Articles by: Mindy Kinsey

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
Q&A: Do I Need a Sharpening Appliance?

Q&A: Do I Need a Sharpening Appliance?

Q: I saw these new sharpening appliances on a website. Do I need something like this to sharpen my carving tools? A:  No. Sharpening appliances like this are designed for single-edge chisels and plane irons. You could sharpen knives and gouges on it, but they don’t require the absolute flatness the aluminum […]

by July 3, 2017 Shop Tips
Paint Tote Case

Paint Tote Case

Build a simple but sturdy organizer for your paint collection By Dick Truesdell Like many woodcarvers, I have accumulated a sizeable collection of paint bottles. Storing, organizing, and transporting all of them to classes was difficult, so I decided to build this handy case. Done as a weekend project, I […]

by April 10, 2017 Projects, Shop Tips
Simple Spring Bunny Pin

Simple Spring Bunny Pin

Use this easy relief carving as a pin, pendant, or magnet By Larry Spinak Need an Easter accessory or last minute gift? This bunny can be carved quickly and used as a pin, pendant, or magnet. Change the angles of the eyelid lines and the positions of the painted eyes […]

by April 10, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Daffodil Lovespoon

Daffodil Lovespoon

This spoon is rich with symbols of spring, luck, and love By Sharon Littley and Clive Griffin Lovespoons have been carved for centuries in Europe and Scandinavia. They are thought to have been invented as a courtship ritual; young men would carve spoons to impress the young women they desired. […]

by April 10, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Lancaster County Wood Carvers 2017 Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Festival

Lancaster County Wood Carvers 2017 Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Festival

Club celebrates the Luck o’ the Irish The Lancaster County Wood Carvers held its 44th annual Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Festival on March 18-19, 2017. The club welcomed 58 exhibitors and nearly 900 guests. As always, the exhibitors were a mixture of woodworkers, supply vendors, and artists who do wildlife-themed […]

by April 10, 2017 Club News
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club

Charlotte Woodcarvers Club

Carvers learn funny faces from Dave Stetson Dave Stetson, a well-known author, teacher, and member of the Caricature Carvers of America, recently traveled from Arizona to visit the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club of Charlotte, N.C. Dave was a judge at the club’s annual Showcase of Woodcarvings in February. He also taught […]

by April 4, 2017 Club News
Puzzle Playsets Video

Puzzle Playsets Video

Puzzle Playsets: Easy to Make, Fun to Give! Puzzle playsets are quick, easy, and fun to make. Each one is a puzzle, a toy, and a creative decoration all in one. Watch our video overview and learn how to use simple woodworking to make your own puzzle playsets. You’ll need […]

by April 4, 2017 News, Videos