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Tap the steel punch with a hammer to leave a textured impression.

All About Punches

Add texture and designs to your carving with these simple tools by Roger Schroeder This article was first published in issue 46 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Essentially, a woodcarver’s punch is a steel texturing tool with a pattern engraved on its tip. Just when woodcarvers started to use them is unknown, although […]

by October 16, 2017 Get Started Carving, Tools for Beginners
Sharpening V-tools

Sharpening V-tools

Handy jig makes it easy to get a perfect edge by John English This article was first published in issue 43 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Sharpening V-tools can be challenging. WCI Holiday 2007 (issue #41) presented a simple technique for sharpening V-tools freehand. Many experts recommend learning to sharpen without the aid […]

Tool Control

Tool Control

Proper techniques for safe and efficient use by Chris Pye This article was first published in issue 39 of Woodcarving Illustrated. There is your piece of wood: a willing or unwilling victim of your designs, and then there’s you: intent and ready to carve. What’s in between? Your carving tools. We’ve […]

Carving a Mummy

Carving a Mummy

Fun and festive Halloween figure is easy to carve By Cyndi Joslyn Here’s a fun figure to decorate a tabletop or any surface you like. You can easily carve it in a few hours using just a few tools. It’s just as easy to paint. CLICK HERE to download the […]

by October 10, 2017 Fall Carving, Projects
Paintbrush Basics

Paintbrush Basics

Guidelines for getting the most from your brushes by Vicki Rhodes This article was first published in issue 42 of Woodcarving Illustrated. In its simplest form, a paintbrush is a collection of fibers formed into a specific shape, then tied and glued to a handle. Making informed decisions when purchasing your […]

See the Winning Carvings from the 2017 CCA Contest

See the Winning Carvings from the 2017 CCA Contest

Bob Hershey, a resident of Lititz, Pa. and a regular contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated, earned the Best of Show prize in the 2017 Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) National Caricature Carving Contest. His animal caricature, Dam Dental Details, also earned him first place in the Animal Groups category.   Mike Pounders, […]

by October 9, 2017 Club News, News
Hand-Cranked Carousel

Hand-Cranked Carousel

Carver/engineer team takes animated carvings to a new level When a carver wants to add motion to his carving, where does he go for advice? To an engineer friend turned carver, of course. That’s exactly what caricature carver Bruce Stake did—he reached out to his friend Bruce Longenecker, who helped […]

by October 9, 2017 Features
Maintaining a Sharp Edge

Maintaining a Sharp Edge

Strop your tools to keep them in top shape by Mac Proffitt This article was first published in issue 55 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Regular tool maintenance prevents hours of time spent sharpening. A properly maintained edge needs to be sharpened on a stone only if you damage the edge. Proper tool […]

Come See Us at Artistry in Wood!

Come See Us at Artistry in Wood!

The staff of Woodcarving Illustrated magazine is packing bags and planning routes as we prepare for the event known in the carving world as “The Dayton Show.” Wait, you’re thinking — isn’t it a bit early for that? But no. Artistry in Wood, which is sponsored by the Dayton (Ohio) […]

by October 6, 2017 Club News, News
Autumn Mouse Relief Carving

Autumn Mouse Relief Carving

Get started with your fall decorating with this fanciful relief carving pattern By Lora S. Irish This clever little critter is planning ahead for winter. Rummaging through the oak leaves, he’s picking up acorns and storing them away. Use this adorable pattern to decorate anything–and carve it in a few […]

by October 6, 2017 Fall Carving, Projects