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  • Specialist woodcarving teacher Zoe Gertner - wood carving courses and classes in Devon UK
    Updated April 2016 Puddleduck Farm South Wonford Holsworthy Devon EX22 7DR Telephone 01409 261648 e mail mail zoegertner co uk www zoegertner co uk

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  • Woodcarving Courses
    also benefit from seeing other aspects of woodcarving being carried out at the same time Zoe s teaching style emphasises direct carving using hand tools in the traditional manner experience showing that learning a good basic grounding in correct hand techniques is essential to be able to carve wood successfully and safely and because most students have neither the space nor desire for expensive power equipment and machinery Rose polishing her carving of the family cat Rose with her flower relief and her polished cat Chris carving Mrs Daley in Yew wood This is a project from Zoe s book Woodcarving A Foundation Course GMC Publications 1997 Zoe formerly lived in Somerset where in 1980 she started teaching woodcarving to students of all ages and experience A session may have a mixture of newcomers and those who have attended previously complete beginners being especially welcomed as are the retired and those who feel they have no artistic ability Although for many the relaxed atmosphere of a woodcarving class provides both Leisure and Pleasure several students have won awards in national and regional competitions and others have acquired a most pleasurable hobby in their retirement Children are also welcome but must be over 8 years old and accompanied by an adult family member or grandparent participating at the same time Nina used a piece of Cherry wood and carved a leaf in relief which she is waxing then polishing Henry aged 11 years with his mallet and trophy and his Mother who carved a sign for the garden gate Trevor with his carved head and his running hare Lunches and refreshments are included each day thus leaving you free to concentrate entirely on your carving for the day You will be guided through your particular carving project given advice about selecting suitable wood carving tools for your style of carving some of which may be available for you to purchase how to sharpen and maintain them and be shown the appropriate finishing methods for your individual project Paul s first carving was a fine detailed fish carved using Acacia wood and polished with wax to finish it Afterwards on his own at home he carved the sitting hare shown on the right See more Woodcarvings made by Students and Children For complete beginners or those who have not handled wood working tools before a course of longer duration is recommended for example five or six days which should give ample time to master tool handling and basic woodcarving techniques without feeling pressurised a relaxed and pleasant way of learning Former students are most welcome during the days that suit them space permitting or at any other mutually convenient times We can usually arrange accommodation for students in the Farmhouse or close by Non participating partners and well behaved pets are also welcome to stay with us Suggested Woodcarving Tuition Dates How to Book your Wood Carving Tuition 1 Choose from the dates suggested or if none is suitable suggest an alternative

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  • Location
    in the heart of West Devon The beautiful North Devon coastline with its rugged cliffs and sandy beaches the ancient port of Bideford the market town of Holsworthy Bude Appledore Clovelly and Hartland are all within easy reach Other attractions are the R H S Gardens at Rosemoor Tapeley House Castle Drogo the Tamar Lakes and Otter Sanctuary as well as the wild beauty of Exmoor Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor Boscastle Tintagel Padstow with Rick Stein s restaurant and the Eden project are within comfortable driving distance Recently opened in Plymouth is a large shopping centre more locally there is Atlantic Village at Bideford for those who enjoy shopping There is lovely coastal walking and rambling most of the local Cornish beaches being dog friendly or with areas allowed for dogs Both Bude and Widemouth beaches are sandy and reknowned for excellent surfing Safe cycling along the Tarka trail is within easy reach and there are local wooded areas open to the public for bird watching and dog walking Archery and horse riding are available nearby as are coarse trout and fly fishing facilities and with water sports on the Tamar and Roadford Lakes everything for an enjoyable holiday whether

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  • Accommodation
    cycle trail is easily accessible for safe off road family cycling Instruction in watersports can be obtained on both Tamar and Roadford Lakes The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast For our woodcarving students we suggest staying with our neighbour Mrs Woods Forda Farm Woodacott tel 01409 261369 e mail val fordafarm com and website www fordafarm com which is about a mile away For evening meals there are several eating places to be found in Holsworthy and Bude ranging from top quality restaurants and pubs to takeaways and cafes More local accommodation and nearby camp sites are shown on our Latest News page Our Accommodation in the Farmhouse available at certain times of the year has off road parking for your vehicle use of the garden and well behaved pets welcome There is lovely coastal walking and rambling Dartmoor Exmoor and Bodmin Moors being within easy reach most of the local Cornish beaches are dog friendly or have areas designated for dogs A Carving Holiday in Sunny Devon Would you like a holiday in unspoilt Devon We can usually offer accommodation for one or two persons in our Farmhouse and you can arrange your wood carving tuition to take place for

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  • Shop
    found in the compendium books Woodcarving for Beginners ISBN 1 86108 019 0 and The Woodcarvers ISBN 1 86108 038 7 published by GMC Publications Available by internet search Traditional Woodworking magazine Dec 04 Jan Feb 05 Sharpening Maintaining Tools March April 05 Equipping Yourself for Woodcarving Projects Projects for Woodcarvers Zoe s Woodcarving CD roms Written by Zoe for her students these wood carving projects are suitable for a wide range of abilities from complete beginner to those with some experience using hand tools for wood carving The clear instructions diagrams and pictures showing direct carving techniques for each topic can be self printed enabling you to be guided through your carving at your own pace whilst developing your confidence and creativity With an array of carving techniques at your fingertips where will your imagination lead you Available on CD rom only pdf format only Adobe Reader required Priced at 12 each including postage to purchase please contact Zoe Currently Available Carve a Green Man Face and Foliage How to Carve Incised Lettering and Lay Out an Inscription How to Sharpen and Restore Carving Tools Carve your Family Pet Carve a Maple Leaf in Relief More titles on the way Carve a Green Man Face and Foliage Have you ever wanted to carve a face but not known where to start Or perhaps some oak leaves Maybe put the two together and carve a Green Man And does that sample Green Man pattern you saw in a book seem incredibly complicated Here s how to create your very own Green Man This CD is an ideal accompaniment to the Maple Leaf in Relief CD rom How to Carve Incised Lettering and Lay Out an Inscription Do you need a new sign for your house Maybe you d like to try some calligraphy using the medium of wood or you ve turned a bowl or platter for a special occasion and want to commemorate it Zoe shows you how it s done on this CD rom How to Sharpen and Restore Carving Tools What is nicer than the smooth polished facets made by a razor sharp carving tool slicing through wood As every woodcarver knows sharp tools are essential and being able to sharpen and maintain them yourself is key to fully enjoying your carving With clear instructions diagrams and pictures Zoe shows you exactly how to achieve that perfect cutting edge and how to maintain and restore your precious carving tools Carve your Family Pet Many British families have a much loved pet maybe a cat or dog an ideal subject if you are want to try carving in the round or if you need more guidance to build up your woodcarving confidence Follow Zoe s detailed instructions diagrams and pictures and you will be able to produce a lovely carving of your own beloved family pet dog or cat Carve a Maple Leaf in Relief Would you like to carve a panel of leaves in relief or have

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  • Special Woodcarvings, Commissions and Restorations
    carving completed the unwanted area between the front feet and tail was removed so that the rat would fit over a 7in wide beam Using a fine file the rat was given a textured surface and the recipient s name and birthday date carved on the plinth Let s hope his dear wife was not too startled when she woke up on her birthday A House Sign Farthings An Oak turning blank was used and the enlarged picture of the coin was drawn on its face omitting the date and adding the letter S The border was cut round first followed by the outline of the wren The background was removed from around the letters and the bird then the wren was modelled and its features carved Indents were punched around the edge of the coin to represent its raised pattern Several coats of Danish Oil were applied to the finished carving The Finished House Sign Farthings This carving was featured in Woodcarving Magazine issue 144 May June 2015 A Fairground Figure Carving Restoration Originally from a fairground organ the carving was bought when Wookey Hole Fairground Museum closed Having been neglected Hansel and Gretel were in a poor condition Paint had peeled away parts of the carving were rotten or missing and several sections had fallen out Zoe was asked to restore the 20inch high wood carving to its original state Hansel and Gretel were in a poor state Zoe extracted the old loose filler which had been applied previously removed and replace the rotten areas then re carved the missing arm and hands fitting them in place ready for painting All loose flaking paint was removed The carving was lightly abraded before re painting started Each paint colour was carefully matched to its original and several coats applied

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  • Country County and Craft Shows - Demonstrations of Traditional Wood carving Skills
    eyecatching exhibition of woodcarvings some unique pieces for sale and where space permits several large garden sculptures for sale Details of Zoe s private woodcarving tuition and useful literature are to hand for prospective students and a colourful and attractive backdrop illustrates our work and that of students Please contact us for further information Watermouth Castle Sept 2006 Demonstration and display for South West Forest in conjunction with the North Devon AONB Demonstration at Badminton Horse Trials where we have been invited to attend by the Heart of England Craft Guild for the past 15 years Some of the carvings on display are available for sale For more details visit our shop page Larger garden sculptures are part of our display For many years we have demonstrated woodcarving at the prestigious Royal Cornwall Show in June 2006 we were awarded 2nd place in the Countryside Area competition for Best Stand At the 2009 Royal Cornwall Show our Woodcarving Demonstration Stand was awarded 1st prize in the Countryside Area in 2015 we gained 3rd place At Yandles of Martock s 2012 Autumn Show we demonstrated wood carving and displayed some of our carvings It was nice to join in with the

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  • Try this: woodcarving projects and patterns
    and a scraper for finishing A Surform or other rasp or plane will be useful The carving will need to be held securely in a wood vice whilst you are carving To make a larger version than the example use wider gouges with the same sweep numbers 1 Use an axe to split a log lengthwise and flatten the base of the tortoise This can be done using a plane Surform Shinto rasp or microplane tool or wide no 3 gouge and mallet My tortoise is about 2in long from a branch of Laburnum chosen so that the contrasting colours of the heart and sapwood will contrast between the shell and the body of the tortoise when finished You could use Yew wood to similar effect or any log from the firewood pile if is sound and straight grained 2 Using your deepest gouge with a mallet round off both ends of the log cutting away from it and lifting your gouge hand as you cut When rounded over smooth off the convex surfaces with your widest no 3 gouge alternatively you could use the Surform microplane or Shinto rasp for this 3 In the middle of the underneath scoop out a gentle hollow so that the belly is raised up from the outer edge Then avoiding the corners remove the surface between the front and back legs so that it stands on 4 small areas the feet one at each corner 4 Reduce the shell surface behind the head tail and legs so they project from the shell Shape the head and tail with the no 3 gouges Your tortoise should now be standing on all 4 feet and have a pointed tail and blunt head 5 Draw and cut with a V tool the edge of the shell round the tortoise and above the head and the tail Work from the middle of each side towards the top of the head tail so you are working with the grain Reduce the surface of the head tail and legs adjacent to the V line so the shell rests upon these You can see the colour contrast between the lighter shell and darker body ie the heart and the sapwood of the branch 6 Cut indents along the edge of the shell to make it scalloped and mark the features on the head with the V tool The claws on the feet are also marked using the V tool 7 Using a scraper clean up the surface of the shell so it is really smooth taking care to scrape with the grain as you do this Finish the carving with a coat of wax polish and buff to a nice sheen with a duster Copyright Zoe Gertner Zoe s tortoise project was featured in more depth in the Woodcarving magazine issue 143 January 2015 Sharpening a V Tool Excerpt from Zoe s CD How to Sharpen and Restore Carving Tools V tools are very useful carving tools and are used

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