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Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

By Bob Duncan Zippo has expanded beyond the windproof lighter business into the outdoor and camping markets. The company’s new 4-in-1 Woodsman tool is ideal for woodcarvers, especially those who harvest their own walking sticks. The lightweight tool is a bow saw, useful for cutting down saplings, that quickly converts […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool

Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool

By Bob Duncan Dremel has added a new EZ Change mechanism to its rotary tool that allows you to change bits in seconds with no wrenches. The pull-lever system replaces the standard collet nut system, which required you to use a wrench to tighten or loosen the nut. In our […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Sjöbergs Smart Vise

Sjöbergs Smart Vise

By Bob Duncan Sjöbergs, the company that has set the standard for full-size workbenches and smaller carver’s benches, has created a mobile workstation they call the Smart Vise. The Smart Vise measures 14 1/4″ by 14 1/4″, can be clamped to any table or workspace, and includes a versatile bench […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Losable Knives

Losable Knives

By Bob Duncan Chestnut Tools has partnered with Lee Valley to offer what they call losable knives. The inexpensive stainless steel knives come in boxes of five and are meant for people who frequently lose their pocketknife. They’re also perfect for carvers who like to reshape their knives. These knives […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
BushSmarts Carving Tools

BushSmarts Carving Tools

By Bob Duncan BushSmarts’ new carving tools for the outdoorsman include a hooked knife and custom sheath, a thumb guard, and a roll-up pouch. Each piece is sold separately. While the knife could use sharpening, I love the sheath, which is made from thick, oiled leather stitched with wire. A […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Micro Pro Champion micro motor

Micro Pro Champion micro motor

By Bob Duncan Woodcarvers Supply has redesigned their Pro Champion micro motor to give it a higher top speed and greater power (torque). The tool now features a top speed of 46,000rpm. The Micro Pro kit eliminates the foot control. I never use the foot control with a micro motor, […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
DMT Dia-Flat™ Lapping Plate

DMT Dia-Flat™ Lapping Plate

By Bob Duncan When you sharpen gouges and V-tools using oil stones or waterstones, the tools can wear a groove into the stone, which makes it difficult to sharpen flat tools. That’s why it is important to flatten, or lap, your stones regularly. To lap a stone, you need to […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Denker Carving Shave

Denker Carving Shave

Simple tool allows even beginners to remove wood fast By Bob Duncan To hollow out a bowl or remove a lot of excess wood quickly, carvers often resort to power tools or large gouges­—tools that take practice to use safely. Instead, I reach for the Denker Shave. It was invented […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Foredom K.1020  Micro Grinder

Foredom K.1020 Micro Grinder

By Bob Duncan Foredom has developed a new micro grinder that bridges the gap between large flexible-shaft tools and high-speed micromotors. The K.1020 micro grinder combines the torque and power you need to rough out a carving with the light-weight cord of a micromotor. The micro grinder hooks into the […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Carving Between the Covers Gallery

Carving Between the Covers Gallery

Italian sculptor Nino Orlandi reveals the hidden magic in carved books By Kathleen Ryan Nino Orlandi cannot say for certain if it was his love of books or his passion for woodcarving that inspired his series of wooden book sculptures. Either way, this self-taught artist combined talent and imagination to […]

by November 2, 2016 Features