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”

Traditional Santa Carving With Tom Wolfe

Traditional Santa Carving With Tom Wolfe by Tom Wolfe Text written with Douglas Congdon-Martin A Book Review                                                                     Tom Wolfe, who unfortunately passed away in September, 2020 was one of America’s most recognized and respected carvers.  A long-standing member of the Caricature Carvers of America, Tom was also a well known instructor and author (overContinue reading “Traditional Santa Carving With Tom Wolfe”

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

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

Understanding Micro-bevels

Understanding Micro-bevels By: Del Stubbs, Pinewood Forge A micro-bevel is just that, a very tiny bevel at the very edge of a knife, sometimes so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye, or up to a max of 1/32 ” wide, which can be seen. The principle reason is to provide toughness right atContinue reading Understanding Micro-bevels

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”

Painting The Americana Santa – Part 3

This week I would like to open by just saying I hope everyone had a Safe, Healthy and Happy 4th of July weekend, and that each of you also stopped for a moment to think about why we have our independence in this country and are able to celebrate such a festive holiday.  Unfortunately, myContinue reading “Painting The Americana Santa – Part 3”

Carve an Americana Santa – Part 2

Carve an Americana Santa                                               Part 2 By: Bob Kozakiewicz Step 5. Draw two lines where the sleeves meet the hands and make stop cuts along these lines.  Cut back to these stop cuts from the hands toward the sleeves.  Carve small notches in each elbow to represent creases, and round off the inside and outsideContinue reading “Carve an Americana Santa – Part 2”

Carve an Americana Santa – Part 1

Carve an Americana Santa                                                      Part 1 By: Bob Kozakiewicz Today I am beginning a three-part tutorial series on how to carve and paint my Americana Santa.  I hope you will enjoy it and find it useful.  Step 1. Start with a 1″ x 1″ x 6″ block of basswood then follow the pattern shownContinue reading “Carve an Americana Santa – Part 1”