Wood Properties of Butternut

Wood Properties of Butternut BUTTERNUT Juglans cinerea (Juglans – the classical name of the walnut, meaning the nut of Jupiter; cinerea – ash-colored, pertaining to the bark) The kernel of the nut is delicious and so rich and oily that the name OIL-NUT has sometimes been given to this tree. It grows from Quebec downContinue reading “Wood Properties of Butternut”

Human Face & Body Proportions, and the Rule of Three

When carving human figures knowledge of proper body proportions is essential, even if you are just carving a human face or bust.  This also holds true when carving caricatures.  In caricature carving, face and body proportions are often exaggerated or distorted but a basic knowledge of proper measurements is still important. This week I wantContinue reading “Human Face & Body Proportions, and the Rule of Three”

Carving Western Figures

Welcome back everyone!!!  I want to start off this week by saying I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year. Getting back into the groove after our holiday break I thought I would start off with a book review on one of my favorite old Harold Enlow books. CarvingContinue reading “Carving Western Figures”

Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 2

Last week, in Part 1 of my Wood Finishing Oils Comparison I covered my three top choices…Walnut Oil, Mineral Oil and Tried & True.  This week, in Part 2, I will cover the three oils I would not use for treating basswood prior to painting…Tung Oil, Linseed Oil and Danish Oil.  I mentioned my reasonsContinue reading “Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 2”

Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 1

Last week we had an enlightening discussion on the difference in the oils used to treat basswood before painting.  I explained the difference in the properties of six oils:  Walnut Oil, Mineral Oil, Tried & True, Tung Oil, Danish Oil and Linseed Oil.  This week I want to provide more in depth information on thoseContinue reading “Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 1”

More on Carving the Human Eye

I want to start off this week by saying I hope everyone had a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving, and didn’t indulge in too much turkey, pie and football! And I want to wish all my Jewish readers a very Happy Hanukka! Getting back into the groove after our holiday break I thought we would startContinue reading “More on Carving the Human Eye”

Special Announcement

Because of the short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday there will be no Wood Chip Chatter blog post on Friday, Nov. 26.  Wood Chip Chatter will return on Friday, Dec. 3 with more handy woodcarving information to help improve your knowledge and skills in the craft we all love. At this time I wantContinue reading “Special Announcement”

Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 2

An Eye Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 2 Last week I posted Part 1 of a photo eye tutorial done by my good friend, Tony Harris from Tennessee.  Tony is an excellent carver who creates his own Santa ornaments and was gracious enough to share his expertise with us on how he carves the eyes. Continue reading “Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 2”

Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 1

An Eye Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 1 This week I am introducing Part 1 of a photo eye tutorial done by my good friend, Tony Harris from Tennessee.  Tony is an excellent carver who creates his own Santa ornaments and was gracious enough to share his expertise with us on how he carves theContinue reading “Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 1”

Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments

Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments By Betty Padden A Book Review You’re all probably busy right in the middle of your Christmas carving just about now so I thought this would be an appropriate time to introduce you to this great must-have book!  If you can’t get it now put it on your list toContinue reading “Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments”