Articles by: Kathleen-Ryan

Stunning Soap Carvings

Flip through a gallery of intricate pieces carved from soap In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2014 (Issue 66), Kathleen Ryan introduced a number of artists who work in the delicate but beautiful world of soap carving. Scroll down for a gallery of soap carving photos that we couldn’t fit in the […]

by May 22, 2014 Features

Delectable Carvings

Practice your carving techniques in a new and delicious way. If you are looking for new ways to use your woodcarving skills, you might want to step out of the woodshop and into the kitchen. According to world-class food sculptor Jimmy Zhang, you can apply the carving skills you use […]

by July 26, 2013 Features

No Vision Required: Dale Leavens’ Satisfying Challenges

Blind woodworker uses a variety or resources to improve his work. “When you’re blind, your environment suddenly shrinks to about as far as you can reach,” said Ontario, Canada, resident Dale Leavens. Dale was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that caused him to lose his vision when he was […]

by February 8, 2013 Features

No Vision Required: Max Robinson’s Silver Linings

Nearly blind woodworker practices his cuts to ensure he works safely. Max Robinson was born with cataracts before an effective method of removing them was developed. Attempts to correct the situation left him with very poor vision in one eye and totally blind in the other. “I tend to work […]

by February 7, 2013 Features

Custom Carved Guitars

When Doug Rowell isn’t strumming a guitar, he’s whittling one. In Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2012 (Issue 59) Doug showed some of the more than 100 solid-body, customized electric guitars that he has carved for popular collectors and musicians, including Russ Giguerre of The Association, Mike Botts and James Griffin of […]

by April 12, 2012 Features
Motivated to Create: The Importance of Painting

Motivated to Create: The Importance of Painting

A self-help seminar inspired Phil and Vicki Bishop to quit their jobs and carve full time By Kathleen Ryan With distinctive down-home features, peculiarities of figure, and deliberately exaggerated faces, carvings by Phil and Vicki Bishop are designed to evoke smiles and keep us from taking life too seriously. Although […]

by January 18, 2012 Features

Carvers Unite to Honor Veterans

Woodcarver Jack Nitz of Tulsa, Okla., has proven that one person really can make a difference. His inspired idea for an eagle-head cane project spawned a program that has enlisted thousands of woodcarvers nationwide to support and honor U.S. veterans who have suffered leg disabilities due to combat since September […]

by May 16, 2011 Features

Pat Scott Scores Big

In the Summer 2011 Issue of Woodcarving Illustrated, Hall-of-Fame baseball player Pat Scott shares her story and carvings. What do baseball and woodcarving have in common? The determination and tenacity of one gifted individual: Pat Scott of Walton, Ky. A powerful right-handed pitcher in the historic All-American Girls Professional Baseball […]

by April 18, 2011 Features

A Traditional Master

The Ukranian carver Vladimir Rusinov started carving at age 12. After serving in the Soviet Army, he earned a degree from Moscow Art University. Now the Russian artist, who is featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated, carves everything from wood to stone. “In the epoch of computer technologies, I modestly […]

by January 25, 2011 Features
Whittler on a Mission

Whittler on a Mission

For more than twenty years, Rick Wiebe, who lives in Westbank, British Columbia, Canada, served as a pastor. During that time, he took a special interest in helping the congregation’s youth. After retiring from the ministry, he launched a different kind of mission—teaching kids to whittle with a pocketknife. “I’ve […]

by March 2, 2010 Features