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Koch Sharpening System

Koch Sharpening System

Take your sharpening to the next level with the Koch Sharpening System By Bob Duncan Two features make the Koch system different from other systems: The natural fiber wheels and the thermo-reactive sharpening compound. In the past, only the green fine-grit compound was available. I use this green compound for […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Flat Lying Trammel Set

M Power’s flat lying trammel set (FLTS) makes marking your carving a snap. The locking trammels securely hold a pencil and attach to any ruler, making it easy to go from drawing centerlines on a carving to marking in a chip carving grid. The FLTS is based on M Power’s […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Dremel Multi-Max

Dremel’s Multi-Max combines a triangular sanding pad with an oscillating saw and scraper system. The tool makes a useful addition to any shop. The Multi-Max sands away a surprising amount of wood quickly and features an adjustable oscillating speed. The offset saw attachment works great for relief carving. It allows […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews
Razertip Feather Formers

Razertip Feather Formers

The folks at Razertip have come up with a new line of woodburning tips for bird carvers. I experimented with the newly designed Feather Former burning tips and am very pleased with the results. I tested three sets from the collection, #SET4FFCC Coarse, #SET4FFM Medium, and #SET4FFF Fine. These sets […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews
JoolTool helps you get perfect edges on carving tools—fast

JoolTool helps you get perfect edges on carving tools—fast

One of the most difficult aspects of carving is to keep and maintain a razor’s edge on your carving tools. If you like to use sharp knives, hand tools, and like a razor sharp edge, this revolutionary new sharpening system called “JoolTool” is the system for you. After 25 years […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Jerry-Rig Work Positioner (B-4)

Any carver working three dimensionally should have a work positioner, and this one is as good as they get. This is a substantial piece of equipment: thick metal—cast iron or chrome plated steel—precisely engineered and well finished. It can be fixed in one of three ways to your bench: by […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews
Edible Art

Edible Art

Take a look at some classic cookie molds and design your own relief projects with a purpose By Mark Weinstein Gene Wilson was a college biology professor vacationing at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia when he first noticed old world-quality, wood-carved cookie molds in a bakeshop. Shortly after that, he and […]

by February 8, 2010 Features

The Dream Weaver

There’s much to learn from professional woodcarver Ian Norbury, whose carvings are in collections all over the world. “I don’t sell woodcarvings,” Ian Norbury declares emphatically. A quizzical statement from a man who has been a professional woodcarver for over 25 years, until he completes the thought: “I sell dreams […]

by February 7, 2010 Features

Observation Leads to Inspiration

Creativity powers John Taye’s carving John Taye’s ideas for carving materialize while he pushes a cart up and down the aisle of a grocery store’s produce department. He’ll also mine ideas from drawing and doodling in a sketchbook or observing the world around him. “I see things in nature that […]

by February 5, 2010 Features

Schimmel’s Carvings

Turn of the Century Carver’s Work Popular Among Collectors Pennsylvania woodcarver John Bastian recreated several Wilhelm Schimmel carvings before designing a cat based on Schimmel’s style. Wood carver Wilhelm Schimmel may have been considered a tramp in his time, but today his pieces are popular among collectors of folk art […]

by February 5, 2010 Features