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”

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”

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”

Fitting a Baseball Hat on a Head

Fitting a Baseball Hat on a Head The picture tutorial shown below demonstrates how a baseball hat can be fitted onto a head to give the natural look that the head is actually inside the hat rather that the hat sitting on top of the head.  This method is the one used by Lynn DoughtyContinue reading “Fitting a Baseball Hat on a Head”

Question & Comments

We received several fascinating questions and comments this week which I believe everyone will benefit from so today’s blog is dedicated to discussions surrounding those thoughts. QUESTIONS & COMMENTS Our first comment comes from Mike Rowe from the UK regarding the last blog where I talked about Comfort Birds.  Mike says: “you can never haveContinue reading “Question & Comments”

Wood Properties of Basswood

While doing some research I discovered an exceptional resource which provides information on everything you ever wanted to know about 80 different species of woods.  The information covers everything from things like carvability and density to stainablity and the size of the knots. I was so impressed by the mass of information available on theseContinue reading “Wood Properties of Basswood”

Woodcarving Suppliers

A couple of weeks ago I decided to put together a list of suppliers as a reference for anyone looking to purchase woodcarving supplies.  The following list of suppliers is a compilation of my own list plus some contributions from some of you.  These suppliers carry anything from knives and gouges to accessories and wood,Continue reading “Woodcarving Suppliers”