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Canes with a Theme

Canes with 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 basswood and a pattern, which is a little backwards from the way most […]

by January 14, 2010 Projects
Happy Christmas Gnome

Happy Christmas Gnome

Easy beginner character can be carved as Santa’s helper or a garden gnome By Ross Oar This happy fellow started out as a project in a beginner’s carving class. The compact figure is easy to carve, but provides essential practice in carving faces and texturing hair. Intermediate and advanced carvers […]

by January 13, 2010 Projects
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 Projects
Handcarved Magnets Pattern

Handcarved Magnets Pattern

Functional floral decorations are a lesson in traditional carving techniques By Fred Wilbur These nature-themed designs are a wonderful way to hone your skills. They make delightful gifts and add a touch of Gothic flair wherever they are displayed. Be warned–the carved magnets may attract more attention than the pictures […]

by January 13, 2010 Projects

Carving Custom Light-switch Covers

My idea for carved light-switch covers came to me one day while shopping at my local home improvement store. I realized home owners are leaning toward a more customized look for their homes. Light-switch covers are a quick and easy way to add handcarved accents to your home décor. I […]

by January 11, 2010 Features
Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity

Decoy carver Karl Schmidt is a lesson in perseverance By Dr. Lawrence Vamer Many of Karl Schmidt’s carved ducks appear as though they are alive and ready to fly away. What makes Karl’s work even more amazing is he suffers from quadriplegia as a result of a swimming pool accident. […]

by January 11, 2010 Features
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
Gargoyle Cane Pattern

Gargoyle Cane Pattern

By Shawn Cipa After researching the mysterious art form of gargoyles, I wondered how I could integrate a carved gargoyle with a subject dearer to my heart: canes and walking sticks. One thought that crossed my mind when I first studied images of classic waterspouts, or “true” gargoyles, was, “That […]

by January 7, 2010 Projects
What is Tramp Art?

What is Tramp Art?

By Jim Sebring The origin of tramp art dates back to the late–1800s. Essentially, tramp art consists of notched and layered pieces of wood. It is widely believed that tramp art evolved from folk-art chip carving traditions. The notches, which were often carved in wood scavenged from cigar boxes and […]

by January 6, 2010 Features
Sharing the Joy of Carving Wood

Sharing the Joy of Carving Wood

Build self confidence and provide a life-long hobby by teaching kids to carve By Dave Brock More than 40 years ago, my dad made a surprise stop at a local hobby shop and bought me a small carving set. Looking back, I realize woodcarving played a major role in building […]

by January 6, 2010 Features