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We Review the New Walnut Hollow Woodburner

We Review the New Walnut Hollow Woodburner

Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner: new design is sleek and powerful, and won’t break the bank By Lora S. Irish  $99.99 at walnuthollow.com Walnut Hollow’s new Creative Woodburner is a real game-changer—it’s a professional-quality variable temperature unit offered at a hobbyist’s budget price. The kit includes a small power base with […]

by February 7, 2019 Features, News, Product Reviews
Maine’s Master Craftsman

Maine’s Master Craftsman

New England carver John Bryan gives old tools—and some unique wood—a new lease on life By Kaylee Schofield  Check out the full article in WCI Spring 2019, Issue #86! Traveling down a pine-studded lane a short drive from the Maine coast, you just might miss the turnoff to John Bryan’s […]

by December 19, 2018 Features, News
Splendid Spoons

Splendid Spoons

By Kaylee Schofield Foodandwine.com has dubbed Giles Newman’s spoons “the world’s most beautiful,” and it’s not hard to see why; his art is at once utilitarian and visually delicate. Giles carves intricate spoons and jewelry using nothing but a knife, an axe, and wind-fallen wood from Coed Tegid, his personal […]

by July 31, 2018 Features
Product Review: Flexcut Spoon Tools

Product Review: Flexcut Spoon Tools

Three new tools ensure that spoon carvers both at home and on the go are fully equipped for their art By Mindy Kinsey This review was originally published in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2018 (Issue 83). Flexcut has added three spoon carving tools to its extensive range of carving equipment: two Sloyd […]

by April 11, 2018 Product Reviews, Tools for Beginners
The Art of Fire with Bob Swain

The Art of Fire with Bob Swain

Create a worn, antiqued look for your carvings by finishing with flames By Curtis Badger Photography by Tom Badger This article originally appeared in Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2006 (Issue 34). Bob Swain spends days carving an intricate dragon from 10 separate pieces of white cedar. Finally, with the pieces assembled, the form […]

by April 11, 2018 Features, Techniques
Carved Clichés

Carved Clichés

Carvers went back to the drawing board to design these amusing carvings By Mindy Kinsey Let’s not beat around the bush. Clichés are common as dirt. When push comes to shove, it’s easier to use ready-made phrases than to create original descriptions for common experiences. When in Rome, you know. […]

by January 25, 2018 Features
Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Clamp any carving with this solidly built and versatile bench By Bob Duncan While many carvers work in their lap or on a tabletop, some projects call for clamping. Enter the Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform. Paired with the right accessories, its all-over pattern of dog holes lets you clamp any […]

by December 15, 2017 News, Product Reviews
Realistic Santa Carvings

Realistic Santa Carvings

Intricate details and interesting poses add life to these realistic Santa carvings  By Dylan Goodson With any carving, it’s important to get the overall anatomy correct. But for me, the fun comes when it’s time to add details. I prefer realistic carvings because I can really add as much detail […]

by October 25, 2017 Features, Holiday Carving
Hand-Cranked Carousel

Hand-Cranked Carousel

Carver/engineer team takes animated carvings to a new level When a carver wants to add motion to his carving, where does he go for advice? To an engineer friend turned carver, of course. That’s exactly what caricature carver Bruce Stake did—he reached out to his friend Bruce Longenecker, who helped […]

by October 9, 2017 Features
The Spiral Spoon

The Spiral Spoon

Visiting a wonderful world of wooden spoons By Alma Winberry A few years ago, I attended the West Glacier Carving Rendezvous in Montana. One afternoon, my friend Faye Spiller and I decided to take an afternoon drive. As we were taking in the sights, Faye asked me, “Have you ever been […]

by July 27, 2017 Features