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Strop Talk

Strop Talk

Welcome to Strop Talk! As you know, stropping keeps your knife sharp between cuts. This quarterly e-newsletter is our way of staying in touch with you between issues of Woodcarving Illustrated. Here we share projects, features, tips, insider scoop on books and authors, club news, and more. We hope you enjoy reading […]

by October 18, 2016 eNews: Strop Talk
Jack o’Phantom

Jack o’Phantom

By Floyd Rhadigan Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. It’s the one day a year you can be anyone or anything you want to be. We woodcarvers don’t want to be left out, so this pumpkin-headed ghost is my whimsical Halloween treat. Carving the Ghost This piece is not […]

Free Summery Patterns

Free Summery Patterns

We hope your 4th of July weekend is full of food, fireworks, and lots of time outdoors, but don’t forget to carve out some time for yourself. Check out these exclusive FREE carving patterns (designed by Lora Irish) just in time for the holiday—because holidays should always include time spent […]

by June 30, 2020 eNews: Strop Talk
Americana Whale

Americana Whale

This folk-art style carving is a craft-show favorite By Vernon DePauw Add a whimsical touch to your summer celebrations with this patriotic swimmer. I change the size and vary the pattern to make each one a little different than the last. Play around with the stars and stripes to make […]

by May 27, 2020 eNews: Strop Talk
Custom-Build a Tilting Carving Table

Custom-Build a Tilting Carving Table

Customize an old shop bench for maximum comfort and efficiency By Jim Farley  After moving my carving stand from my workbench for the umpteenth time, I realized I needed a dedicated carving table. I spend a lot of time at my bench and would rather sit and relax while carving […]

by February 28, 2020 eNews: Strop Talk
Carve a Caricature Canine

Carve a Caricature Canine

Use a premade blank and simple cuts to carve this adorable dog By Lori Dickie This little dog is carved from a basswood egg. The pre-cut and lathe-turned eggs are available in various sizes online or at wood shows. I like using these eggs for my projects because I don’t […]

by August 1, 2019 eNews: Strop Talk
Carving Folk Art Fish Keychains

Carving Folk Art Fish Keychains

This simple design is easy to carve and fun to paint! by John Reichling  I carve a variety of decorative fish-spearing decoys and end up with a lot of small cutoffs that are just too good to throw away. To save them from the burn pile, I came up with […]

by May 29, 2019 eNews: Strop Talk
Carving Miniature Welsh Lovespoons

Carving Miniature Welsh Lovespoons

Carve a Valentine’s Day Gift in a weekend By Robert W. Tinsley The Welsh lovespoon is an ancient symbol of romance and commitment. Legend states that a man carved a lovespoon to show interest in a woman. He incorporated a variety of symbols into the spoon, including a heart to […]

by February 7, 2019 eNews: Strop Talk, Spring Carving
A Christmas Story Leg Lamp

A Christmas Story Leg Lamp

This nostalgic lamp is an instant conversation starter By Mike Burton  This leg lamp is the perfect gift for the person who deserves a “Major Award!” Fashioned after the lamp that Ralphie’s dad won in the classic film, A Christmas Story, the lamp is a great exercise in portraying the […]

by November 6, 2018 eNews: Strop Talk, News
Strop Talk: Issue 11

Strop Talk: Issue 11

Free projects, an easy technique for carving mouths, and extreme power carving tools from Woodcarving Illustrated As summer rolls around, take some time to carve outside and whittle the day away. You can also save some cleanup by taking your big projects outside with these new tools to remove wood […]

by July 5, 2018 eNews: Strop Talk, News
Strop Talk: Issue Ten

Strop Talk: Issue Ten

Free projects, an easy eye technique, and new spoon tools from Woodcarving Illustrated After a tough winter, it’s finally time to relax outdoors with some fun free projects, a new tool to carve spoons on the go, finishes that will protect projects in the sun, and more!   Flowers to […]

by April 12, 2018 eNews: Strop Talk, News