Woods of the European Union

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season, and as we look toward the new year ahead we look forward to doing a lot more carving, improving our carving techniques and maybe even getting out to one or two carving shows, or join a club and make new friends.  There is a lotContinue reading “Woods of the European Union”

Are You Wasting Money On Wood Finish?

I‘ve been working hard on my booklet project these past few weeks although I did manage to take some time off for family, the Thanksgiving holiday and to put Wood Chip Chatter together for this month.  I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and got your fill of turkey and pumpkin pie.  We hadContinue reading “Are You Wasting Money On Wood Finish?”

Add Artificial Snow to Your Carvings

Add artificial snow to your holiday carvings and make them really stand out! It’s that time of year again when wood carvers gear up to carving for Christmas, and if you’re like me your Christmas carvings include lots of snowmen and snow scenes.  These carvings often require adding snow as part of the carving/project.  OneContinue reading “Add Artificial Snow to Your Carvings”

Halloween and the Jack-O-Lantern

This week I have a Halloween treat I think you will not only enjoy, but will perhaps also learn a little something along the way.  Enjoy! The Story of Halloween Most people think of Halloween as a night of dress up in ghostly or funny costumes, to have parties, or to go “trick-or-treating” and neverContinue reading Halloween and the Jack-O-Lantern

Carve A Simple Christmas Penguin Ornament

Carve A Simple Christmas Penguin Ornament By Bob Kozakiewicz This is a 9 step tutorial on how to carve a Simple Christmas Penguin Ornament. 1. Start with a 1″ square x 5 1/4″ block of basswood and mark the blank according to the diagram. 2. Make stop cuts along both the upper and lower linesContinue reading Carve A Simple Christmas Penguin Ornament

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”