Articles by: Kristen Scanlan

Strop Talk – Issue Two

Strop Talk – Issue Two

Welcome to the second issue of Strop Talk! As you know, stropping keeps your knife sharp between cuts. This quarterly e-newsletter is our way of staying in touch with you between issues of Woodcarving Illustrated. But did you know there is another way you can stay in touch with us? Come […]

by October 18, 2016 eNews: Strop Talk
Stop Talk – Issue One

Stop Talk – Issue One

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Strop Talk! As you know, stropping keeps your knife sharp between cuts. This quarterly e-newsletter is our way of staying in touch with you between issues of Woodcarving Illustrated. Here we share projects, features, tips, insider scoop on books and authors, club news, and more. This […]

by October 18, 2016 eNews: Strop Talk
Woodcarver of the Year

Woodcarver of the Year

And the award goes to… …the woodcarver whose quality of work shows a devotion to excellence …who possesses a generosity of spirit in teaching others to pass the craft along …who leverages their skills in carving and teaching even further through their writings If you would like to nominate a […]

by October 14, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
Rick Jensen is the 2014 Woodcarver of the Year

Rick Jensen is the 2014 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan It’s something of an incongruity that one of the most innovative and influential carvers in the United States uses a humble found wood as his medium. Rick Jensen has been carving cottonwood bark—literally, the thick bark of dead eastern cottonwood trees, which Rick harvests himself in North […]

by October 14, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
Fred Cogelow is the 2013 Woodcarver of the Year

Fred Cogelow is the 2013 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan Fred Cogelow was destined to be a carver. “Everything just kept leading to it,” he said. His father was a woodworker who died when Fred was six, leaving behind a set of tools that Fred used to make his first carving: a face gouged into his mother’s […]

by October 13, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
Floyd Rhadigan is the 2016 Woodcarver of the Year

Floyd Rhadigan is the 2016 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan Over the past 40 years, Floyd Rhadigan has taught thousands of people how to carve. His clear instructions and appealing designs have become as well known in the carving world as his sparkling eyes, leather vest, and long hair, and his speedy knife and tireless travel schedule […]

by October 12, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
Harley Refsal is the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year

Harley Refsal is the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan Like so many others, Harley Refsal discovered his life’s work while in college. But Harley wasn’t inspired to become a doctor, lawyer, or businessman. Instead, on a choir tour to Scandinavia in 1965, Harley discovered flat-plane woodcarving. “I saw whittled figures, what I know now were considered […]

by October 12, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
Vic Hood is the 2011 Woodcarver of the Year

Vic Hood is the 2011 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan Vic Hood’s amazing realistic carvings consistently earn Best of Show awards, but it’s Vic’s dedication to sharing his knowledge and passion for carving that earns him the coveted Woodcarving Illustrated Woodcarver of the Year award. Viewing the highly detailed busts Vic carves today, you’d never guess his […]

by October 11, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
Tom Wolfe is the 2010 Woodcarver of the Year

Tom Wolfe is the 2010 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan Tom Wolfe is one of the most prolific authors of woodcarving books in the United States. Tom’s instructional texts have influenced thousands of carvers. With more than 50 books to his name, Tom has taught generations of carvers how to complete everything from caricatures to woodspirits. “I […]

by October 10, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year
John Burke is the 2009 Woodcarver of the Year

John Burke is the 2009 Woodcarver of the Year

By Bob Duncan Photos by Mark Featherly Noted for his highly detailed realistic busts, John Burke’s biggest contribution to the world of woodcarving is the impact he has had on other carvers. John has been teaching carving for more than 20 years. John pioneered many of the methods used to […]

by October 9, 2016 Wood Carver of the Year