Basic Relief Carving

Basic Relief Carving This article describes relief carving in the medium of wood, although relief carving is also done in stone and other materials. Relief carving, when done in stone, is usually referred to as relief sculpture. Relief carving is a type of wood carving in which figures are carved in a flat panel of wood. The figures project onlyContinue reading “Basic Relief Carving”

“2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events”

Remaining Woodcarving Shows & Events for 2022 The following is a list of the remaining woodcarving shows & events for 2022.  Look for one near you! September 3 – Williamsville, Illinois. Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers’ 31st show at Williamsville Village Hall, 141 W. Main St.; 10am to 4pm. Admission free. Bill Rice (217) 414-4790, williamwrice@sbcglobal.net;www.svwoodcarvers.org. SeptemberContinue reading “2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events”

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 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”

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”