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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
Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2018 Issue 82

Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2018 Issue 82

The Spring 2018 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated includes a variety of projects, patterns, and features, as well as interesting techniques. This issue is a part of the regular magazine subscription. It is also available from your favorite retailer or from Fox Chapel Publishing, www.foxchapelpublishing.com or 1-800-457-9112. Scroll down for a sneak peek!       […]

by January 25, 2018 Current Issue
Toxic Woods

Toxic Woods

Most woods are safe, but a few common woods can cause some serious health problems. Print out this quick reference chart to keep yourself safe. By Charlie Self Dust masks and air cleaners are on the list of necessary tools in most shops, but research shows that some woods are […]

by January 23, 2018 Materials for Beginners, Techniques
Conewago Carvers reach out to vets at annual woodcarving show

Conewago Carvers reach out to vets at annual woodcarving show

This year, the Conewago Carvers made a concerted effort to invite veterans and folks serving in the active military to their annual woodcarving show, which was held Oct. 28-29, 2017 at the East Berlin (Pa.) Community Center. Veterans were given free admission to the show, and the club reached out […]

by December 15, 2017 Club News, News, Show Reports
Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Clamp any carving with this solidly built and versatile bench By Bob Duncan While many carvers work in their lap or on a tabletop, some projects call for clamping. Enter the Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform. Paired with the right accessories, its all-over pattern of dog holes lets you clamp any […]

by December 15, 2017 News, Product Reviews
Cincinnati Carvers Guild 2017 Woodcarving Show

Cincinnati Carvers Guild 2017 Woodcarving Show

Attendance at the 2017 Cincinnati Carvers Guild woodcarving show jumped 20% over the previous year. The show, held at the Clarion Hotel in Cincinnati, drew 420 people and had 65 vendor and exhibit tables. According to Rick Bissonnette, the guild president and show chairman, the guild had 95 entries in […]

by December 15, 2017 News, Show Reports