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”

Wood Finishes & Their Solvents

Wood Finishes & Their Solvents The following is a Glossary of terms of wood finishes, solvents and the components that go into their chemical makeup.  Although this is a bit of a chemistry lesson (I’m a retired chemist), I put this list together to give you an idea of the kinds of substances you areContinue reading “Wood Finishes & Their Solvents”

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”

How to Make Dirt

Many times when you make a carving (particularly a small one) you want to put it into a diorama, or little scene with added accessories such as docks, fences, and other little carvings to go with it.  If your scene is going to be set on the ground you will probably want to use someContinue reading “How to Make Dirt”

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”