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Top Ten Underrated Uses for Carving Tools

Tongue-in-cheek take on common carving tools and materials. #1ย  CA glue: To glue your thumb to the piece of wood you are trying to replace back to the carving. Also serves to glue cut skin back together and glue your thumb to the cut. #2ย  Bandaids: To cover the CA […]

by January 25, 2010 Shop Tips

Cleaning Your Brushes

When using your brushes, NEVER walk away and leave paint in the brush. It’s a good habit to rinse a brush before you lay it down, even if only for a moment. Brush Care Do not reuse the plastic tube used on new brushes; this may bend the bristles beyond […]

by January 24, 2010 Shop Tips
Files, Rasps & Rifflers

Files, Rasps & Rifflers

These versatile tools have a wide range of carving uses While purists will argue that files, rasps and rifflers, not to mention sandpaper, should never touch a wood carving, donโ€™t sell these tools short. Many projects need a smooth surface, not a flat-plane or faceted one. These versatile tools can […]

by January 24, 2010 Shop Tips

The Illustrated Raptor Series

Denny Rogers has produced an incredible amount of useful information with his latest series of books: The Illustrated Bald Eagle (2006), The Illustrated Owl: Screech and Snowy (2006), The Illustrated Birds Of Prey: Red-Tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, & Peregrine Falcon (2007), and The Illustrated Owl: Barn, Barred, and Great Horned […]

by January 17, 2010 Shop Tips
Choosing Power Carving Bits

Choosing Power Carving Bits

In power carving, the bur or bit is the part of the tool that does that actual wood removal. The power carving tool, such as a flexible shaft machine or micro motor, spins the bit at a high speed and the cutting surface or abrasive on the bit removes the […]

by December 22, 2009 Shop Tips