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
Dremel Micro

Dremel Micro

Dremel’s new Micro combines a powerful 8-volt lithium-ion battery that you can vary between 5,000 and 28,000 rpm. New with this tool is a built-in LED light at the tip to illuminate the exact area you are working on. Off the bat, I found the tool comfortable to hold and […]

by August 30, 2016 Product Reviews
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
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