|Zoe Gertner specialises
teaching woodcarving and sculpture and
is a fully qualified teacher and
Education tutor who studied anatomy and physiology as part of her
Honours degree. Held in Devon, South West
England, Zoe's wood carving courses,
tuition and classes are for people of any age from 8
years upwards and from all walks of
life. Many retired people have found
wood carving and sculpture lessons provide a new and absorbing leisure activity
hobby, as do woodturners and craft workers,
those from medical, woodworking and educational professions
and others seeking respite from the everyday stresses of
Zoe is experienced in
teaching and practising all aspects of wood
carving and wood sculpture including relief
carving, lettering, signboards, ecclesiastical,
restoration, fairground and carousel work, and
has been a professional woodcarver and sculptor
since 1980. For several years Zoe taught the
inmates of a local HM establishment and Adult
Education courses in wood carving for Strode
College, Somerset, Bude in Cornwall and Holsworthy in Devon.
Formerly living in Somerset, she has carved a
series of bench ends depicting the local
industries of that area for St Mary's Church, Wedmore. Her woodcarvings can also be
found in other Mendip churches and in private collections all over the
writes for the 'Woodcarving' magazine and
has some of her earlier articles included in its two
compendium books, 'The
Woodcarvers' and 'Wood Carving for
Beginners', published by GMC Publications.
She has also contributed to 'Traditional
Woodworking', 'Practical Woodworking' and 'The Woodworker'
magazines in previous years.
beginner needs to know is covered in her book 'Woodcarving
- A Foundation Course', which includes a
progressive series of
woodcarving projects designed to help you develop basic
In response to her
students, Zoe writes wood carving CD rom's showing the basic techniques of
woodcarving, ideal for the beginner woodcarver
and those wishing for guidance with their wood
A range of topics is covered including a
comprehensive guide to sharpening woodcarving
tools, incised lettering techniques and
various carving projects you can print out to follow.
Throughout the year Zoe will be adding new
titles to the collection.