Strop Talk: Issue Ten

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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 Go

Carve a quick and easy pin to take a bit of spring wherever you go

Spring Has Sprung!

From a wood spirit chair to flowers and birdhouses, there are tons of free patterns on our site to help you celebrate the season.

There’s No Place Like Gnome

Bring luck and abundance to your garden this year by carving a gnome to look over your plants.

Outdoor Finishes 

Projects need sunscreen, too! If you’re planning to display a project in the sun, protect it with a finish that will filter UV rays.

Carving an Eye with 4 Simple Cuts 

Watch Harold Enlow demonstrate the four V-tool cuts he uses to shape every eye.

Club News: Mayflower Anniversary, Carved Quilt, & More

Checking in with clubs across the country

Product Review: Flexcut Spoon Tools  

Three new tools ensure that spoon carvers both at home and on the go are fully equipped for their art


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