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2007 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

2007 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

Judges Notes: Mark Aker’s Santa succeeds at telling a story. You can almost hear the snow crunching under Santa’s boots as he hauls his freshly-cut tree in from the woods. Mark’s confidence in his skills shows in this carving; the clean, deliberate cuts make the simple lines of the overall design […]

by February 21, 2010 Best Carving Design Contest Archive
Antique-Style Decoy Carving

Antique-Style Decoy Carving

Creating modern decoys with vintage appeal By Tom Matus From humble origins with the American Indians more than 2,000 years ago, duck decoys are truly an American art form. The heyday of the wooden decoys started after the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918—but the wooden decoys […]

by February 21, 2010 Techniques

2008 Santa Carving Contest – All Entries

Congratulation Winners! 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. Get ready for next year […]

by February 21, 2010 Best Carving Design Contest Archive
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: […]

by February 21, 2010 Best Carving Design Contest Archive
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 […]

by February 21, 2010 Best Carving Design Contest Archive
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 […]

by February 21, 2010 Best Carving Design Contest Archive

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