Traditional Wood Carving Classes

I teach traditional wood carving classes at the Dallas Makerspace.

The Dallas Makerspace  is located at 1825 Monetary Lane #104, Carrollton, TX 75006. For more details regarding the Dallas Makerspace, please visit Classes are posted on the Dallas Makerspace calendar. Look for "Traditional Woodcarving".

The class focuses on learning wood carving primarily using traditional mallet and gouge techniques. Instruction will be available for all stages of the process including developing a design, tool safety, sharpening, carving technique and finishing. Each student will work on a project of their own choosing at their own pace.

The class is geared towards students with some wood carving experience. Beginner students may email the me to discuss options for learning basic essentials.

The fee for each class is $25 and can be paid at the class.

For more information, please feel free to contact me.

Examples of student work can be seen on the blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dallas Makerspace membership required to attend the class?

Dallas Makerspace membership is not required to attend class. Membership has advantages including 24/7 access to the Makerspace. If you are not a member, you will need to complete a Dallas Makerspace waiver before going to the classroom. Also, since the Makerspace doors require a key card to open, non-members will need someone to open the door for them. If you are a non-member, you can let me know before class and I can provide contact information you can use when you arrive at the Makerspace.

What are the payment options?

The fee can be paid via cash or check,. Feel free to ask about other methods such as PayPal, Zelle, or Venmo that may also be an options.

What do students need to bring?

If they have their own hand carving tools (such as gouges and mallet), they are encouraged to bring those. If a student is working on a project, they should bring that as well. If a student is just starting, or does not have tools, let the instructor know and tools can be made available.

What if one does not yet have a project?

Let the instructor know and some wood will be available, and a sample project provided.

What students are saying

"I really recommend spending time with Hans Schwalm if you are looking for an opportunity to learn real artistry in woodcarving. His ability to teach is amazing. His skill set allows you to become the kind of artist you want to be. I really appreciate his approach to fostering one’s own identity into his art."  (Travis Bryant -

"Hans Schwalm was the child prodigy and student of a German Master Woodcarver, Ludwig Kieninger. This woodcarving class is the best. If you are serious about woodcarving, you can't find a better instructor than this one.  Traditional wood carving takes time to learn, but for those who desire to learn how to use these hand tools in the traditional manner, this is the place to be." (Ricky Smith)

"I've had lessons from some of the best carvers/sculptors in the country and Hans is as good as anyone." (Fran Moore-