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Advanced Wood features 17th-century woodworking techniques to build sculpture of green wood. Green wood is lumber taken directly from a freshly cut log and is softer and much more pliable than commercially available dried wood. The goal of the course is to expand the possibilities of sculpture making by the direct manipulation of raw material. This study focuses on the primal reality of this raw material and the use of hand tools as a fundamental expressive force for realizing sculptural idea. Basic skills and an understanding of traditional woodworking concepts are developed by first learning to split, shape, and join green wood. This process allows students to work much more quickly and spontaneously than possible with dried lumber. Students make some tools and equipment necessary for the process of green woodworking.