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All About Clamps & Vises

All About Clamps & Vises

Essential hardware to aid your carving by Roger Schroeder There are probably as many clamping methods as there are carvers because every carver holds his or her own carving differently. But most have very similar roots—and are based on a few simple ideas. Holding Unless you are planning to hold […]

by December 8, 2017 Shop Tips
Carver’s Lapboard

Carver’s Lapboard

No room in the house is off limits with this portable carving station made from scrap. by Charles Brown This article was first published in issue 34 of Woodcarving Illustrated. The dimensions of the lapboard depend on a couple factors; I made mine to fit comfortably in my easy chair. Your […]

by December 6, 2017 Shop Tips
Shop-Made Rotary Carving Vise

Shop-Made Rotary Carving Vise

Create this clever, hold-anything vise for less than $30 by Mike Burton This article was first published in issue 34 of Woodcarving Illustrated. When doing any type of full-form sculpture, holding the work can pose a challenge. To meet this need, I’ve developed a rotating vise that will meet many holding […]

by December 4, 2017 Shop Tips
Shop-Made Holding Devices

Shop-Made Holding Devices

Inexpensive methods for holding irregularly shaped carvings by Roger Schroeder This article was first published in issue 35 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Carvers tend to be innovative—and with the odd shapes that carvings can take on, many commercial holding devices just won’t work. That is why carvers design, or adapt, their own […]

by December 1, 2017 Shop Tips
Cut Your Own Carving Blanks

Cut Your Own Carving Blanks

Simple technique reduces the time you spend roughing out a carving by Mark Duginske This article was first published in issue 42 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Band saws tend to be one of the first power tools a new carver invests in. Carvers of all skill levels use the band saw to […]

by November 29, 2017 Techniques
Basic Relief Techniques

Basic Relief Techniques

Learn the fundamentals of carving in low relief by Chris Pye This article was first published in issue 43 of Woodcarving Illustrated. This design gives you the opportunity to practice low-relief carving. The technique is the same whether you are carving kanji characters, traditional letters, or pictorial designs. These kanji characters […]

Sharpening a Gouge

Sharpening a Gouge

Simple techniques produce a sharp cutting edge by Mac Proffitt This article was first published in issue 53 of Woodcarving Illustrated. It is possible to sharpen gouges with a flat stone, but I prefer to use a conical slip stone or gouge stone. Regardless of the stone you use, the goal […]

Undercutting around the beard adds shadow and depth.

Undercutting

Simple cuts add depth and shadows by Lora S. Irish This article was first published in issue 39 of Woodcarving Illustrated. A high relief carving depends on shadows and the illusion of depth. Undercutting helps you achieve this and has the added benefit of tucking the joint line underneath an element, which allows […]

Adding Subtle Color

Adding Subtle Color

Roughing and dry-brushing techniques add life to your carving without overpowering the wood by Lora S. Irish This article was originally published in issue 46 of Woodcarving Illustrated. In this project, I use stain, oil paint, and acrylic paint to enhance the project without obscuring the wood grain. This fun wood […]

by November 20, 2017 Finishing for Beginners, Get Started Carving
Hand Sharpening Made Simple

Hand Sharpening Made Simple

Tips for keeping your carving tools razor sharp by John Mignone and Roger Schroeder. This article was first published in issue 32 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Ask ten carvers how to sharpen a tool and you are bound to get ten different answers. But what is the right way to sharpen a […]