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Pattern Style Survey

Pattern Style Survey

So we’ve been wondering… How do you like your carving patterns? Do you like a bare-bones pattern, or do you want every detail captured? Do you need or want a bandsaw outline, or do you ignore those? Please take our survey to tell us about your preferences for patterns!   […]

by October 5, 2017 News
Sawing Carving Blanks

Sawing Carving Blanks

Speed up the roughing-out process by cutting three views with your band saw by Jim Willis This article was first published in issue 52 of Woodcarving Illustrated. I draw the front, top, and side views of my design on the carving blank. This way, I make sure all of the major […]

Preparing Your Carving for Paint

Preparing Your Carving for Paint

Choose the right technique for a perfect finish by Vicki Rhodes Carving by Dennis Thornton This article was first published in issue 45 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Many carvers paint their work with acrylic paints. Acrylic paints clean up with water while wet, dry quickly, and are waterproof when fully cured. For […]

Line Carving: Three Simple Styles

Line Carving: Three Simple Styles

Master the basics of drawing with a veiner by Chris Pye This article was first published in issue 42 of Woodcarving Illustrated. A line inscribed on the surface of the wood is probably the simplest form of carving. This artistic expression traces its origins back to some of the most primitive art […]

by September 29, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Sharpening V-Tools

Sharpening V-Tools

Learn to tune this difficult-to-sharpen tool by Charles Berold This article was first published in issue 41 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Many carvers find sharpening V-tools a challenge. Most traditional methods focus on treating each side of the V as a straight chisel, but there are several steps leading up to the […]

by September 27, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

An introduction to the tools used in traditional woodcarving by Chris Pye   I carve in what might be called the traditional manner. It is sometimes referred to as European. The tools of my trade consist of variously shaped gouges, chisels, and so on. I don’t often use knives, which […]

by September 25, 2017 Get Started Carving, Tools for Beginners
Holding Your Work

Holding Your Work

Use simple methods to secure your blank for easier and safer carving by Chris Pye   After sharpening your tools, how you hold your work has the most direct, mechanical bearing on your carving experience. Traditional European woodcarving uses both hands to guide the tools, so carvings must be securely […]

by September 22, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Gouge Sharpening Exercise

Gouge Sharpening Exercise

Use wood molding to practice sharpening techniques, before you work on your tools by Andre Breau   For beginners, sharpening a carving tool usually means one of two things: taking the tool to a professional to sharpen, or risking the expensive tool practicing their sharpening technique. The National Woodcarving School […]

by September 20, 2017 Get Started Carving, Techniques for Beginners
Anatomy of Wood

Anatomy of Wood

Improve your carving efficiency with an understanding of wood grain by Everett Ellenwood   The way the wood grain lays in a piece of wood will affect every cut you make in every carving you do. The direction of the cut in a piece of wood will determine if you […]

by September 18, 2017 Get Started Carving, Materials for Beginners
Strop Talk – Issue 7

Strop Talk – Issue 7

Welcome to the seventh issue of Strop Talk! We are dedicated to bringing you new, fun, and informative content in each of our Strop Talk e-newsletters. Combined with our magazine, website, and online forum, Strop Talk is another way to help keep the creativity flowing and the carving knives sharp […]

by September 18, 2017 eNews: Strop Talk