10th - 11th Febuary 2018

Wood Carving: New possibilities for an ancestral technique

With the guidance of Kerstin Thomas and Renato Costa e Silva, this workshop presents a creative approach to wood carving as a means for personal and artistic expression.


10th – 11th Febuary 2018;
10am -1pm ; 3pm - 6pm;
Price: 126 € - basic materials and shared accommodation included;
Meals are excluded. You can either bring your own or enjoy a light meal at cafe da Videira;

For everyone with or without experience;
7  people.


Kerstin Thomas


Has a Fine Arts degree and studied wood carving and sculpture in her home country, Germany. Once in Portugal, she studied Portuguese Language and Culture at the Language Faculty of the University of Coimbra were she also studied social sciences. With a preference for noble woods, her work is inspired by rural life and the expressiveness of the human face. Co-founder of the Cerdeira Village project, she divides her time between her art practice and her work as coordinator of the village's Artistic Residencies Program. She has been living in Cerdeira since 1988.




Renato Costa e Silva


Renato Costa e Silva, ceramicist and sculptor, with 40 years of professional activity has a vast curriculum not only in the area of ceramics but also of large public sculpture in various materials.

Born in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, where he lives and works, he has carried out an intensive study of clay and ceramic materials and has a long experience in the preparation of ceramic pastes and glazes. Over the years he has conducted hundreds of woodfirings.


What you can learn at this workshop

  • Basic wood carving techniques;
  • Finishing techniques;
  • Notions for tool maintenance and workplace safety;
  • To see and think creatively.


Carving and sculpture in wood and especially low relief, traditionally related to sacred art or furniture building, can and must also find other possibilities, new projects and contents, be they figurative or abstract, simple or in association with other materials or colors.

This course is a creative approach to woodcarving as a means of personal and artistic expression. Following an introduction to the techniques and raw materials, each participant will formulate his own project, guided and supported by the teacher in an atmosphere of friendship, cooperation and mutual aid among all participants. There will be work inspired by your stay and experience in this special place or projects that you have dreamed of carrying out for a long time - low reliefs or small sculptures that tell us stories - in wood.

Sweet chestnut wood (castanea sativa) will be our main, but not exclusive, raw material, an autochthonous wood, dense, slow growing, resistant and durable, beautiful and homogeneous.

Working with wood is a constant dialogue between the artist and the raw material that, due to its characteristics, does not allow us to "easily" impose our ideas, requires communication, commitment, sensitivity and technique.

At the end of the course you will take home an excellent piece, resulting from this dialogue, your creativity and the learning experience that this course has given you.



  • If you decide to stay in one of our houses you will enjoy a 10% discount.

  • 10% early bird discount if you sign up 3 months before.

  • Group meals can also be ordered.