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Tools for Removing Wood Quickly

Tools for Removing Wood Quickly

We test-drive the hardiest “toys” on the market By Bob Duncan   While some carvers resort to a chainsaw to remove excess wood quickly, other options exist for carvers who are hesitant to handle one. Automach CH-80 This large reciprocating carver is not just for fans of edged tools. With […]

by July 5, 2018 News, Videos
Burning a Slot for a Knife Holder

Burning a Slot for a Knife Holder

Transform any stable-base carving into a custom knife holder By Mark Akers You could carefully carve a slot in a piece of wood, glue that piece of wood to another piece of wood, and then carve the two into a custom knife holder. But it’s a lot more fun to […]

by July 5, 2018 Videos
Whittling with Chris: Carving Curls

Whittling with Chris: Carving Curls

Practice one simple technique to make all sorts of projects   There are only two techniques you need to know to whittle almost any of Chris Lubkemann’s projects: sharpening a knife and carving curls. If you need to review your sharpening technique, watch this video. If you’ve got that down, […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Making a Letter Opener

Whittling with Chris: Making a Letter Opener

Whittle your first project! Versatile letter opener can also be a fork, jam spreader, or pickle poker   You’ve found some branches, chosen a knife, and shaped and sharpened the blade. It’s time to carve! Chris Lubkemann’s favorite first project is a versatile letter opener. You’ll learn how to shape […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Learn how to sharpen a knife for safe, easy whittling   A sharp knife is a safe knife. That might not seem logical, but it’s true. You will have much greater control over a sharp knife, and be able to push it much more gently through the wood, than you […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Learn how to shape your knife’s blade for whittling   To carve small twigs and tight spaces, Chris Lubkemann recommends reshaping the blade of your knife to give it more of a point.  In order to make the curls that decorate Chris’s roosters, flowers, trees, and other designs, you’ll also […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Learn what makes the perfect pocketknife   You can whittle with almost any knife, but some will make it more fun and comfortable than others. Get advice on picking the perfect pocketknife from the expert whittler Chris Lubkemann. He’ll tell you which blades you need (and which ones you don’t) […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Choosing Wood

Whittling with Chris: Choosing Wood

Learn which woods are best for whittling   Want to start whittling? Author and expert Chris Lubkemann makes it fun and easy. In this video, Chris will tell you which twigs, branches, and even household items are best for shaping into flowers, forks, roosters, owls, and other quick projects.   […]

Puzzle Playsets Video

Puzzle Playsets Video

Puzzle Playsets: Easy to Make, Fun to Give! Puzzle playsets are quick, easy, and fun to make. Each one is a puzzle, a toy, and a creative decoration all in one. Watch our video overview and learn how to use simple woodworking to make your own puzzle playsets. You’ll need […]

by April 4, 2017 Holiday Carving, News, Videos
Floyd Rhadigan Named WCI Woodcarver of the Year

Floyd Rhadigan Named WCI Woodcarver of the Year

Normally, folks find out they’ve been named Woodcarving Illustrated’s Woodcarver of the year when I call them up, congratulate them, and then set up a time to call them back for an extensive interview. This year was a little different. Since our 2016 Woodcarver of the Year was teaching at […]

by November 15, 2016 News, Videos