Please welcome Walter Wharton from North Texas Carver’s Guild to our next club meeting March 16th. Walter will be presenting how to make relief carvings in furniture and will bring samples of his work and explain the process and tools that he is using.
Walter Wharton, Artist in Wood. Walter has been seriously carving since 1982 but began carving in his teens. He had migrated to oil painting but 27 years ago he returned to his first love woodcarving. He is self-taught and all of his work was in copying from photos and pictures turning those pictures into a three dimensional presentations. As he wanted increase his skills he began to take a few classes. Through all this he was searching for what he really wanted to carve. He tried carving birds, human figures, caricatures, and the like. It was with his taking classes with Desiree Hanjy that he came to love the art of carving realistic wildlife and animals and as they say the rest is history.
Walter has garnered recognition for his realistic wildlife presentations, having won many first place ribbons at shows and exhibits, including the Texas State Championship Show and the International Congress of Woodcarving. Walter strives to present each subject he carves in as natural a setting and pose as possible. He has long since graduated from the mere copying of picture to designing his own work. Because of this originality his classes are full and the students come back repeatedly for his class. When you talk with Walter you immediately pick up on his great love of carving and he loves to share his knowledge with anyone who wants help.
To learn more about wood carving and Walter you can visit his blog at https://waltswoods.wordpress.com/ and view his gallery of work.