Tracey Cheuvront

Creator & Powervarver, also Specializing in Tool Restoration

Self taught, Tracey carves functional wooden art without the use of templates, guidelines or automated machinery. In addition to teaching powercarving and tool restoration, he has made many hundreds of one-of-a-kind spoons, bowls, tool handles, and custom pieces in the last handful of years. His innovative and ever-evolving workflow meshes hand and powercarving techniques allowing him to make unique, exquisite pieces with remarkable expediency. In his seminars, Tracey will primarily emphasize the hand tools and methods that remain indispensable to his unorthodox process.

Tracey Cheuvront’s 2020 Seminars, 2021 Seminars TBA
Paid Seminars

Hand Carving a Spoon - $50

(Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm)
The humble spoon is the ideal project to illustrate basic hand carving principles. Traditionally, spoons would be hand carved from fresh cut green wood, which is soft and amenable to hand tooling, but you can certainly carve spoons from dry lumber as well — many an heirloom spoon has originated from a scrap board or the firewood pile! In this two hour seminar, I will show you how to carve a beautiful spoon while discussing design features, wood species, tooling options, and carving techniques.

Backyard Wood Processing - $50

(Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm)
Unwanted trees can be so much more than firewood, so capitalize on an underutilized resource! Many of the hardwood species growing throughout the US in urban areas are not readily available on the commercial market but are beautiful, plentiful, and easy to work with. Whether for immediate or future use, you can prepare your own high quality small project blanks with a minimal investment in equipment, space, and time. We will go step by step through methods of acquiring, assessing, processing, and preserving raw logs. Additional topics will include identifying wood species and their potential uses, sawing vs. splitting, tool selection, wood behavior and avoiding pitfalls.

Seminars included with general admission

The Capable Shavehorse

(Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Saturday 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
If you have never used a well designed shavehorse for hand shaping with a drawknife, spokeshave, rasp, or scraper, you don’t know what you’re missing! This marvel of efficiency and ergonomics is indispensable for every hand tooling step in my work carving spoons and tool handles. I will run through shavehorse design considerations as well as specific tooling approaches.

Power Carving Bowls

(Friday 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Saturday 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm)
See how powercarving can quickly and efficiently transform a log or timber into a stunning centerpiece by not only hogging out waste material, but also creating contours and interesting surface textures. In this step-by-step demonstration, I will illustrate the use, safety, and ergonomic aspects of various tools, and include a discussion of the many considerations of the wood itself that go into achieving a successful project.

The Metaphorical Axe Handle

(Friday 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Saturday 3:30pm – 4:30pm)
A proper axe handle needs to be strong and tough, yet supple, and maybe even a little bit sexy. Ditto for a spoon, archery bow, or table leg. I make it no secret that I regard the axe handle as the pinnacle form of woodworking, but the information I present here carries over to all other areas where hand shaping and contouring is required. In the course of an hour, I will carve such a handle while explaining how to read grain and get the most out of several types of hand tools.