Articles by: BobD

Whittling with Chris: Carving an Owl

Whittling with Chris: Carving an Owl

Transform a stick into a classic owl. Master whittler Chris Lubkemann shares his take on this classic carving project.   Many carvers start out by carving a 5-Minute Owl. Chris Lubkemann shows how the bark on a branch is perfect to imply an owl’s feathers. While it might take you a […]

by September 27, 2018 Whittling with Chris
Tools for Removing Wood Quickly

Tools for Removing Wood Quickly

We test-drive the hardiest “toys” on the market By Bob Duncan   While some carvers resort to a chainsaw to remove excess wood quickly, other options exist for carvers who are hesitant to handle one. Automach CH-80 This large reciprocating carver is not just for fans of edged tools. With […]

by July 5, 2018 News, Videos
Carving a Woman’s Mouth

Carving a Woman’s Mouth

Simple techniques to make attractive, feminine lips By Harold Enlow Many carvers add beards and mustaches to avoid carving lips and mouths. If you plan to carve a woman, though, it’s impossible to hide the lips. Learning these few simple steps for carving lips allows you to carve any face. […]

by July 5, 2018 Techniques
Burning a Slot for a Knife Holder

Burning a Slot for a Knife Holder

Transform any stable-base carving into a custom knife holder By Mark Akers You could carefully carve a slot in a piece of wood, glue that piece of wood to another piece of wood, and then carve the two into a custom knife holder. But it’s a lot more fun to […]

by July 5, 2018 Videos
Shop Made Sanding Drums

Shop Made Sanding Drums

Make custom rotary-tool sanders from inexpensive hardware By Bill Kinnear Throughout my woodworking years, I have been continually frustrated with the sanding accessories that are available, so I set out to develop a cheap system that would work under different applications. The sanders I designed are inexpensive and easy to […]

by July 5, 2018 Shop Tips
Carving a Santa Whistle

Carving a Santa Whistle

Capture the sounds of summer all year long with this easy to carve Santa whistle By Roger Beane Whistles are easy to make—you just need a twig, a drill, and a knife. The fun and creativity come in when you start decorating your whistles. I use them to practice carving […]

by April 23, 2018 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
Carving an Eye

Carving an Eye

Define any style of eye with four simple V-cuts By Harold Enlow Photography by Scott Kreiner   Eyes add expression and character to a carving. Many folks struggle with carving eyes, so they paint the eyes on their carvings. But this often requires the entire carving to be painted. Because […]

by April 10, 2018 Techniques, Techniques for Beginners
Working Wooden Pliers

Working Wooden Pliers

Make a miniature tool with a sharp knife and a few careful cuts Based on a traditional design made famous by Ernest Warther The ability to make multiple interconnected parts from a single piece of wood is a whittler’s specialty—as evidenced by the popularity of chains and cages. These miniature […]

by February 8, 2018 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Carving a Rustic Welcome Sign

Carving a Rustic Welcome Sign

The perfect sign project for beginners that looks great embellished with gold leaf By Vernon DePauw The pineapple has long been a symbol of welcome and hospitality. Rather than carving down the entire surface of the sign, carve and attach the pineapple separately. Making the Sign Determine the size you […]

Carved Clichés

Carved Clichés

Carvers went back to the drawing board to design these amusing carvings By Mindy Kinsey Let’s not beat around the bush. Clichés are common as dirt. When push comes to shove, it’s easier to use ready-made phrases than to create original descriptions for common experiences. When in Rome, you know. […]

by January 25, 2018 Features