Zoe Gertner  - Professional Woodcarver & Tutor


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Specialising in teaching woodcarving and sculpture, Zoe Gertner is a fully qualified teacher and Adult Education tutor who studied anatomy and physiology as part of her Honours degree. Zoe's wood carving courses, tuition and classes she holds in Devon, South West England are for people of any age from 8 years upwards attending from all walks of life, including the inmates of an HM Establishment. Many retired people have found wood carving and sculpture lessons give them a new and absorbing leisure activity and hobby, as do woodturners and craft workers, those from medical, woodworking and educational professions and others seeking respite from the stresses of life.



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. Formerly living in Somerset, she carved a series of bench ends depicting the local industries of that area for St Mary's Church, Wedmore and for several years taught Adult Education courses in wood carving for Strode College, Somerset; Bude in Cornwall and Holsworthy in Devon. 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.

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 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 and follow. Throughout the year Zoe will be adding new titles to the collection.


  •  Private woodcarving tuition can be arranged for all abilities, of various duration and at times to suit you.    
  • 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 July 2016                  Puddleduck Farm, South Wonford, Holsworthy, Devon. EX22 7DR 

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