Articles by: Kristen Scanlan

All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 2

All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 2

Keeping up with the old and the new in essential carving tools By Roger Schroeder   Whittlers take note: Chisels, gouges, and V-tools are here to stay. While you may feel comfortable with just a knife in your hand, don’t think that these other edge tools can’t perform miracles.   […]

by April 20, 2017 Shop Tips
All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 1

All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 1

Despite hundreds of profiles, sizes, and shapes to choose from, they all remove wood By Roger Schroeder   To a carver, chisels, gouges, and V-tools are all chisels. While that simplifies the description, it is not accurate. The cutting edge of a chisel is a rectangular shape, while the cutting […]

by April 18, 2017 Shop Tips
Tehachapi Mountain Carvers Carve the Ark

Tehachapi Mountain Carvers Carve the Ark

The Tehachapi Mountain Carvers carved Betty Padden’s Noah’s Ark featured in Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2016 (Issue 74). CLICK HERE to see more pictures and to read about their plans for the finished project.  

by April 14, 2017 Club News
Projects from Coloring Books

Projects from Coloring Books

The coloring fad has a side benefit: the designs are great for woodworking, too! By Mindy Kinsey We’ve all heard the buzz: adults are reclaiming their inner kid by coloring. Thousands of coloring books designed for adults have been released in the past two years, and rumor has it the […]

by February 8, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Flying High

Flying High

A childhood passion for aviation inspired Bill Hanes when he returned to carving after a 20-year hiatus By Kathleen Ryan As a young boy, Bill Hanes built plastic model planes and hung them from his bedroom ceiling. Decades later, he combined that childhood fascination with his love of woodworking to […]

by February 8, 2017 Features
Strop Talk – Issue Five

Strop Talk – Issue Five

Welcome to the fifth issue of Strop Talk! We are dedicated to bringing you new, fun, and informative content in each of our Strop Talk e-newsletters. Combined with our magazine, website, and online forum, Strop Talk is another way to help keep the creativity flowing and the carving knives sharp […]

by January 27, 2017 eNews: Strop Talk
Acanthus Candle Holder

Acanthus Candle Holder

A project to Brighten Your Evening By Phillip Odden As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, my wife and I spend more time inside. With fewer hours of daylight, a nicely carved candle holder makes a room feel cozy during the evenings. The carving can grace a dining […]

by January 13, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Perky Snowman

Perky Snowman

Brighten up a dreary day with this whimsical winter character By Rod Leeseberg This snowman begs to be brought out of a piece of wood. Add a cheerfully colored scarf, stocking hat, and mittens and you’ll achieve a figure that will have your friends grinning with admiration. Perch a snowy […]

by January 13, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Handmade Tools

Handmade Tools

Jeffro Uitto crafts his tools as carefully as he does his furniture By Kathleen Ryan Jeffro Uitto both creates beautifully sculpted furniture from recycled wood and forges his own handmade tools. “I love creating something functional. It’s so satisfying to work with tools that you’ve made yourself,” Jeffro said. The […]

by January 13, 2017 Features
Photo Tips

Photo Tips

Want to make your carving project stand out in a photograph? Look no further! Click on the links below to views tips on how to better light, compose, focus, and size your photographs. CLICK HERE for tips about photo lighting. CLICK HERE for tips about photo composition. CLICK HERE for […]

by January 3, 2017 Techniques