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Holding Your Work

Holding Your Work

Use simple methods to secure your blank for easier and safer carving by Chris Pye   After sharpening your tools, how you hold your work has the most direct, mechanical bearing on your carving experience. Traditional European woodcarving uses both hands to guide the tools, so carvings must be securely […]

by September 22, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Gouge Sharpening Exercise

Gouge Sharpening Exercise

Use wood molding to practice sharpening techniques, before you work on your tools by Andre Breau   For beginners, sharpening a carving tool usually means one of two things: taking the tool to a professional to sharpen, or risking the expensive tool practicing their sharpening technique. The National Woodcarving School […]

by September 20, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Anatomy of Wood

Anatomy of Wood

Improve your carving efficiency with an understanding of wood grain by Everett Ellenwood   The way the wood grain lays in a piece of wood will affect every cut you make in every carving you do. The direction of the cut in a piece of wood will determine if you […]

by September 18, 2017 Get Started Carving, Materials for Beginners
Comparing Carving Gloves

Comparing Carving Gloves

An overview of commonly available protective gloves by Bob Duncan   The safest way to carve is to use a holding device and keep both hands on the tool. However, many carvers hold their work in their hands. Proper hand positioning keeps the holding hand safely out of the tool’s […]

by September 15, 2017 Get Started Carving, Tools for Beginners
Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

A carver needs more than sharp tools; a workspace, bench, and lighting are equally important by Chris Pye   Carving, just like everything else, happens in a context. In other words, there are prior and surrounding circumstances that directly affect what you are doing. Indeed, they affect what you can […]

by September 13, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Setting Up Your Painting Area

Setting Up Your Painting Area

Organize your finishing area for maximum efficiency by Vicki Rhodes This article was first published in issue 44 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Having a dedicated area set up to paint is as important as having an area set up for carving. It could be an extension of your carving area, but make […]

by September 11, 2017 Finishing for Beginners, Get Started Carving
The Basics of Sharpening

The Basics of Sharpening

Properly prepare your knife for safe and enjoyable whittling by Bob Duncan   Although it may seem contradictory, a sharp knife is a safe knife. When a knife is dull, or not shaped properly, it requires more force to push the blade through the wood. The more force required to make […]

Woods for Carving

Woods for Carving

Members of the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board choose their top carving woods   Carvers today can choose from a variety of woods, but it can be difficult to know which wood to choose for a specific project. We surveyed the members of the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board to find their […]

by September 6, 2017 Get Started Carving, Materials for Beginners
Great Gouges: the Essential Tool Kit

Great Gouges: the Essential Tool Kit

A stress-free beginner’s guide to choosing tools by Bob Duncan Beginning carvers often buy a set of carving tools and end up with an assortment of tools they will never use. Instead of paying for tools that don’t fit your needs, buy tools à la carte and create your own […]

by September 4, 2017 Get Started Carving, Tools for Beginners
The Right Wood for Walking Sticks

The Right Wood for Walking Sticks

Tips for choosing the best branch to carve into a beautiful, personal walking stick from Hand Carving Your Own Walking Stick by David Stehly   If you just need help hiking up a tough hill, pretty much any reasonably sturdy branch in woods will do the job. But if you […]

by July 27, 2017 Materials for Beginners, Techniques