Keep an eye on this page to be informed about any class opportunities  that become available.

 

It will take some time to settle into our new place and determine what options are available to me.

  

Please feel free to contact me with requests and suggestions. 

 

 

 

                               carverdianeharto@gmail.com

 

 


 


 


 
Newly Reprinted,

A FAVORITE BOOK FOR THIS GENERATION OF CARVERS !

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:

 www.foxchapelpublishing.com  

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;     carverdianeharto@gmail.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:                

http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/c/604-The-Burke-Tool-Sharpening-Systems.html   

800-397-2278

    

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:   

http://www.facebook.com/DianeHartoandJimStadtlandersWoodcarvedArtGallery

Send Us an E-mail Here!

Contact us at:  540-319-5138   or  carverdianeharto@gmail.com

 

      

See additional photos and instructional videos at:

http://facebook.com/DianeHartoandJimStadtlandersWoodcarvedArtGallery