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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
Distinctively Different Decoys

Distinctively Different Decoys

Chris Boone uses natural bark, knots, and lichen to accent his carved decoys By Kathleen Ryan Photos by Stephen Paul Thompson North Carolina artist Chris Boone has carved out a name for himself by turning a hunter’s tool into beautiful works of art. He makes distinctive handcarved decoy ducks and […]

by July 27, 2017 Features
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 Product Reviews
Solving the Mystery of Big Oley

Solving the Mystery of Big Oley

Chainsaw team turns a forgotten carving into a lasting attraction   The Steam Engine Village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Mich., reproduces the look and feel of a turn-of-the-century settlement. It has a blacksmith, cook shack, ice cream shop, general store, barbershop, etc., in a park-like setting, with grass and trees. […]

by June 14, 2017 Features
Still Carving at 100

Still Carving at 100

Centenarian enjoys creativity, social aspects of carving 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 extraordinary. Just ask Canadian woodcarver Jack Motyer. Jack was born in Winnipeg, Mb., Canada, on January […]

by June 14, 2017 Features
OrbiCut Review

OrbiCut Review

A rotary carving bit designed to be used on an ordinary drill By Bob Duncan With the OrbiCut, you don’t need a high speed rotary tool. It’s designed to be used in an electric (corded) drill. Check out the video below to see it in action. The smaller OrbiCut is […]

by June 2, 2017 Product Reviews
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