Basic Relief Carving

Basic Relief Carving This article describes relief carving in the medium of wood, although relief carving is also done in stone and other materials. Relief carving, when done in stone, is usually referred to as relief sculpture. Relief carving is a type of wood carving in which figures are carved in a flat panel of wood. The figures project onlyContinue reading “Basic Relief Carving”

How I Became A Wood Carver

How I Became A Wood Carver (My Woodcarving Journey) By Bob Kozakiewicz As kids we were always told never to play with knives, and if you’re like me you didn’t own your first pocket knife until you were old enough to buy one yourself. I couldn’t wait to own one!  Then the day finally came.Continue reading How I Became A Wood Carver

Carving Caricature Heads & Faces

Carving Caricature Heads & Faces by W. “Pete” LeClair A Book Review “Carving Caricature Heads & Faces” is another one of three excellent woodcarving books written by noted wood carver and instructor Pete LeClair.  Published in 1995 by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., this 64 page full-color book Shows you everything you need to know about howContinue reading “Carving Caricature Heads & Faces”

Walnut Oil vs. Boiled Linseed Oil

Walnut Oil vs. Boiled Linseed Oil Because of flammability concerns, many product containers list safety precautions for storage and disposal for varnishes and drying oils as they are flammable, and materials used to apply the varnishes may spontaneously combust. Many varnishes contain plant-derived oils (e.g. linseed oil), synthetic oils (e.g. polyurethanes) or resins as their binder in combination withContinue reading “Walnut Oil vs. Boiled Linseed Oil”

Wood Properties of Sassafras

Wood Properties of Sassafras SASSAFRAS, also called Ague Tree, (species Sassafras albidum), North American tree of the laurel family (Lauraceae), the aromatic leaf, bark, and root of which are used as a flavoring, as a traditional home medicine, and as a tea.  The roots yield about 2 percent oil of sassafras, once the characteristic ingredient of root beer. The tree is native to sandy soils fromContinue reading “Wood Properties of Sassafras”

Carving Hair

The following techniques will add life to your carvings.  This discussion pertains to carving long flowing hair that might be found on a mountain man, or on a woman, but it will work equally well on short hair and/or beards and mustaches, such as on Santas and wood spirits.  A V-tool is often the toolContinue reading “Carving Hair”

State Trees

State Trees Research shows that tree species now growing in North America existed long before the country was inhabited by man: maples as long ago as sixty million years; and poplars, oaks, pines, elms and possibly other trees grew here during the Ice Age.  Greenland is named because of its trees, to differentiate from Iceland,Continue reading “State Trees”

The Story of Jilly Gnomette (Part 2)

In honor of National Holocaust Remembrance Day last Friday I began to tell a two part story about a brave little girl Gnome (Gnomette), named Jilly who lived during the dark times of the Holocaust.  Today, Part 2 concludes the story. The Story of Jilly Gnomette {Part 2) The village was in an uproar and people wereContinue reading “The Story of Jilly Gnomette (Part 2)”

The Story of Jilly Gnomette

Lots of us like to carve Gnomes.  They’re cute little woodland characters that are fun to carve and can be changed up in dozens of different ways.  I’ve carved loads of them…little man Gnomes and even little woman Gnomes (Gnomettes).  Well, in honor of National Holocaust Remembrance Day I thought I would tell a twoContinue reading “The Story of Jilly Gnomette”

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”