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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
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