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”

“2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events”

With the new year comes a new schedule of woodcarving shows and events.  Here are the shows currently scheduled for 2022: “2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events” February 2-5 – Ashland, Nebraska. Nebraska Carving Retreat  at Mahoney State Park. Three or four-day classes. Email Roger Nadrchal at Wood_chips@yahoo.com. Visit website: http://www.nebraskacarvingret reat.com. February 5 – Sebring,Continue reading ““2022 Woodcarving Shows & Events””

The Story of Jilly Gnomette (Part 2)

In honor of National Holocaust Remembrance Day last Friday I began to tell a two part story about a brave little girl Gnome (Gnomette), named Jilly who lived during the dark times of the Holocaust.  Today, Part 2 concludes the story. The Story of Jilly Gnomette {Part 2) The village was in an uproar and people wereContinue reading “The Story of Jilly Gnomette (Part 2)”

The Story of Jilly Gnomette

Lots of us like to carve Gnomes.  They’re cute little woodland characters that are fun to carve and can be changed up in dozens of different ways.  I’ve carved loads of them…little man Gnomes and even little woman Gnomes (Gnomettes).  Well, in honor of National Holocaust Remembrance Day I thought I would tell a twoContinue reading “The Story of Jilly Gnomette”

Human Face & Body Proportions, and the Rule of Three

When carving human figures knowledge of proper body proportions is essential, even if you are just carving a human face or bust.  This also holds true when carving caricatures.  In caricature carving, face and body proportions are often exaggerated or distorted but a basic knowledge of proper measurements is still important. This week I wantContinue reading “Human Face & Body Proportions, and the Rule of Three”

Carving Western Figures

Welcome back everyone!!!  I want to start off this week by saying I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year. Getting back into the groove after our holiday break I thought I would start off with a book review on one of my favorite old Harold Enlow books. CarvingContinue reading “Carving Western Figures”

Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 2

Last week, in Part 1 of my Wood Finishing Oils Comparison I covered my three top choices…Walnut Oil, Mineral Oil and Tried & True.  This week, in Part 2, I will cover the three oils I would not use for treating basswood prior to painting…Tung Oil, Linseed Oil and Danish Oil.  I mentioned my reasonsContinue reading “Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 2”

Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 1

Last week we had an enlightening discussion on the difference in the oils used to treat basswood before painting.  I explained the difference in the properties of six oils:  Walnut Oil, Mineral Oil, Tried & True, Tung Oil, Danish Oil and Linseed Oil.  This week I want to provide more in depth information on thoseContinue reading “Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 1”

More on Carving the Human Eye

I want to start off this week by saying I hope everyone had a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving, and didn’t indulge in too much turkey, pie and football! And I want to wish all my Jewish readers a very Happy Hanukka! Getting back into the groove after our holiday break I thought we would startContinue reading “More on Carving the Human Eye”

Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 2

An Eye Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 2 Last week I posted Part 1 of a photo eye 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 the eyes. Continue reading “Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 2”