Techniques

Photo Tips: Lighting

Photo Tips: Lighting

Lighting By Jon Deck Temperature This does not refer to the heat created by a bulb, but the hue or color of the light produced from a light source. The most common problem I find in a series of photos is that the color will shift dramatically from shot to […]

by July 18, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: Focusing on Image Clarity

Photo Tips: Focusing on Image Clarity

Focus By Jon Deck In this age of digital manipulation, the computer can enhance and correct images in many ways. However, there’s no software program that can sharpen an image that is out of focus. The only way to assure a crisp image is to take one. Almost every digital […]

by March 18, 2016 Techniques
Photo Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

Photo Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

(No Willpower Needed) By Jon Deck I am constantly sought out to evaluate images that are sent to us by contributors. And the first thing I look for is the resolution of the photo. Many times we receive images that are far too low in resolution to meet the quality […]

by January 15, 2016 Techniques
Sharpening With Power

Sharpening With Power

Use inexpensive power tools to get a sharp edge fast By Mac Proffitt  The goal in power sharpening is the same as hand sharpening—a sharp tool. But many people find power sharpening quicker and easier. Safety When you sharpen tools with power, you generate heat, sparks, and noise. Always wear […]

by April 10, 2012 Techniques
Making Custom Colors

Making Custom Colors

Mix your own dyes and stains By Robert Triplett and Bob Duncan It can be difficult to find the perfect dye or stain color for your project. Instead of searching the stores or settling for something other than what you envisioned, create the exact color you want. The Differences Between […]

by January 17, 2012 Techniques
Finding and Marking Centerlines

Finding and Marking Centerlines

From Doug Storment, San Antonio, Tex. Most carvers struggle to sketch an accurate centerline on an irregularly shaped band-saw cutout. I use a laser level—the type used to establish straight lines on walls. Mark the center in a few spots on the carving and aim the laser level so it […]

by April 29, 2011 Techniques
Sawing Carving Blanks

Sawing Carving Blanks

Speed up the roughing-out process by cutting three views with your band saw By Jim Willis I draw the front, top, and side views of my design on the carving blank. This way, I make sure all of the major points in each view line up with each other. Many […]

by October 6, 2010 Techniques
Antique-Style Decoy Carving

Antique-Style Decoy Carving

Creating modern decoys with vintage appeal By Tom Matus From humble origins with the American Indians more than 2,000 years ago, duck decoys are truly an American art form. The heyday of the wooden decoys started after the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918—but the wooden decoys […]

by February 21, 2010 Techniques
Tool Holder

Tool Holder

Keep your tools sharp and secure for less than five dollars By Lynn Diel Almost every carver I meet has a way to organize tools for home use or to bring to club meetings or take on trips. Tool rolls, boxes and even fancy tool chests all come into play. […]

by February 14, 2010 Techniques
All About Drawknives, Spokeshaves, and Scorps

All About Drawknives, Spokeshaves, and Scorps

Whether pushed or pulled, these tools rank high as wood removers By Roger Schroeder As a woodcarver, you know that the game plan is to remove wood. A sharp knife can’t be beat for a small project in softwoods. For large hardwood pieces, chisels, gouges, V tools and power tools […]

by February 7, 2010 Techniques