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Canes with a Theme

Canes with a Theme

By Ayleen Stellhorn “I guess I do just about everything backwards,” laughs Hershal Borders. But for this Middletown, Ohio, resident, “backwards” may well be the key to his growing notoriety as canemaker-extraordinaire.“I start with a block of basswood and a pattern, which is a little backwards from the way most […]

by January 14, 2010 Features, Techniques

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