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2008 Santa Carving Contest – Honorable Mentions

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Honorable Mentions

With more than 100 carvings entered in this year’s Santa Carving Contest, judging was a difficult task indeed. It’s interesting to see how carvers took inspiration from last year’s entries. We definitely saw improvement in the pieces from carvers who participate every year. The following are this year’s honorable mentions: […]

2008 Santa Carving Contest – People’s Choice Award

2008 Santa Carving Contest – People’s Choice Award

David Boone’s elaborate scene captures Santa sharing the joy of Christmas with God’s creatures. David’s carving received the most votes in Woodcarving Illustrated’s online People’s Choice Award. Nearly 3,800 votes were submitted over a two-week period. The piece measures 18″ tall by 19″ wide by 12″ deep. David carved the […]

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

Judges Notes: Hyung Jun Yong’s Santa wowed the judges with its wonderful facial expression. The carving is highlighted with clean deliberate cuts. The overall design is novel, but believable. Hyung Jun’s easy style is reminiscent of early Emil Janel flat-plane carvings. The ability to capture the essence of Santa with […]

Lee Valley Painters’ Pyramids

Lee Valley’s new painters’ pyramids help elevate pieces for easy and fast finishing. The individual pyramids allow you to use as many–or as few–as you need. The pyramid shape gives you a solid base and the rounded point protects the wood and the finish. The painters’ pyramids cost $5.95 for […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

PL FIX 2-Part Wood Repair Kit

Henkel Consumer Adhesives Inc. has created a new polyurethane-based wood repair and filler. The resin and hardener are mixed together to create a light tan epoxy. The wood filler is thin enough to fit into small gaps and cracks, but thick enough that you can mold it. Unlike some other […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Flexcut SK120 Scraper Set

Specifically designed for carvers, these tools make it easy to smooth rough surfaces Flexcut has designed a new set of scrapers especially for carvers. Scrapers are a popular finishing tool for woodworkers. The adaptations on these tools allow carvers to enjoy the same benefits. The tools fit into Flexcut’s popular […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Guinevere Sanding System

The Guinevere Sanding System by King Arthur Tools claims to be the smallest inflatable sanding drum. What the tool lacks in size it more than makes up for in power. Many carvers use sanding drums to shape and sand their work. Because you control the inflation of the drums, you […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Garrett Wade Patternmaker’s Vise

Premium tool retailer Garrett Wade has redesigned the classic patternmaker’s vise for today’s carvers. The heavy vise, weighing 32 pounds, can be mounted on any work surface up to 6″ thick. The primary advantage of the vise is that it can securely clamp irregularly shaped items. The vise rotates 360°, […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Veritas Cane and Staff Tip

Lee Valley and Veritas have teamed up to create a cane and staff tip set that allows you to switch between a heavy-duty rubber tip and a sharp metal tip. The set includes a tapered brass end cap designed to fit 1″-diameter or larger shafts. Shape your staff or cane […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Koch Sharpening System

Take your sharpening to the next level with the new extra-fine grit compound and the Koch Sharpening System. Two features make the Koch system different from other systems: The natural fiber wheels and the thermo-reactive sharpening compound. In the past, only the green fine-grit compound was available. I use this […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews