Motivated to Create: The Importance of Painting

With distinctive down-home features, peculiarities of figure, and deliberately exaggerated faces, carvings by Phil and Vicki Bishop are designed to evoke smiles and keep us from taking life too seriously. In the Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2012 (Issue 58), the pair share their story and inspirations. Although Phil and Vicki, a […]

by January 18, 2012 Techniques

Making Custom Colors

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, you can create the exact color you want. In the Spring 2011 issue of Woodcarving […]

by January 17, 2012 Techniques

Selling Handmade Work with Etsy

A successful and economical way for artists to get exposure for their work is through community-based websites, such as Etsy. In contrast to the regional limitations and high entry costs of craft shows, community-based websites have broad reach and fees are typically set up on a commission basis. In 2005, […]

by November 17, 2011 Techniques

Maximize sales on Etsy with Good Photography

Successful Etsy shop owners cite good photography as the number one way to increase online sales. Join Woodcarving Illustrated studio photographer Scott Kriner in a series of free videos as he explains how to take professional-grade photographs of your work using a point-and-click camera in your home. The series of […]

by November 17, 2011 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

Sharpening a Gouge

It is possible to sharpen gouges with a flat stone, but I prefer to use a conical slip stone or gouge stone. Regardless of the stone you use, the goal is the same: to produce a wire edge on the inside of the bevel. The bevel is the part of […]

by November 15, 2010 Techniques

Sawing Carving Blanks

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 carvers only cut the front and side profile on a band saw. By cutting the top […]

by October 6, 2010 Techniques

Antique-Style Decoy Carving

Creating modern decoys with vintage appeal. 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 were quickly replaced […]

by February 21, 2010 Techniques

Tool Holder

Keep your tools sharp and secure for less than five dollars 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. After using these […]

by February 14, 2010 Techniques
Relief Carve the Captain

Relief Carve the Captain

Too many beginning woodcarvers attempt to carve a relief work from a sketch or pattern without understanding the details involved. For the fisherman project, I use with many of my students, there are features that everyone is familiar with: facial anatomy complete with age lines, wrinkles, and beard, vinyl rain […]

by February 14, 2010 Techniques