An Arket Wood Workshop will showcase the well-known ancient art form to participants next week.
Woodcarving – which is the art of cutting wood, carving and then hollowing it out – is one of the oldest works of art known to mankind. Artists use a coping saw, or scroll saw to cut shapes and patterns on wood. With proper training and practice, they use the technique to create Arabic calligraphy, botanical motifs or geometric motifs.
The event will help participants identify various types of wood and learn their unique characteristics, the intricacies of woodcutting as well as the materials, tools and machines used to decorate wood.
They will also learn to paint and finish their artwork as well as identify practical applications of the technique.
Upon completion, participants will master the use of the manual coping saw and electric scroll saw.
Organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the workshop will be held at the Al Jasra Crafts Training Centre on June 20 and 21 from 4pm to 7pm. The fee is BD28.
For more information and to register, visit culture.gov.bh.