Zoe Gertner  - Professional Woodcarver & Tutor


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Specialising in teaching woodcarving Zoe Gertner is a fully qualified teacher and Adult 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 find wood carving and sculpture lessons provide a new and absorbing leisure activity or hobby, as do woodturners and craft workers, those from medical, woodworking and educational professions and others seeking respite from the everyday stresses of life.

In particular, Zoe welcomes those who are complete beginners to carving wood, and those who have no experience of woodworking with hand tools.



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 world.

Currently, Zoe 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.

Everything a 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 carving skills.

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 carving. 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.


  •  Private woodcarving tuition can be arranged for all abilities at times to suit you and for all abilities.    
  • Should you wish to purchase a unique carving or commission a special piece please contact Zoe to discuss your requirements.
  •  Accommodation  for course students, also available for holiday breaks with or without woodcarving tuition. Well behaved pets welcome.
  • Demonstrations can be arranged to add a dynamic dimension to your Events, Exhibitions or Shows.
  •  Tuition Gift Vouchers can be purchased for a unique Christmas gift, a special occasion, an unusual present or that landmark birthday celebration.

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 Updated October 2018                  Puddleduck Farm, South Wonford, Holsworthy, Devon. EX22 7DR 

        Telephone:  01409 261648                  e-mail: mail@zoegertner.co.uk              www.zoegertner.co.uk