About the Artist

My name is Hans Schwalm. For over 20 years I studied the fine art of wood carving from the Bavarian master wood and stone sculptor Ludwig Kieninger. Continuing the tradition, I create art and teach in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area).

About the Art

Wood is an inherently beautiful material. It provides a wonderful medium for creating art.

I enjoy creating art from wood using the traditional mallet and gauge techniques used by master artisans for centuries.

I create commissioned wood sculptures for individuals, churches, and institutions.  Samples of my work are on my gallery page and throughout the blog.

Learn Wood Carving

In addition to creating art works, I teach art and woodcarving. Students range from beginners to professional wood carvers and everywhere in between. Each student works at their own pace. Samples of student's work can be seen on the blog.

In the classes we work on all aspects of the creative process and practical techniques. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Developing ideas
  • Creating and drawing a design
  • Laying out a design
  • Safe techniques for using the tools
  • Properties of wood and wood grain and how to work with them
  • Progressing through the stages of carving from rough-out to detail
  • Wood finishing techniques
  • Enjoying camaraderie
  • Having fun

Classes are at the Dallas Makerspace located at 1825 Monetary Lane #104, Carrollton, TX 75006. For more details regarding the Dallas Makerspace, please visit dallasmakerspace.org. Classes are posted on the Dallas Makerspace calendar. Look for "Traditional Woodcarving". Please contact me if you have questions regarding classes.

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 - TBryantStudio.com)

"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 MooreFranMooreWoodcarving.com)

Gallery ThumbnailsPlease browse the gallery of my work and visit the web log (blog). Thank you!