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Carver’s Lapboard

Carver’s Lapboard

By Charles Brown With this lapboard, you can carve mess-free anywhere—You can take your carving out of the basement and carve in the comforts of your easy chair. Flip it over, and it becomes a handy portable writing table. The dimensions of the lapboard depend on a couple factors; I […]

by February 2, 2010 Shop Tips
Shop-Made Holding Devices

Shop-Made Holding Devices

Inexpensive methods for holding irregularly-shaped carvings By Roger Schroeder Carvers tend to be innovative—and with the odd shapes that carvings can take on, many commercial holding devices just won’t work. That is why carvers design, or adapt, their own holding devices. The variety of designs is endless, but most can […]

by February 1, 2010 Shop Tips
Fruit Pit Carvings

Fruit Pit Carvings

Amazing details in miniature carvings By Bob Shamey I love to carve virtually anything, but the palette for my work that I love the most is cherry pits. I love to eat cherries to get at the pit; I then continue to suck on the pits to get them completely […]

by February 1, 2010 Projects
Custom Honing Board

Custom Honing Board

This easy-to-make shop aid is a great way to keep your gouges and V-tools in tip-top shape By Lora S. Irish 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 […]

by January 31, 2010 Techniques
Rolling Caricature Animals

Rolling Caricature Animals

Easy-to-carve critters are delightfully mobile By Desiree Hajny These lovable critters are a great way to introduce others to carving. They make great conversation starters. People can’t resist picking them up once they see them rolling down the table. They’re surprisingly easy to carve and after you get a feel […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects

Hand Carved Classics

You don’t need lots of tools to carve a masterpiece; I have carved a wide variety of things with just a pocketknife—including a variety of chains!  

by January 29, 2010 Features
All About Buying Wood

All About Buying Wood

A handy reference guide and inside tips from 30 years of buying carving wood By Roger Schroeder Buying wood—be it pine, basswood, or something exotic like rosewood—can leave you scratching your head wondering about the mathematics and vocabulary. When I first started purchasing wood, I fell in love with a […]

by January 29, 2010 Shop Tips
Teapot Clock

Teapot Clock

Charming clock with chip-carved details is perfect for the kitchen by Barry McKenzie This clock combines woodworking, woodcarving, and chip carving—for me it is the best of all three worlds! The shape comes from one of the teapots in my wife’s collection. The traditional carving on this piece is mainly […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects

Carousel Carving – Preserving the Past

The rise, fall, and rebirth of carved carousel horses Most people have fond childhood memories of riding on a carousel. The bright colors and lively music make the ride difficult to resist. In this article we’ll explore the history of the carousel and take a look at several organizations who […]

by January 29, 2010 Features
Chip Carved Letters

Chip Carved Letters

Simple block style is easy to carve by Barry McKenzie To carve letters, you once had to choose between buying specialized tools or spending a lot of time practicing difficult cuts. These letters are simple to carve. They use standard chip-carving cuts, and they require only one tool. These letters […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects