Articles by: Mindy Kinsey

Great Gifts for Magical Mayem

Great Gifts for Magical Mayem

Combine the magic of woodworking with…magic!   Thanks to the popularity of “Game of Thrones,” the longevity of Harry Potter, and a new “Lord of the Rings” TV series in the works, fantasy has gone mainstream. These artisan-created gifts were inspired by those and other mystical worlds. We hope they […]

by November 14, 2017 News
Pattern Making Made Easy

Pattern Making Made Easy

Use an app to find a pose, then add clothes By Dylan Goodson   I have two methods for designing new carvings. When I need to work out the pose, clothing, and details, I sculpt a clay model. (Click here for one method of creating a model.) But for a […]

by November 14, 2017 Techniques
Whittling with Chris: Carving Curls

Whittling with Chris: Carving Curls

Practice one simple technique to make all sorts of projects   There are only two techniques you need to know to whittle almost any of Chris Lubkemann’s projects: sharpening a knife and carving curls. If you need to review your sharpening technique, watch this video. If you’ve got that down, […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Making a Letter Opener

Whittling with Chris: Making a Letter Opener

Whittle your first project! Versatile letter opener can also be a fork, jam spreader, or pickle poker   You’ve found some branches, chosen a knife, and shaped and sharpened the blade. It’s time to carve! Chris Lubkemann’s favorite first project is a versatile letter opener. You’ll learn how to shape […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Learn how to sharpen a knife for safe, easy whittling   A sharp knife is a safe knife. That might not seem logical, but it’s true. You will have much greater control over a sharp knife, and be able to push it much more gently through the wood, than you […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Learn how to shape your knife’s blade for whittling   To carve small twigs and tight spaces, Chris Lubkemann recommends reshaping the blade of your knife to give it more of a point.  In order to make the curls that decorate Chris’s roosters, flowers, trees, and other designs, you’ll also […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Learn what makes the perfect pocketknife   You can whittle with almost any knife, but some will make it more fun and comfortable than others. Get advice on picking the perfect pocketknife from the expert whittler Chris Lubkemann. He’ll tell you which blades you need (and which ones you don’t) […]

by October 31, 2017 Whittling with Chris
Pattern Style Survey

Pattern Style Survey

So we’ve been wondering… How do you like your carving patterns? Do you like a bare-bones pattern, or do you want every detail captured? Do you need or want a bandsaw outline, or do you ignore those? Please take our survey to tell us about your preferences for patterns!   […]

by October 5, 2017 News
Sea Shell Paperweight

Sea Shell Paperweight

Simple relief seashell is a perfect project for summer By Cindy Joslyn This simple shell is a great way to commemorate a beach vacation. I use mine as a paperweight, and I include instructions for weighting it, but you could also carve the shell into a box top or even a mantle. […]

by July 6, 2017 Projects
Quick & Cute Carving Projects

Quick & Cute Carving Projects

Patterns for 46 Projects to Carve in One Day By Lori Dickie Even complete beginners can carve delightful wooden characters with this book. Caricature carver Lori Dickie shows you how to get great results fast with just a blank basswood egg and her friendly step-by-step instructions. The premade blanks allow […]

by July 5, 2017 News