Product Reviews

Sharp Tools, Great Value

Sharp Tools, Great Value

Schaaf Tools offers Swiss quality at a third of the price By Bob Duncan See the full review in the Summer 2019 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated MSRP: $89.99 factory-sharpened; $159.99 professionally sharpened; with free shipping from schaaftools.com As every carver knows, getting good tools can be a challenge. A set […]

by August 14, 2019 News, Product Reviews
We Review the New Walnut Hollow Woodburner

We Review the New Walnut Hollow Woodburner

Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner: new design is sleek and powerful, and won’t break the bank By Lora S. Irish  $99.99 at walnuthollow.com Walnut Hollow’s new Creative Woodburner is a real game-changer—it’s a professional-quality variable temperature unit offered at a hobbyist’s budget price. The kit includes a small power base with […]

by February 7, 2019 Features, News, Product Reviews
Product Review: Flexcut Spoon Tools

Product Review: Flexcut Spoon Tools

Three new tools ensure that spoon carvers both at home and on the go are fully equipped for their art By Mindy Kinsey This review was originally published in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2018 (Issue 83). Flexcut has added three spoon carving tools to its extensive range of carving equipment: two Sloyd […]

by April 11, 2018 Product Reviews, Tools for Beginners
Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Clamp any carving with this solidly built and versatile bench By Bob Duncan While many carvers work in their lap or on a tabletop, some projects call for clamping. Enter the Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform. Paired with the right accessories, its all-over pattern of dog holes lets you clamp any […]

by December 15, 2017 News, Product Reviews
ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds

ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds

By Bob Duncan   Protect your ears from loud tools while listening to your tunes with the ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds. These earbuds combine comfort with hearing protection and good sound quality. These innovative earbuds also include a noise-cancelling microphone that eliminates steady state noise, such as a […]

by June 14, 2017 Product Reviews
OrbiCut Review

OrbiCut Review

A rotary carving bit designed to be used on an ordinary drill By Bob Duncan With the OrbiCut, you don’t need a high speed rotary tool. It’s designed to be used in an electric (corded) drill. Check out the video below to see it in action. The smaller OrbiCut is […]

by June 2, 2017 Product Reviews
Choosing a Whittling Knife

Choosing a Whittling Knife

What to look for when selecting a folding knife By Bob Duncan One of the neat things about whittling is that you can do it anywhere. This means your knife should be portable, and nothing beats the convenience of safely slipping a folded knife into your pocket. Many manufacturers create folding knives […]

by May 3, 2017 Product Reviews
Woodcraft’s QuikBench

Woodcraft’s QuikBench

By Bob Duncan While some carvers have the space for a full-sized stationary bench, many work in any available space. Woodcraft’s QuikBench provides a strong, stable clamping surface that folds up to fit under a bed or alongside a freezer. The QuikBench has a 24″ by 30″ working surface and […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

By Bob Duncan Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat is one of those products that makes you ask, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before now?” This mat will protect your work surface from … well … everything. The 15″ by 30″ mat gives you plenty of space to work. The 1/8″-thick […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Arbortech TurboShaft

Arbortech TurboShaft

By Bob Duncan If you have an angle grinder, you need the new Arbortech TurboShaft. It will speed up almost any carving you do. I find the TurboShaft easier to control than the traditional router carvers usually use to remove the background for a relief carving. It will not fit […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews