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 a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 2

A Nose Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 2 Last week I posted Part 1 of a photo nose 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 noses.  BecauseContinue reading “Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 2”

Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 1

A Nose Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 1 This week I am introducing Part 1 of a photo nose 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 noses. Continue reading “Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 1”

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”

Cleaning Paint Brushes

Six Ways to Clean Your Paint Brushes I tend to use somewhat more expensive paint brushes when I paint my carvings.  I just like the way they work.  But whatever kind of brushes you use, if you’re like me you go through paint brushes as fast as the water you wash them in.  Here areContinue reading “Cleaning Paint Brushes”

Fitting a Baseball Hat on a Head

Fitting a Baseball Hat on a Head I posted this tutorial in a previous blog on Sept. 4, 2021 but it’s a topic that many carvers struggle with.  So at the recent request of one of my readers I am revisiting the topic again this week. The picture tutorial shown below demonstrates one method ofContinue reading “Fitting a Baseball Hat on a Head”

“2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events”

With the new year comes a new schedule of woodcarving shows and events.  Here are the shows currently scheduled for 2022: “2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events” February 2-5 – Ashland, Nebraska. Nebraska Carving Retreat  at Mahoney State Park. Three or four-day classes. Email Roger Nadrchal at Wood_chips@yahoo.com. Visit website: http://www.nebraskacarvingret reat.com. February 5 – Sebring,Continue reading ““2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events””

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)”