Power Carve This 

Adorable Mouse 

in the Round


March 25-26, 2017


Using our power tools you can learn new skills without  investing in expensive equipment. 

Carved in basswood and finished natural.

Try it, you'll like it! 

Two days of fun and learning


fee:      $ 100.00


Relief Carve this

Humming Bird

With Hand Tools 


May 20-21, 2017


This lovely Hummingbird is carved in relief, using only hand tools on basswood and tinted with watercolors  for a subtle look that all will admire!


Bring your own tools or use ours !



fee:   $ 100.00



Chip Carving for

Beginners or

Intermediate Carvers


July 22-23, 2017


Chip Carving is a great way to improve all of your carving skills. 

You will be able to choose from several patterns to adorn this napkin holder made of basswood.

If you want you can also add color to your finished piece.


fee:    $ 100.00 




Check back here for the announcements

about the weekend classes coming  for 

2018 !


 Each class is limited to 7 people

Send me an email and I'll send you an application!


If you didn't get a schedule, but want one, please let us know!  

               330-274-2671 or jjsdh@roadrunner.com



Weekly Open Classes, On-going  throughout  the year,  Sign-up is monthly



Monday:   1:00 to 4:00 pm            and         6:00 to 9:00 pm             Pick one of these days and

Wednesday:    Evening only                         6:00 to 9:00 pm             get 9 hours of class for a

Thursday :       Daytime only                        12:00 to 3:00 pm           fee of  $50.00 per month 


Most of the time the classes are full, so I keep a waiting list and call new students in from that  list when a space opens up.   Call now and get your name on that list!   


                                                Private Classes Are Possible!

  For those who need help with a special project, or can't work with the above schedule,  private classes can be arranged on an individual basis.  This includes small private groups.

                                     Fees will be determined at that time. 



To sign-up or get more info, use the e-mail form, below 

or call;   330-274-2671


Newly Reprinted,


Announcing the 4th printing of the
woodcarving pattern book;

  CARVING WOODEN CRITTERS  by Diane (Ernst) Harto    
       This delightful collection of animal patterns has now become  available again after being out of print for several years.  Brought  back by popular demand, this is a low priced  book with carving  patterns suitable for the novice and experienced carver alike.        Written by Diane Harto, (previously Diane Ernst) and originally  published in 1993, this book is still a favorite among the carvers and  instructors.  
 With step by step photos of how to carve a bunny. Shown as power carving,  but can be used to guide a whittler through the shaping and finishing as well.
   A must have for all carving libraries.  Available for $7.99, (US) by visiting:


Carver's Questions and Answers

If you have any question about carving; "how to" or "with which tool", or you would like to get a product recommendation, here's the place to ask!    If you send me an e-mail I will post it here with an answer to your question.

I'll start today by telling you some of the tools I use. 

     In addition to gouges and knives, I am a big fan the Foredom flexible shaft grinder.  With a vast variety of burrs and bits you can really make a lot of saw dust in a little time.    

     When I'm done roughing out my band-sawed blank, I turn to my Ram high-speed grinder for the detail work.     

     If I need to do more fine texturing I may use my "Feather Etcher" wood burner.

     The finish I like best for a natural look,  is Homer Formby's Tung Oil.

     When I paint, I might use Jo Sonja acrylics or Windsor Newton artist's oils


   If you have questions or comments about any of these,  or a question about a technique you're having trouble with feel free to e-mail me at this address;     jjsdh@roadrunner.com  or you can use the handy form below,  and I will post your question and my answer as you see below.



     What sharpening system do you recommend?  

    We use the Nancy Burke Tool Sharpening System.  Available as follows:                




or Direct from Nancy Burke;       402-623-4292


 Thanks for asking!


For photos of our class projects and the occasional video with thoughts and tips, click on this link to my facebook page.   Be prepared to spend some time....There's all sorts of stuff there!


Just posted; pictures of our recent shows and class activities:   


Send Us an E-mail Here!

Contact us at:  330-274-2671   or  jjsdh@roadrunner.com

       or 2881 Frost Rd., Mantua, OH. 44255 

See additional photos and instructional videos at: