using carving tools.

The timber used for these little sculptures is very much part of the story, the form can be influenced by the grain, so timber choice is important. We’ll work with a variety of beautiful Australian timber.

The class will cover:

• Timber and tool selection
• Cutting blanks by hand
• Sharpening
• Safe carving techniques
• Finishing using milk paint, natural pigments, oils and charring


Age: Suitable for 18 years and over.


Hosted over two days (participants attend both days)

  • Saturday 4th May, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
  • Sunday 5th May, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

All tools and materials provided.

No previous experience necessary.

What to wear and things to bring

  • Please wear covered shoes.
  • Please bring a notepad, pencil and an apron if possible.
  • All tools and materials are supplied at the workshop
Book quick, only 10 spots!

About Carol Russell

Carol Russell is a self-taught woodworker who has been making pieces for most of her adult life. 

She began in 1987 with small furniture projects and antique restoration, spending time in workshops and gleaning what she could from craftspeople who were prepared to share their knowledge. She spent several years on small commission projects, exhibiting her work in galleries in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.

Carol became interested in teaching the craft herself. In 1997 she began teaching woodwork at Carbatec, a supplier of woodworking tools in Brisbane, where she was employed to create a woodworking school. 

The Australian Wood Review have published several of her articles on tools and woodworking techniques. She works full time teaching and creating unique pieces of tableware and small sculptural pieces from Australia’s forest timbers.