You will find that power carving is a release and window to art and nature. Rescuing a piece of wood, bound for the dump or fireplace, and creating a lasting memory or gift, is very rewarding. The effects of your work will be visible for all to see. It has a social currency.

Meet Maverick Jaillet, Power Carving Instructor

maverick-jailletMaverick has worked in almost every trade that works with wood – from form work to finish. He teaches power wood carving classes as the Resident Instructor for King Arthur’s Tools in Tallahassee, Florida, and also teaches privately from his workshop at his home just outside Tallahassee. He has taught and demonstrated all over the U.S., including for the San Diego Woodturners, McDaniel College’s Common Ground On the Hill, and the South Cottage French Country Flea Market.

Maverick thrives on adventure and has a real passion for woodworking. He moved from Florida to Alaska in 1978 and lived there for 30 years. While in Alaska, he became a purchasing agent for the largest lumber company in Alaska and developed a love for woodworking.

Maverick returned to Tallahassee in 2009. Shortly after, Arthur Aveling, CEO of King Arthur’s Tools, envisioned turning an empty loft into a functioning woodworking studio and put Maverick to work on the project – Camelot’s Woodworking Studio.

In his free time, he enjoys creating unique projects – both practical and whimsical. He’s made a name for himself around town–friends and strangers frequently donate scrap materials for Maverick’s projects!

From Maverick: I rarely purchase wood to use for carving. Finding the wood to carve is part of the fun of power carving. It’s like a little hunting trip… I have found wood in the yard, in piles destined for the burn pile or dump. Getting to know the owners and operators of sawmills is a great way to get the best wood, and can be fun and interesting. I often get great information and a history lesson as well! I keep an eye out for interesting logs or burls no matter where I go. People often bring me logs or limbs from trees that their father or grandfather planted that had to be removed or succumbed to nature. Creating a piece from the wood of such a tree preserves the memories of the tree – and creates an heirloom and functional art object to be cherished for many years.


Some of Maverick’s carved pieces using found wood:

Oak bowl from an oak that was struck by lightning at a local golf course. The weight of the bowl is 15.6 lbs!

Oak bowl from a tree that was struck by lightning at a local golf course. The weight of the bowl is 15.6 lbs!

Oak burl, rescued from the trash. 12" deep and 18" in diameter.

Oak burl, rescued from the trash. 12″ deep and 18″ in diameter.

Poplar bowl from a tree that fell in a friend's yard.

Poplar bowl from a tree that fell in a friend’s yard.

Walnut bowl from a tree that my neighbor's grandfather planted.

Walnut bowl from a tree that a neighbor’s grandfather planted.

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