Master Craftsman to lead a Woodcarving Workshop for Visiting Artisan Series

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College will host its Historic Preservation Visiting Artisan series featuring International Master Craftsman John McRitchie, the week of April 15 – 19, 2014.

McRitchie will work with STC Historic Preservation students teaching fundamental woodcarving techniques including classical building geometry, as well as theory and practice behind hand woodcarving throughout the week.

He will lead a public workshop, Introduction to Wood Carving, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19 at the Historic Preservation lab on STC’s Savannah Campus (5717 White Bluff Road). The $125 workshop will cover a range of woodcarving styles and has a limited enrollment.

McRitchie is the Director of McRitchie Construction Limited in Crossford, Scotland and has been running McRitchie Traditional Carpentry Artisans for the past four years.  A young veteran of the woodworking world, the 29-year-old master craftsman has been honing his skills in carpentry and joining since the age of ten.

A carpenter and joiner by trade specializing in historic building conservation, he also drives the business to pursue sustainable new build construction projects or bespoke pieces of woodworking, artwork or sculpture that explore the capabilities and talents of the master craftsman.

STC’s Visiting Artisan series is the first effort of its kind at any of Georgia’s technical colleges, bringing world-class craftsmen to campus for a week throughout the year.

“It is important that people know that the traditional trades are alive and well, and those which practice the crafts are eager to pass on their trade to the next generation,” said Steve Hartley, STC’s Historic Preservation Department Head.

Savannah Technical College has the only public hands-on preservation program in the state. The program has gained international recognition and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities. The program is the cornerstone of new instructional programs in Green Building Technology, which focuses on a comprehensive view of systems and efficiencies in construction.

To register for the workshop, go to The cost includes lunch, tools and supplies for use at the workshop. With a minimum of five people and a maximum of 10, the class is expected to fill up quickly. The deadline to register, if space is available, is April 15. For information about Visiting Artisan Series and Historic Preservation at Savannah Technical College, contact Steve Hartley at or 912.443.5864.

Savannah Technical College, the 2013 TCSG State Board College of the Year, serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


#1436 | March 21, 2014
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