Techniques

All About Drawknives, Spokeshaves and Scorps

All About Drawknives, Spokeshaves and Scorps

Whether pushed or pulled, these tools rank high as wood removers 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 get the job […]

by February 7, 2010 Techniques
Woodburn Realistic Fur

Woodburn Realistic Fur

Burning adds realistic texture to this cute creature Woodburning caught my attention at the first woodcarving show I participated in, back in 1982. At this particular show there were two sections, one for the carvers of birds, and the other reserved for miscellaneous carvings. I had brought an array of […]

by February 5, 2010 Techniques
Jenga® Block Bear

Jenga® Block Bear

Simple tools and materials can produce great results What can you carve from a Jenga block? A tall skyscraper or a long park bench? A giraffe or a weiner dog? Carve your own creation from a 1/2″ x 1″ x 3″ block and send your photos to: Carver’s Challenge, Wood […]

by February 2, 2010 Techniques

Custom Honing Board

With just a few minutes of work, you can create this honing board customized to sharpen your specific gouges and V-tools. This honing board is small enough to include with your tool kit, yet large enough to allow extra space for new profiles as your tool collection grows. Materials & […]

by January 31, 2010 Techniques
Star Carving Fixture

Star Carving Fixture

Dress up your Christmas tree with handcarved stars! The stars are ideal for highlighting garlands or wreaths and make perfect stocking stuffers. I developed the holding fixture so I could mass produce the laminated stars Use the drawings as a guide. Choose a soft wood 4×4 for the base unit; […]

by January 27, 2010 Techniques

Drilling Clean Holes

Readers who prefer to store back issues in a three-ring binder may continue to do so by drilling their own holes. You can clamp the magazine tightly between two pieces of wood and drill the holes with a 1/4″- to 5/16″-diameter drill bit, but this method leaves a fuzzy hole. […]

by January 27, 2010 Techniques
Simple Carved Moldings

Simple Carved Moldings

Use basic cuts to create accents for frames and furniture By Chris Pye Most carved molding looks more difficult to carve than it really is. Decorative molding has many uses, such as around the edges of tables or picture frames. The simpler carved moldings offer a good introduction to traditional […]

by January 24, 2010 Techniques
Paint Primer

Paint Primer

Essential knowledge for a professional finish By Vicki Rhodes You’ve spent months getting each carved detail just right. Now it’s time to finish the piece and bring it to life with color. Many carvers find themselves hesitant to take the next step. To develop a suitable comfort level, you need […]

by January 24, 2010 Techniques
Carving Realistic Wrinkles and Folds

Carving Realistic Wrinkles and Folds

Create Accurate details by studying how clothing relates to anatomy By Mary-Ann Jack-Bleach and Fred Zavodil Photography by Chipping Away Inc. Whether you carve realistic figures or caricatures, it is important to understand how the underlying anatomy affects material. The clothing must convey the figure’s movement or pose. Accurate detailing […]

by January 11, 2010 Techniques