Articles by: BobD

Solving the Mystery of Big Oley

Solving the Mystery of Big Oley

Chainsaw team turns a forgotten carving into a lasting attraction   The Steam Engine Village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Mich., reproduces the look and feel of a turn-of-the-century settlement. It has a blacksmith, cook shack, ice cream shop, general store, barbershop, etc., in a park-like setting, with grass and trees. […]

by June 14, 2017 Features
Still Carving at 100

Still Carving at 100

Centenarian enjoys creativity, social aspects of carving By Kathleen Ryan Living to be one hundred years old is quite an accomplishment by anyone’s standards. To still be doing what you love—namely carving—at that age is extraordinary. Just ask Canadian woodcarver Jack Motyer. Jack was born in Winnipeg, Mb., Canada, on January […]

by June 14, 2017 Features
OrbiCut Review

OrbiCut Review

A rotary carving bit designed to be used on an ordinary drill By Bob Duncan With the OrbiCut, you don’t need a high speed rotary tool. It’s designed to be used in an electric (corded) drill. Check out the video below to see it in action. The smaller OrbiCut is […]

by June 2, 2017 Product Reviews
Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2017 Issue 79

Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2017 Issue 79

The Spring 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! In This Issue:   […]

by May 11, 2017 Current Issue

Woodcarving shop fire ignited by spontaneous combustion

Our thoughts are definitely with the owners of Andy Lakes Woodworks in Glyndon, Minn., after three log sheds and a shop building burned down Saturday (May 6, 2017). Officials say the fire started when finishing chemicals spontaneously combusted. For more information, visit http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2017/may/07/fire-destroys-glyndon-woodcarving-business/. This is really a wakeup call for carvers. […]

by May 10, 2017 News
Comfortable Carving

Comfortable Carving

Simple changes and stretches make it comfortable to carve for long periods of time By Don Swartz When you are carving, do your arms and shoulders get tired? Do you feel pain in your neck, back, or extremities? Most carvers feel fatigue during or after a carving session. Here are […]

by May 3, 2017 Techniques
Choosing a Whittling Knife

Choosing a Whittling Knife

What to look for when selecting a folding knife By Bob Duncan One of the neat things about whittling is that you can do it anywhere. This means your knife should be portable, and nothing beats the convenience of safely slipping a folded knife into your pocket. Many manufacturers create folding knives […]

by May 3, 2017 Product Reviews
Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Learn the secrets that unlock this striking technique By Rick Wiebe   I learned the basic process of making wooden fan birds from books and magazine articles, and then developed my unique style and process by lots of trial, error, and practice. It does take practice to get good at […]

by May 3, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Chip-Carve an Heirloom Hand Mirror

Chip-Carve an Heirloom Hand Mirror

Use a few simple cuts to transform a simple blank into a meaningful gift By Wayne Barton This organic inspired design combines stylized leaves with geometric designs. The combination of classic and modern makes it a good choice for almost adults and children. The durable design will allow it to be […]

by May 2, 2017 Patterns
Carving Hair

Carving Hair

Use these basic techniques to add hair to a carving  By Harold Enlow Most carvings of people will include some sort of hair, whether it is hair on the head, a mustache, or a beard. Hair is one place where you can introduce a bit of realism to make the […]

by March 31, 2017 Techniques