Features

Chainsaw Carving Discs for Angle Grinders

Chainsaw Carving Discs for Angle Grinders

You may have heard these tools referred to as “the world’s smallest chainsaws.” Watch as Woodcarving Illustrated magazine’s technical editor, Bob Duncan, and his assistant, Alex Giagnocavo, demonstrate and review chainsaw carving discs for angle grinders. Bob and Alex will demonstrate proper safety equipment and techniques, show the effectiveness of the […]

by July 21, 2016 Product Reviews, Videos
A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

By Kathleen Ryan Frank Foust would like to bring peace, joy, comfort, and the strength of his faith to the whole world. He uses his woodworking skills to get the job done, one little bird at a time. Since 1982, Frank has carved more than 1,100 wooden birds. “I call […]

by May 2, 2016 Features, Patterns & Projects

Club News: International Woodcarvers Congress: “A Woodcarving Experience Like No Other”

The International Woodcarvers Congress celebrates 50 years in 2016, making it the longest running competitively judged annual woodcarving event in the United States. “It’s the premier woodcarving competition in the country,” said the show’s chairman, Larry Yudis. “When carvers enter this competition, they know they are going head-to-head with the […]

by March 23, 2016 Features
Book Corner: Author Harley Refsal

Book Corner: Author Harley Refsal

Harley Refsal started carving in 1968, inspired by the wooden folk-art figures he saw while travelling in Norway and Sweden. In researching the Scandinavian style of carving, he found references to Axel Petersson Döderhultarn, a very well-known Swedish carver who originated the rough-hewn, or “flat-plane,” style that Harley admired. Although Döderhultarn […]

by March 23, 2016 Calendar of Events, Features, Open House
Guinevere Finishing System

Guinevere Finishing System

The Guinevere Finishing System by King Arthur Tools claims to be the smallest inflatable sanding drum. What the tool lacks in size it more than makes up for in power. Any carver who sands their piece smooth, either before finishing or burning texture, needs this tool. You can even use the pneumatic […]

by March 10, 2016 Product Reviews
Middle School Carving Club Inspired by Grandmother

Middle School Carving Club Inspired by Grandmother

Long-timer carver Nancy Borson shares her passion with middle school students By Kathleen Ryan The middle school in Hermantown, Minn., provides a popular carving club for students. Now in its second semester, this successful club has generated a keen interest in carving among students, faculty and parents alike. It has […]

by January 22, 2016 Features
Critters of All Kinds

Critters of All Kinds

Use the same basic blank and pattern to create many different animals By Sandy Smith   It all started with a Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) seminar. I designed a cocker spaniel that could be carved from a small blank. It was a popular project, so I expanded my repertoire, […]

by January 20, 2016 Features
Fishing… with a Chainsaw

Fishing… with a Chainsaw

By Kathleen Ryan “I like to go fishing—not with a pole, but artistically, with a chainsaw and some wood,” said Jessie Groeschen, a California chainsaw artist and the author of The Art of Chainsaw Carving published by Fox Chapel Publishing. Over the past 20 years, Jessie has created innumerable carvings […]

by January 15, 2016 Features
Book Corner: Cover Shoot for 20-Minute Whittling Projects

Book Corner: Cover Shoot for 20-Minute Whittling Projects

By Carly Glasmyre Haas With almost every book published at Fox Chapel Publishing, the editorial and design teams get to dream up and photograph a cover. Mindy Kinsey and I had a lot of fun shooting the cover for Tom Hindes’s new book 20-Minute Whittling Projects. After brainstorming with our […]

by January 15, 2016 Features
Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

Even expert carvers find themselves in situations where it’s challenging to get a clean cut. Either there’s a bad spot in the wood or you can’t get a tool into the area. The best tool to reach for in these situations is often a rasp, but the utility of traditional […]

by November 27, 2015 Product Reviews