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Art of Chainsaw Carving

Most people think of a chainsaw as a tool for cutting limbs and trees, but artists have been using them to create sculpture for years. Today, carvers use chainsaws to sculpt everything from garden decorations to furniture and priceless works of art. Whether you’ve been thinking about getting involved in […]

by February 5, 2010 Features

Woodcarving at the National Scout Jamboree

Introducing 50,000 boys a year to the joys of carving through the merit badge program More than 1,000 Scouts, ages 12 to 17 took a three-hour class in the basics of wood carving at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree’s “Merit Badge Midway.” The Jamboree was held in Caroline County, VA. […]

by February 2, 2010 Features

Hand Carved Classics

You don’t need lots of tools to carve a masterpiece; I have carved a wide variety of things with just a pocketknife—including a variety of chains!  

by January 29, 2010 Features

Carousel Carving – Preserving the Past

The rise, fall, and rebirth of carved carousel horses Most people have fond childhood memories of riding on a carousel. The bright colors and lively music make the ride difficult to resist. In this article we’ll explore the history of the carousel and take a look at several organizations who […]

by January 29, 2010 Features
The Wood Sculptures of Darwin Dower

The Wood Sculptures of Darwin Dower

Historic rural life captured in amazing detail A native of Utah, L. Darwin Dower combines wood sculpting and story telling. He brings to life memories of past times specializing in subjects of the Old West. Stories are then drawn from his highly detailed sculptures, reflecting on a more relaxed time […]

by January 25, 2010 Features
Woodcarving Hollywood-Style

Woodcarving Hollywood-Style

When Hollywood execs descended on the Canadian city of Victoria, BC, they were pleasantly surprised to learn that local artists could provide the support needed to bring their latest film to life. In the made-for-television movie Pictures of Hollis Woods, Sissy Spacek portrays a retired art teacher with a passion […]

by January 24, 2010 Features

Serpentine Walking Stick

Staff and realistic snake are carved from a single piece of wood Many carvers approach this type of project using a vine wrapped branch or twisted root, but I sculpt the snake from an ordinary log. This allows the shape and contour of the snake to be planned, instead of […]

by January 24, 2010 Features
Carving on Turning

Carving on Turning

Modern woodturning masters embellish their work with carving The popularity of artistic woodturning has skyrocketed in the past decade. The modern masters featured in this article have combined turning with carving to create stunning compositions, of which the beautifully turned shape is only the beginning. J. Paul Fennell: Infinite piercing […]

by January 18, 2010 Features
Strategy with a Theme

Strategy with a Theme

Jim Arnold’s clever chess set designs If not for a hurricane in the late 1990s, Jim Arnold’s career might have taken a different path. During a power outage in his home state of Florida, Jim’s wife pointed out that chisels don’t require electricity. Taking her advice, Jim got started and […]

by January 17, 2010 Features
Teaching Kids to Carve

Teaching Kids to Carve

Jim Calder’s sweet potato faces make carving easy By Kathleen Ryan For Jim Calder, teaching kids to carve is a win-win situation. He enjoys it so much, he has taught more than 3,000 children the basics of woodcarving–for free. “I just love to see children carve for the first time […]

by January 16, 2010 Features