Carving Wooden Santas Elves & Gnomes

Christmas is just about two months away so ’tis the season to be doing your Christmas carving, and probably the most popular Christmas carving subjects are Santas.  I mean who doesn’t love getting a hand carved Santa as a Christmas gift?  Well to help you along with your Christmas chores I have found a bookContinue reading “Carving Wooden Santas Elves & Gnomes”

Woodcarving Suppliers

Gladly we have had many new subscribers join our group over the past several weeks and to you I want to say thank you.  I am very grateful you have decided to join our Wood Chip Chatter family and hope you will find my blog informative and interesting. About two months ago I posted aContinue reading “Woodcarving Suppliers”

Wood Properties of Tupelo

Wood Properties of Tupelo TUPELO, WATER Nyssa aquatica (Nyssa – a water nymph; aquatica – of the water) This species is known by many different names, some of the most prominent being BAY POPLAR, GUM, GRAY GUM, HAZEL PINE, OLIVETREE, PAW PAW GUM, SOUR GUM, SWAMP TUPELO, TUPELO, TUPELO GUM, WHITE GUM and YELLOW GUM.Continue reading “Wood Properties of Tupelo”

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

“Give Credit Where Credit Is Due” It happens over and over again where a carver makes a carving from a pattern he/she got from someone else, posts it on social media and basically calls it his own.  It’s happened to me loads of times.  While I’m always flattered that someone likes my work enough toContinue reading “Give Credit Where Credit Is Due”

Carving A Head

Carving A Head By Roger Stegall Below is a short picture tutorial on how to carve a head done by my good friend Roger Stegall, which is being posted here with Roger’s gracious permission.  The tutorial does not go into much detail but the photos do give you some idea as to how Roger doesContinue reading “Carving A Head”

Stropping Your Knife

STROPPING YOUR KNIFE by Del Stubbs, Pinewood Forge During this post we continue that never ending discussion on stropping.  Today, however, we learn some significant information from Del Stubbs on how to choose a strop and compound, and the correct way to strop your knife.  In this section, Del also briefly introduces us to honesContinue reading “Stropping Your Knife”

EGG HEADS & other “Eggcellent” Things

EGG HEADS & Other “Excellent Things by Tom Wolfe A Book Review If you like carving eggs you’ll be ‘eggstatic’ over the  book, EGG HEADS & Other “Eggcellent” Things written by the renowned author, wood carver and instructor, Tom Wolfe.   In this book, published in 2008 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Tom uses basswood and butternutContinue reading “EGG HEADS & other “Eggcellent” Things”

Strops & Stropping

Strops & Stopping by Del Stubbs, Pinewood Forge Strops & Stropping A Strop for carving tools needs a very fine surface for accepting compound – yet is thin enough to not cause gross rounding of the micro bevel.  I go through lots of hides at my leather wholesaler before I choose the ones that haveContinue reading “Strops & Stropping”

Drying A Wood Product

Drying A Wood Product I received a message from Tim Sisko this week with a question and comment along with some photos of the Native American masks he carved, which has opened up an intriguing topic of discussion that I’m sure you will all want to read about.  The message reads: “Bob , I enjoyedContinue reading “Drying A Wood Product”

HOW TO PAINT PLAID

HOW TO PAINT PLAID How To Paint Plaid by Mike Pounders* I recently completed a Mark Akers rough out and several people were interested in how I painted the flannel shirt the guy was wearing.  It won’t seem so difficult once you go through the steps a time or two!  I used 4 different colorsContinue reading “HOW TO PAINT PLAID”