Wood Carving, Clay Modeling, and Sculpting Classes

Wood carving classes offered by Fred are not typical classes where you would work with other students on the same project and learn ‘step by step’ how to carve it. Fred allows his students to choose what they want to carve and guides/helps them from the beginning until they are finished with their project. If you do not have a project you would like to work on, Fred has few designs you can choose from. There are only 4-5 people (each working on different project) in a group –  this allows Fred to spend enough time with each student. It is a great way of learning for those who want to create something they would not try on their own and we are all sometimes amazed by the results.

We have wood carving classes and clay modeling classes every Wednesday & Friday (9 am -12 pm).

You are welcome to come and see if it is something you would like – please let us know before that you will be coming.

Clay Modeling and Sculpting Classes

Clay models are very important Fred’s professional work. He creates a model for each of his clients; that way they can see how their projects will look when finished – the most important, they can request any change at this time (before it is too late).Clay Model

Fred also creates clay model for each of his carvings. This proved to be extremely beneficial for many reasons – he is able to work out the best poses, proportions and expressions. It helps him to figure out most of the problematic areas, something he might not be able to do when he carves. The model also helps with wood lamination for the carving and definitely with the actual carving.

Almost all of our students create their wood carving projects first in clay, so, there is always someone working on a clay model.

If you have a group of people interested in learning the basics of sculpting, we can schedule a 1 – 2 day seminar on a required subject (the most popular are  “Human Figure” and “Female’s Head and Hair”) either in Windsor, ON, or at your location. The group should have maximum 6 people. Please contact us for details, availability, and pricing.

Tel: 519-966-0428


1577 Blairwood Cres, Windsor, ON


Please note that access from Walker Rd. to Seymour Blvd. is closed.

If you are coming via Walker Rd., you have to use either Foster Ave or Sydney Ave to get to Seymour Blvd.

Driving directions:  MapQuest


Some of Fred’s students with sculptures they created in his wood carving classes

Carvings created in Fred's wood carving classes

wood carving

Kathy's cowboy

Woodcarving, Kathy's cowboy

Clay model for wood carving

Working with clay

Concentrated on carving

Mario working on another relief carving

Mario working on relief carving

Bobby working on a baseball player

Carving and enjoying a glass of wine, wood carving classes with Fred Zavadil

Gary working on his cowboy - you can see his clay model behind him

Gary with his version of Santa

Stan's mouse is finished

Ron having fun with his carving

Nino having fun with clay.

Clay modeling seminar at Humber College in Toronto

Upcoming wood carving workshops:

For next wood carving workshops please check back at the end of February 2018

The workshops are designed for 4 days, 9am – 5pm. 4 – 5 people in a group. If you would like to come and work another day or two before or after the workshop, please email us.

There are 5 projects to choose from – all relief carvings – (2 of them are Santas). You can also bring your own project and work on it here under Fred’s supervision. If you do not want to carve, you can come to learn some basic sculpting / clay modeling skills (human figure, human head, using oil based clay). Fred accepts only 4-5 students at time which allows him to work on different projects with each of them. Please let us know before the workshop what you would like to do. If you decide for one of Fred’s projects, let us know which one you would like to carve.

You should be able to complete majority of the carving in 4 days, slower or less experienced carvers will need more time. We will also talk about sharpening, finishing, and staining – all you need to do is ask, Fred will gladly share his experience.

You will need to bring your wood carving tools.

Please note that these workshops are not suitable for those who never carved and for very new beginners.

Fred’s studio in Windsor, ON is air-conditioned, well lighted and very clean. Fridge, microwave, coffee, water, and cookies are available …. please bring your lunch. The studio is in our house in Windsor, ON – we are located only 30 miles from Detroit’s airport and 2 miles from Windsor’s airport. Driving direction on Mapquest .

Please contact Fred Zavadil for pricing info, address, phone number or with any other question you might have.

Please see relief carvings below to choose from + Santa carving – there will be 2 Santa designs to choose from, click watch video to see Fred carving one of the Santas.


If you would like to get updates on future workshops, please send email to fred.zavadil@gmail.com and specify that you would like us to send you info about upcoming workshops in the Subject Line.

Watch video: Carving Santa Claus, part 2

Watch video: Carving Santa Claus, part 1

Santa Clau, Wood carving, relief, Fred ZavadilSanta Claus 2, relief wood carving, basswood

Other wood carving projects to choose from:

Woodcarving by Fred Zavadil

wood carving, girl with a butterfly, basswood, by Fred ZavadilGirl with a butterfly

Boy with a frog, woodcarving by Fred ZavadilBoy with a frog

Wood carving by Fred Zavadil, basswood

Woodcarving by Fred ZavadilProfile of a woman

Relief wood carving, Fred Zavadil

relief wood carving, fred zavadil basswood, girl with a butterfly

Relief woodcarving by Fred Zavadil, Girl with a butterfly.

Please check Fred Zavadil Wood Carving and Sculpting Channel on YouTube to see Fred carving

Wood carving, corpus, Fred Zavadil

Wood carving classes with Fred Zavadil

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