Byrdcliffe Panel Carving Class

Byrdcliffe Iris Panel

This is the original panel of the Byrdcliffe Iris desk

Space is still available for this class August 1 & 2, 2015-Click Here to sign up at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking website.

On the weekend of August 1 & 2 I’ll be teaching a weekend workshop at the Marc Adams School or Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana. There are still a couple of spots available as I write this post.

In class, students will carve one of the three panels shown in the photo at right. This panel is the fall front from the iconic Iris desk, made in the Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts colony in Woodstock, New York in 1904. A couple of years ago I spent a day measuring and photographing the original as well as documents in the collection of the Winterthur.

Byrdcliffe Iris panel in progressThis is a great introduction to basic relief carving, as well as applying colors to carvings. You’ll also hear the story of the original makers and designers and see slides of the original desk. The material fee for the class includes wood for the panel and frame, a set of watercolor pencils, and patterns for all three of the panels.

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon getting some practice in. If you can’t make the class stay tuned to this blog. I’ll be posting more pictures of the process over the next week or so.


If you have any questions, send me an e-mail. 

If you sign up, please get in touch with me directly so I can be sure to provide enough material.

—Bob Lang




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