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 2

Carve an Americana Santa                                               Part 2 By: Bob Kozakiewicz Step 5. Draw two lines where the sleeves meet the hands and make stop cuts along these lines.  Cut back to these stop cuts from the hands toward the sleeves.  Carve small notches in each elbow to represent creases, and round off the inside and outsideContinue reading “Carve an Americana Santa – Part 2”

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”