Are you wondering how to get started with my lessons? Are you a little overwhelmed by the choices of lessons in our online shop? It’s actually simpler than it seems.
You will find a chart of our lessons near the bottom of this page that illustrates our offerings in an easy to understand graphic. There, you will also find a chart showing skill level for each lesson.
We have an introductory lesson called Hearts and Roses, a 101 Course for Beginners, a 201 Course-Beyond the Basics, and a 17 Lesson Collection that includes all of these. The lessons in each of these groupings are available individually. We also offer a Portrait Carving Course.
All of the above lessons are available on DVD. When you order DVDs you also get online access so that you can start learning right away before your DVDs arrive. Our Courses and our most popular individual lessons are available in on ONLINE ONLY versions.
The following questions and answers should help you find what you want based on your specific needs and desires.
Is vegetable and fruit carving brand new to you?
When you sign up for your free lesson, we will also sent you tips, ideas and mini-lessons from time to time.
You will impress your friend (and yourself!) with the beautiful carvings that you will make.
Don’t let the name fool you. Although the course is designed for beginners, many people with some carving skills have learned new things from this course.
You may join any of the lessons in the 101 Course individually, but you’ll get the the best value when you join the whole course.
Are you looking for intermediate lessons?
The next lessons that you will want after Roses, Buds and Leaves is my Melon Carving – Smooth and Jagged Petals lessons. They pick up where the Roses, Buds and Leaves lessons leave off. After that, I recommend the Scroll Pattern Lesson which is designed for those who are ready for more intermediate/advanced carving.
Carving Letters and Words #1 and #2 although not specifically Thai Style, shows techniques that are fun to use in combination with the flower patterns taught in these lessons.
Do you already know how to do the carvings taught in my 101 Course and are looking for something more?
You can find all of the lessons that are not included in the 101 Course by clicking here.
If you are a beginner and want to jump right into one of these lessons prior to doing the 101 Course, I recommend Carving Letters and Words #1 and #2, Watermelon Cakes, and/or Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang. These 3 lessons start with beginners lesson and proceed to intermediate.
For the other 2, Carving Melons – Smooth and Jagged Petals and Watermelon Carving Scroll Pattern, I recommend learning from Carving Watermelon – Roses, Buds and Leaves first.
Are you looking to make carvings for a specific event?
Do you have wedding, birthday, graduation or other event coming up for which you want to carve words or designs onto watermelons?
The techniques learned in these lesson can also be used when carving graphic designs and for carving pumpkins, too.
It the Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2 lessons, you will find beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons.
Your friends will be amazed at your portrait carvings!
Looking for something different?
Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang starts out with 2 easy bouquets and moves on to carrot flowers that require some practice. But once you get the technique down, you can carve lots of flowers quickly. These full vegetable bouquets are taught in these lessons.
You can find all the lessons in our online shop that taught by artists other than Nita by clicking here.
Nita’s 17 Lesson Collection gives you all of Nita’s lessons including Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang. You will be taking advantage of substantial savings when you get the 17 Lessons all at once.
Are You a Hobbyist or a Culinary Professional?
You will find more of the quicker, easy to make garnishes in my 101 Course. The carvings taught in my 201 Course will elevate your food service displays even more. Your buffet tables with your carvings will be far more memorable that your competitors’. The guests will have their cameras snapping away (which can serve to bring you new clients when they share their photos).
If you want to see the carvings and stories of some of my carving students, you can look in Student category of the Carvers’ Stories and Photos section. One of the things that I hear most often from student/customers is how they love hearing all the ooohs and aaahhs.
You will find stories and photos from people, like you, who have had fun learning from my lessons throughout the section of my blog named, Carvers’ Stories and Photos. You can look in both the Student category and the Pro Carver category because many of my student/customers who started as students, have since become professionals.
Are you looking for a gift for someone?
If your gift recipient is a new to fruit carving, Hearts and Roses would be good lesson that requires no special tools. If you would like to give a more substantial gift, the 101 Course would be great.
I’ve even had people purchase everything in my shop to give as a grand gift.
It you want to give lessons with corresponding tools, the Corrugated U-Cutters would go well with the Yam and Turnip Flowers lessons and the Watermelon Flower lesson. These 3 items together make a great gift.
The Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2 go well with the Corrugated U-Cutters and the Kom Kom 3 knife set. The Watermelon Cakes lessons have something for every skill level- beginner, intermediate and advanced.
When you are looking at lessons in my online shop, you can click the ‘Additional Information‘ tab on any lesson page to see what tool or tool set is used in that lesson. Or, can see which tools go with which lessons in the charts that you can find at the bottom of the page named ‘Which Tools are Best for You‘.
Want to carve pumpkins?
Ray Villafane is super talented pumpkin carver and a full time professional toy sculptor. He was also an elementary school teacher in a past career. In his video lessons, Ray clearly teaches his art so that YOU CAN make successful 3D pumpkin carvings.
You will also learn how to carve watermelon portraits in the Portrait Carving Course. You will be able to carve portraits all year ’round.
Want to learn carvings to make with your new tools?
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You can also check out the “Which Tools Are Best for You” page where you can see charts of which tools are used in which lessons.
Which Lessons are the best value? Which are the most popular?
In other words, the price per lesson is less when you join one the 101 Course as compared to joining Individual Lessons of the 101 Course. You will save per lesson when you join our 201 Course versus joining the individual lessons in the 201 Course. You will save even more per lesson when you join our 17 Lesson Collection than if you join the 101 Course now and the 201 Course separately.
You will get the best value when you join the 17 Lesson Collection.
Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners
Hearts and Roses.
Our next most popular lessons are
Carving Letters and Words #1 and #2,
followed closely by these next 4 that sell about the same as each other. They are:
Carving Melon Flower – Smooth and Jagged Petals,
Carving Watermelons – Roses, Bud and Leaves,
Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2, and
Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang.
Following very closely behind those 4 lessons is the intermediate/advanced
Scroll Pattern Lesson.
Do you live outside of the USA?
By the way, we DO ship all over the world. So, you can have DVDs and tools shipped to you.
Why Choose DVDs vs. ONLINE ONLY lessons? And visa versa.
1. ONLINE ONLY lessons are great people with reliable high speed internet access, who are happy to watch their lessons online. You can watch the online lessons on your computer, your tablet or your phone.
2. Lower cost since no DVDs are sent.
3. No shipping charges because no DVDs are shipped. This is a savings especially for international customer/students.
You will get access to your online lessons immediately after you join. You can start learning right away. There is no expiration date for the Online lessons, so you can always come back to refresh your memory.
Our most popular courses and lessons are offered in ONLINE ONLY versions.
1. With DVDs (that come with online access), you get a physical DVD of the lessons for your library.
2. DVDs are better if you prefer to watch your lessons using a DVD player rather than your computer. If you have desk top computers only, and prefer to carve in a room other than your computer room, you’ll want the DVDs.
3. The lessons on DVD are higher resolution than the online versions.
4. If you don’t have good dependable high speed access to the internet, you will need the DVDs.
5. No buffering while watching videos on DVD. (When watching online video there can be pauses for buffering).
Most of our DVDs come with instant online access so that you can start learning right away. There is no expiration date for the online lessons. (The only DVD that doesn’t come with online access is the Ray Villafane 3D pumpkin carving tutorials.)
Whether you choose ONLINE ONLY or DVDs (that come with online access), you will get the same great content. In a few lessons there is some additional content that was added to the online membership after the DVDs were produced.
Are you excited to start learning NOW?
We also offer ONLINE ONLY versions of our most popular lessons.
I hope that these questions and answers have helped you to decide where to start. If you still have questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Or, you can contact us.