Techniques

Realistic Skin Tones and Practice Walking Stick Topper Patterns

Realistic Skin Tones and Practice Walking Stick Topper Patterns

Simple mixtures and techniques to create a variety of flesh colors By Lora S. Irish While there are a variety of pre-mixed paints to simulate different skin tones, I prefer to mix my own. That gives me complete control over the colors, highlights, and shadows. It also allows me to […]

by January 24, 2010 Patterns & Projects, 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
Canes with a Theme

Canes with a Theme

Hershal Borders’ complex canes start with a block of basswood and a theme By Ayleen Stellhorn “I guess I do just about everything backwards,” laughs Hershal Borders. But for this Middletown, Ohio, resident, “backwards” may well be the key to his growing notoriety as canemaker-extraordinaire.“I start with a block of […]

by January 14, 2010 Features, Techniques
Adding Subtle Color to Any Carving

Adding Subtle Color to Any Carving

Roughing and dry-brushing techniques add life to your carving without overpowering the wood By Lora S. Irish I use stain, oil paint, and acrylic paint to enhance projects without obscuring the wood grain. To demonstrate these techniques I chose this fun wood spirit, whom I call Woodie, that is carved […]

by January 13, 2010 Patterns & Projects, 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