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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

Carving Custom Light-switch Covers

My idea for carved light-switch covers came to me one day while shopping at my local home improvement store. I realized home owners are leaning toward a more customized look for their homes. Light-switch covers are a quick and easy way to add handcarved accents to your home décor. I […]

by January 11, 2010 Features
Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity

Decoy carver Karl Schmidt is a lesson in perseverance By Dr. Lawrence Vamer Many of Karl Schmidt’s carved ducks appear as though they are alive and ready to fly away. What makes Karl’s work even more amazing is he suffers from quadriplegia as a result of a swimming pool accident. […]

by January 11, 2010 Features
What is Tramp Art?

What is Tramp Art?

By Jim Sebring The origin of tramp art dates back to the late–1800s. Essentially, tramp art consists of notched and layered pieces of wood. It is widely believed that tramp art evolved from folk-art chip carving traditions. The notches, which were often carved in wood scavenged from cigar boxes and […]

by January 6, 2010 Features
Sharing the Joy of Carving Wood

Sharing the Joy of Carving Wood

Build self confidence and provide a life-long hobby by teaching kids to carve By Dave Brock More than 40 years ago, my dad made a surprise stop at a local hobby shop and bought me a small carving set. Looking back, I realize woodcarving played a major role in building […]

by January 6, 2010 Features