Wood Carver Bio - Donna Menke

Donna has had a long and varied love of woodworking, but carving has held center stage since 1995 when she attended her first meeting of the Central Texas Woodcarvers’ Association.

She started teaching soon after designing her first piece of ‘wearable art’, a hummingbird pin, in 1997. That led to writing many how-to articles for Carving Magazine in how to make butterflies, Celtic Knots, Peeking Mice, and many other carving projects. She has also been published in other woodworking magazines with how-to articles.

After raising her family, she graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History, with honors, PBK. With her background in painting, pottery, stained glass, metals, and illustration, Donna considers wood carving to be a great medium of expression. Wood can be shaped in so many different ways that there seems to be no end to the learning process. This is a good thing!
Donna travels around the country to share her love of woodworking with both carving seminars and hands-on classes.

See more of Donna’s work on her web site: www.woodworks-by-donna.com

Donna's current and future Videos

Woodcarving a WrenBirdsDonna MenkeLink
Carving Realistic HummingbirdBirdsDonna MenkeLink
Woodcarving a Peeking MouseAnimalsDonna MenkeLink

Sample Videos

Peeking Mouse Sample
Making the Hummingbird
Making a Wren out of Wood