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Carving in the Style of Grinling Gibbons: Foliage Carving -Marc Adams School of Woodworking

July 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am - July 14, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


Alexander will introduce the student to the Grinling Gibbons design process and ways to embellish their furniture as well as give it character. He will start by sharing his sharpening techniques which he calls “sharpening on steroids.”  This is a production style of sharpening that is fast and precise, which he uses every day that he carves.  Demonstrations will also include how to use carving gouges the old-fashioned way – by hand.


This class will cover tool selection, how to work with grain issues in the wood, planning the cut, ways to carve safely, how to clamp the wood without damaging the carving, and subtle tips and tricks in getting the best use out of your gouges. Students will start with carving a basic relief of floral decoration, then move on to a more advanced relief carving of a classical acanthus leaf design, and finally will move on to carve a classic shell design in relief. Alexander will explain how to think through a carving project in order to make the carving process the most efficient. He will also demonstrate how to carve the linen-fold design, how to carve grapes or beads, and how to carve lettering.

Here some of reviews:

  1. Kelly: “Hi, I’m Kelly. I’m here with these wonderful people today, including my instructor, Alex, at the Marc Adams School for Woodworking. This is my first class, first woodcarving class, actually, ever. I knew that this was going to be a difficult class, and I was actually told that I was going to cry at some point this week. Well, it has been very difficult, I’m not crying over the woodworking. I’m probably going to cry, though, that it’s over soon. I’ll definitely be back soon. This has just been an amazing experience, and I’ve met so many amazing people, so many wonderful people. Wonderful people. Wonderful people, including Alex. So come take a class here. You won’t regret it.”

  2. Joe: “Hi, my name is Joe, and I’m here at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, otherwise known as Marc Adams Woodworking fantasy camp. And this week I took a wood carving class with the great woodworking instructor Alexander Grabovetsky, which I hope I pronounced it right because it’s nodding. Okay. And what we did was this fabulous carving. Alex really challenges you in the woodcarving in more ways than I can describe. And he has this way of teaching that makes you want to be a better woodcarver and a better woodworker. And it’s a very relaxing environment, very challenging environment. And what you do is you get to see what you able to do, what you’re able to do. And we thank him for that. Outside of a good dog, nothing beats taking a class with Alex. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to see what you’re doing.”

  3. Susan: “I’m Susan Porter. I’m taking Alexander’s carving class. I thought I was going to be intimidated and fall flat on my face, but I didn’t. I think it has something to do with teaching style. He’s really a very knowledgeable young man with a world of information. Marc Adams School is probably the best woodworking school in the country and in the world, perhaps. And people ought to take advantage of this school.”

  4. Michael: “Hello. My name is Michael Austin Chandler. This is my first time here at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. We’re taking the “Carving in the Style of Grinling Gibbons” class taught by Alexander Grabovetskiy. So far, it’s been a really wonderful experience. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, this has been wonderful to have just a wealth of knowledge laid upon us so that way we can learn more fundamentals and some techniques that are not just open to the public that people know. So it’s been a great experience overall. Alexander has been a wonderful teacher, been very helpful, encouraging, while also just helping us understand the whole process of it more and making it really fun as well. You should definitely take the class. It’s been a wonderful time and you wouldn’t regret coming here.”

  5. Roy: “Hey, I’m Roy Almaroad from Kingsport, Tennessee. We’re in Alex Grabovetskiy’s fantastic, advanced art class, dealing with the Grinling Gibbons style of woodworking. It’s very difficult, but Alex makes it just possible for anyone to learn. I know because I’ve been in art for all my life, 77 years. Alex is by far, and I truly mean this, one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. Thank you, Alex. The school is easily accessible to most any place in the United States. It’s a great location, clean air, wonderful personnel and staff. You couldn’t find

  1. Ryan: “Hi, my name is Ryan. This is my second time carving here at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I just like to let the work speak for itself. Here was being taught by Alexander Grabovetskiy, and I went from not being able to carve to carving this. He’s a really talented and skilled teacher with a great sense of humor. I always loved coming here. I came here maybe about nine years ago, eight or nine years ago, and I’ve been coming back ever since. This is one of the most fun classes that I’ve taken.”

  2. Gary: “Hello, I’m Gary, and I’m from Illinois. I am taking Alexander’s wood carving class at Marc Adams School. I found the class and the instruction very informative, all the way from basic skills of presenting the tool to the wood to the final cut of the flower and the arm metal design. I look forward to further classes. This is my fourth class with the instructor and find it very pleasant. Thank you.”

  3. John: “I’m John. I’m here at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, studying Grinling Gibbons technique of Woodcarving with Master Carver Alexander Grabovetskiy. This is a great place to come and learn amazing, talented teachers, amazing, talented students. You need to come take a class here.”

  4. Mark: “Hi, my name’s Mark. I’ve been attending Marc Adams School of Woodworking for several years. I have my Master’s certification, but you want to keep taking classes to learn new things, new techniques. My difficult thing for me, I’ve always wanted to be a good carver, and I take several classes a year in carving, and all of them here. I’m a well, he’s Alex. You’re a very good instructor and you make it fun and you’re easy to talk to and easy to listen to explanation from.”

  5. Gerald: “My name is Gerald Michaud . I’m here from Cincinnati, Ohio. I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been coming to Marc Adams now for a number of years. That school is really, really wonderful in the sense that they are always accommodating in the places in perfect order every time. The courses that I’ve been taking, essentially, are all with Alexander Grabovetskiy. And I like him because, one, every time we talk, there is a new program, a new program that he brings to the class, and he’s always ready to explain. He gets better and better with each year. So I would encourage you, if you really want to carve, take this class and take it more than once. Thank you.”

  6. Bill: “Hi, my name is Bill, and I’m from Wichita, Kansas. I’ve been coming to the Marc Adams School for about 25 years. I come here because it’s the best school in the United States, and particularly because it has the best teachers in the United States. And one of the best is Alex. He has taught me a lot about carving. He’s a wonderful craftsman and a superior teacher. I’m very, very pleased with my experience. Thanks.”

  7. Steve: “Hi, my name is Steve, and I had never heard of Grinling Gibbons before signing up for this course at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. And now, having taken the course, that name is probably going to haunt me for the rest of my life. But I have nevertheless enjoyed the course a great deal. I appreciate Alexander’s competent instruction, and I really appreciate the way he’s challenged and pushed us, and it’s made us all, particularly me, a better Woodcarver. Thanks

  1. Aaron: “Hi, I’m Aaron Newton. I’m here at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I’m taking Alex’s class for the second time. I’ve been interested in the Gibbons woodcarving and I was very fortunate to take this class. I highly recommend Alex. He’s a wonderful teacher, taught us a lot, but he’s a great guy. I appreciate it.”


Title: Master the Art of Woodcarving with Alexander Grabovetskiy at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking

1. Introduction: Embrace the Journey of Woodcarving

Embark on a journey to learn the beautiful art of woodcarving with Alexander Grabovetskiy, a world-renowned woodcarver and instructor at the prestigious Marc Adams School of Woodworking. As you immerse yourself in this fascinating craft, you’ll discover an incredible world of creativity, inspiration, and camaraderie.

2. Explore Diverse Woodcarving Styles and Techniques

Under Alexander’s expert guidance, you’ll have the opportunity to study various woodcarving styles, including the intricate Grinling Gibbons style, French Acanthus leaf, and more. Experience the thrill of mastering complex carvings as you unlock the secrets of this centuries-old art form.

3. Classes for All Skill Levels: Beginners Welcome!

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced woodcarver, Alexander’s classes cater to all skill levels. In his “Fundamentals of Wood Carving” and “Wood Carving with Classical Flair” courses, you’ll find a supportive, nurturing environment where you can learn and grow at your own pace.

4. A Unique and Supportive Learning Environment

At the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your passion for woodcarving. You’ll forge lasting friendships and connections, celebrating each other’s successes and supporting one another through challenges.

5. Alexander Grabovetskiy: A Masterful Instructor and Mentor

Alexander’s exceptional teaching style combines knowledge, patience, and humor, creating an engaging and enjoyable learning experience. His passion for woodcarving is infectious, inspiring his students to push their limits and reach new heights in their craft.

6. Learn from the Best at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Located in the heart of the United States, the Marc Adams School of Woodworking has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest woodworking schools. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch instructors provide the perfect environment for you to hone your skills and become a master woodcarver.

7. Take Your Woodcarving Skills to New Heights

As you progress through Alexander’s classes, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge and techniques, enabling you to create increasingly sophisticated and intricate carvings. With hard work and dedication, you’ll soon find yourself creating stunning masterpieces that you can be proud of.

8. A Life-Changing Experience for Woodcarving Enthusiasts

Many students have found their experience at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking to be transformative, as they discover new depths to their creativity and skill. Some even return year after year to continue learning from Alexander and further develop their woodcarving abilities.

9. Join a Community of Passionate Woodcarvers

By attending Alexander’s classes, you’ll become part of a vibrant and welcoming community of woodcarvers. This network of fellow enthusiasts will provide ongoing support, encouragement, and inspiration as you continue on your woodcarving journey.

10. Don’t Miss Out on This Incredible Opportunity

If you’re passionate about woodcarving and eager to learn from one of the best, don’t hesitate to sign up for Alexander Grabovetskiy’s classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss, as you embark on a life-changing adventure into the world of woodcarving.

Conclusion: Unleash Your Woodcarving Potential with Alexander Grabovetskiy

In conclusion, learning woodcarving from Alexander Grabovetskiy at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking is a truly unique and rewarding experience. As you immerse yourself in this mesmerizing art form, you’ll not only develop impressive technical skills but also uncover your own creative potential. Guided by Alexander’s expertise and warmth, you’ll forge deep connections with fellow woodcarvers, creating a strong sense of camaraderie and belonging.

The journey of woodcarving is one filled with passion, growth, and self-discovery. As you uncover the beauty of this timeless craft under Alexander’s tutelage, you’ll find yourself transformed, with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of woodcarving. Embrace this incredible opportunity to learn, create, and thrive alongside fellow enthusiasts at the esteemed Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Don’t miss your chance to ignite your woodcarving passion and embark on an unforgettable adventure with the exceptional Alexander Grabovetskiy.


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(317) 535-4013
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Marc Adams School of Woodworking
5504 E 500 N
Franklin, IN 46131 United States
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