I’ve had the good fortune of hanging out with Mary May at a couple Fine Woodworking events. Not only is she an incredibly talented and accomplished carver, she’s a wonderful person too. This Thursday, July 23rd, at 1:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time), I’m going to get the chance to spend some time with Mary online, as she has kindly asked me to be a guest on her Twitch live stream broadcast.
Mary started the live stream back in the spring with the beginning of the quarantine restrictions and has also had special guests on, including Peter Follansbee and Roy Underhill, who was last week’s guest. That’s right, I’m following Roy Underhill. And as if that weren’t hopeless enough, I have to manage an ipad. This should be good.
Basically, the idea is that anyone can go the website and watch live as I talk and demonstrate for an hour or an hour and a half or so. You can type in questions and comments, and Mary will supervise the screens and relay the questions and such to me. You can get the idea by watching Peter’s appearance (< that’s a link) which I think mine will resemble, but for the beard.
Many of Mary’s regular viewers may be unfamiliar with the idea of greenwood carving, so the plan is for me to introduce the idea of carving a bowl from green wood — a log. Obviously, given the time limit, I’ll work small and/or jump around to some pieces at various stages, demonstrating some tools and techniques. I’ll sort it out over the next few days and fit in what I can. It’s free, so you’ll get your money’s worth.
If you can’t make it Thursday afternoon, the whole thing will be available on Mary’s Twitch channel for viewing later. Whether you’re joining in live or you want to check out old broadcasts of Mary and/or her guests, here is the link to use.
Mary was way ahead of the curve with online carving instruction. For years, she has had an online carving school called Mary May’s School of Traditional Woodcarving. There’s access to tons of instructional videos, a store for carving materials, and lots more. Oh, and she also wrote a great book called Carving the Acanthus Leaf!
See you Thursday.