Articles by: BobD

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
Carving a Simple Santa Ornament

Carving a Simple Santa Ornament

Simple project is perfect for teaching beginners or just fun for yourself! By Bob Kozakiewicz   You’ll need just a carving knife and a small V-tool to carve this easy St. Nick project. Because it uses only a few basic straight cuts, this piece is perfect for teaching new carvers. They will […]

by December 15, 2017 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
Realistic Santa Carvings

Realistic Santa Carvings

Intricate details and interesting poses add life to these realistic Santa carvings  By Dylan Goodson With any carving, it’s important to get the overall anatomy correct. But for me, the fun comes when it’s time to add details. I prefer realistic carvings because I can really add as much detail […]

by October 25, 2017 Features, Holiday Carving
Using a Grid to Enlarge a Pattern

Using a Grid to Enlarge a Pattern

Classic technique allows you to scale a pattern without using a photocopier or computer By Jon Deck and Bob Duncan Before photocopiers were widespread, woodworkers and crafters enlarged patterns by hand. While there are hosts of drafting tools that make this possible, the easiest way to enlarge a pattern is […]

by October 24, 2017 Techniques
Carving Santa and Rudolph

Carving Santa and Rudolph

Your new chance to carve our very first Santa By David Sabol In many ways, it’s the iconic carving we compare all Santa projects to—the cover project of Woodcarving Illustrated Issue 1. This piece captures the whimsy and fun of carving, and the finishing technique leaves no question that it’s […]

by October 20, 2017 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
Carving Cigar Box Lids

Carving Cigar Box Lids

Create a one-of-a-kind gift by upcycling wooden cigar boxes By Desiree Hajny Most good cigars come in Spanish cedar boxes, and Spanish cedar is a great wood for carving. So, why not embellish a cigar box with a carving to transform it into a wonderful keepsake box. When carving the […]

by October 20, 2017 Patterns & Projects
Woodcarving Illustrated Winter 2017 Issue 81

Woodcarving Illustrated Winter 2017 Issue 81

The Winter 2017 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 October 12, 2017 Current Issue, News