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Get perfect edges on carving tools—fast

One of the most difficult aspects of carving is to keep and maintain a razor’s edge on your carving tools. If you like to use sharp knives, hand tools, and like a razor sharp edge, this revolutionary new sharpening system called “JoolTool” is the system for you. After 25 years […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews

Jerry-Rig Work Positioner (B-4)

Any carver working three dimensionally should have a work positioner, and this one is as good as they get. This is a substantial piece of equipment: thick metal—cast iron or chrome plated steel—precisely engineered and well finished. It can be fixed in one of three ways to your bench: by […]

by February 14, 2010 Product Reviews
Tool Holder

Tool Holder

Keep your tools sharp and secure for less than five dollars By Lynn Diel Almost every carver I meet has a way to organize tools for home use or to bring to club meetings or take on trips. Tool rolls, boxes and even fancy tool chests all come into play. […]

by February 14, 2010 Techniques
Sailor with Flag

Sailor with Flag

A clay model is a helpful tool to use when planning a carving By Ross Oar The composition for this carving was inspired by two events more than 40 years apart. The first was my service in the Navy from 1958-1960 as a torpedo man aboard the USS McCaffery. The second […]

by February 14, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Angel and Santa

Angel and Santa

Power carving offers many benefits and retains many of the same qualities as handtooled carvings By Jack Kochan Ornaments never seem to lose their popularity, especially ones carved from wood. The angel design, which I modified, originally came from an old magazine. The Santa was a piece of commercial art in […]

by February 14, 2010 Holiday Carving, Patterns, Projects

Edible Art

Gene Wilson was a college biology professor vacationing at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia when he first noticed old world-quality, wood-carved cookie molds in a bakeshop. Shortly after that, he and his wife, June, saw similar cookie molds in European museums. That piqued his interest enough to try to carve one. […]

by February 8, 2010 Features, Holiday Carving
Dogwood Floral Egg

Dogwood Floral Egg

This practice egg is an ideal first project for beginners and a beneficial exercise for experienced carvers By Jean Boyd This practice egg is the first project that I teach my beginning students. While it appears to be simple, and repetitive work is required to get the shape, you also […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Little Black Duck

Little Black Duck

Handtools bring intimacy to a full-bodied piece of folk art By Bob Buyer Many of my students enjoy the little black duck project. A full-bodied yet miniature decoy, this duck can be carved with just the essential anatomical features of eyes, bill details, and slightly raised primaries, making it a […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects
The Cat’s Meow Refrigerator Magnet

The Cat’s Meow Refrigerator Magnet

Your fridge will be the cat’s meow with this adorable fridge magnet Design by David Sabol Refrigerator magnets are popular craft items, particularly those that are carved. I enjoy felines, especially when they’re up to some mischief. Going after a goldfish fits the bill. A piece of 3/4″ (19mm)-thick white […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Bald Eagle Portrait

Bald Eagle Portrait

An artistic presentation flows easily with rotary bits and a good paint job By Wanda Marsh The American bald eagle is a joy to carve. An enduring and majestic symbol of freedom, the bird captures our attention whether we see it in flight or sculpturally presented at a carving show […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects