Bruce and Robert both share a passion for teaching woodworking to people of all skill levels. From the absolute beginner to the advanced amateur and beyond, they offer one-on-one instruction in a relaxed atmosphere, or they can travel to you.

Bruce "Doc" Smith specializes in Wood Carving and Wood Burning (Pyrography) instruction. Bruce has been carving caricatures and relief carving for almost 20 years, and has been involved in carving clubs, seminars, and carving instruction for many years. He is the co-founder of the River Valley WoodCarvers Association in Northern Kentucky.

Bruce is particularly good with newcomers to the world of carving both because of his passion for carving and because he has never forgotten the simple joy of carving his first few pieces. Bruce excels at building confidence in first time carvers through a "can-do" attitude, and his caring, patient instruction.

Because he is versed in numerous styles of carving the student is not locked in to one particular methodology. Bruce easily adapts his teaching style to the needs of the student, ensuring a successful and enjoyable carving experience.

Bruce's work has been featured in Chip Chats Magazine® on several occasions, as well as national and local wood carving shows.


Robert Gulley specializes in teaching Bowl Turning and Box Making, as well as sharpening and hand-crafted writing instruments. Robert's "Beginner's Corner" articles in Woodturning Design Magazine® are written with the absolute beginner in mind. He also instructs beginning students in wood turning, sharpening and box making at his local Woodcraft Store®. For more advanced students Robert also teaches hollow forms, coring, and more advanced woodturning techniques.

Robert brings a sense of wonder to working with wood, and he encourages this attitude in his students. From simple box-making to highly decorative heirlooms, or from pens and pencils to salad bowls and vases, Robert teaches students how to use the wood to its best advantage to create beautiful and functional works of art.

Robert is also a member in good standing of both the American Association of Woodturners (AAW)®
and the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild (OVWG) ®.



E-Mail us at the address to the left for more information, or call us for specific availability of times and dates. Club demonstrations are also welcomed.

Robert Gulley            859.431.4209

Bruce "Doc" Smith    859.344.9447

You may also write to us at:

Wood Elegance
266 Ward Ave
Bellevue, KY 41073