Stu Martin Nationally known Realistic Western and Santa Carver


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Stu Martin

Stu's interest in art started when he was a teenager.  Over the years this interest was expressed as drawing and painting landscapes.  Discovering wood carving and clay sculpture in 1976 was a major turning point in his life.  He has pursued a number of careers including Fireman, Flight Instructor, and Corporate pilot.  While working as chief pilot for the Law Company in Wichita KS, he took up carving as an outlet for his artistic expression.  He carved as a hobby for eight years until leaving his flying job in 1985.  With the support of his wife Dona, he has never looked back.  Knowing that good education is everything he has studied with the top sculptors in the country including Lincoln Fox, Fritz White and George Lundean.

IN 1990 Stu was picked up by a leading Art Agency in Denver.  His work was purchased by all of the National Parks in the Western US plus numerous art galleries and stores throughout the country.  In addition to selling his finished work he has been teaching seminars both in wood and clay since 1985.  These include the top carving rallies including War Eagle AR, Rally on the Rio, Pharr TX, Silver Dollar City, Branson MO, Texas Woodcarvers, Guild Kerrville TX, Michigan Wood Carvers Association, Midland MI and Rendezvous', Branson MO plus many individual clubs.  During this time he has taught over 600 seminars.  Stu strives to make his work as artistically pleasing as possible he designs all of his work in plastilina clay.  In his teaching he stresses proper anatomy and creating a pleasing piece of work.  Stu's collection includes numerous Native American, Mountain men, Sea Captains and Civil War busts.  He also has a large selection of full figure Santa's to choose from. 

Our online lessons will focus on all aspects of this wonderful hobby of realistic carving.  So sharpen your tools, get comfortable and join me in my studio...Keep on Carvin

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Photos of Stu's classes

Stu teaching a class


A class Photo of one

of his classes

Stu teaching at

War Eagle Arkansas

Stu teaching another student

Learn what tools he uses and how this well renown realistic carver creates these works of art.

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