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ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds

ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds

By Bob Duncan   Protect your ears from loud tools while listening to your tunes with the ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds. These earbuds combine comfort with hearing protection and good sound quality. These innovative earbuds also include a noise-cancelling microphone that eliminates steady state noise, such as a […]

by June 14, 2017 eNews: Strop Talk, Product Reviews
Chainsaw Carving Big Oley

Chainsaw Carving Big Oley

Artist transforms white pine log into Paul Bunyon’s camp cook It all began several years ago….The place: the Steam Engine Village at the UP State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Michigan. This village reproduces the look and feel of a turn-of-the-century settlement, with a blacksmith, cook shack, ice cream shop, general store, […]

by June 14, 2017 eNews: Strop Talk, Features
Still Carving at 100

Still Carving at 100

Canadian centenarian started carving in the 1970s and co-founded a carving club By Kathleen Ryan Living to be one hundred years old is quite an accomplishment by anyone’s standards. To still be doing what you love—namely carving–at that age, is nothing short of extraordinary. Just ask Canadian woodcarver Jack Motyer. […]

by June 14, 2017 eNews: Strop Talk, Features
Choosing a Whittling Knife

Choosing a Whittling Knife

What to look for when selecting a folding knife By Bob Duncan One of the neat things about whittling is that you can do it anywhere. This means your knife should be portable, and nothing beats the convenience of safely slipping a folded knife into your pocket. Many manufacturers create folding knives […]

by May 3, 2017 Product Reviews
A Lifelong Carving Challenge

A Lifelong Carving Challenge

By Kathleen Ryan Photos by Kathi Tynan Fifty years ago Bob Brightbill received a simple set of carving tools as a gift from his wife, Mary, who challenged him to carve something. So Bob bought some carving books and fashioned a wooden fish. Since then the Waitsfield, Vt., resident has […]

by May 3, 2017 Features
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
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pinewood Derby

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pinewood Derby

By Bob Duncan & Mindy Kinsey It sounded like an easy project: we were asked to turn our Pinewood Derby magazine into a book featuring “fast and furious” speed secrets. With a few cosmetic changes, some new cars, and an update on the tools, we thought we could get it […]

by January 13, 2017 Features
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
Woodcraft’s QuikBench

Woodcraft’s QuikBench

By Bob Duncan While some carvers have the space for a full-sized stationary bench, many work in any available space. Woodcraft’s QuikBench provides a strong, stable clamping surface that folds up to fit under a bed or alongside a freezer. The QuikBench has a 24″ by 30″ working surface and […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

By Bob Duncan Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat is one of those products that makes you ask, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before now?” This mat will protect your work surface from … well … everything. The 15″ by 30″ mat gives you plenty of space to work. The 1/8″-thick […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews