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”

Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments

Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments By Betty Padden A Book Review You’re all probably busy right in the middle of your Christmas carving just about now so I thought this would be an appropriate time to introduce you to this great must-have book!  If you can’t get it now put it on your list toContinue reading “Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments”

Halloween and the Jack-O-Lantern

Here’s a little Halloween treat this week that I think you will enjoy, and maybe learn something along the way.  Enjoy! The Story of Halloween Most people think of Halloween as a night of dress up in ghostly or funny costumes, to have parties, or to go “trick-or-treating” and never consider why or how muchContinue reading “Halloween and the Jack-O-Lantern”

Readers’ Comments

The response to my survey last week sparked some interesting comments and questions, and  I hope I will continue to hear from more of you.  Your comments and questions are what ignite stimulating conversations on various woodcarving topics from which we can all learn.  In fact, we have such a terrific response that today’s postContinue reading “Readers’ Comments”

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”

Wood Properties of Tupelo

Wood Properties of Tupelo TUPELO, WATER Nyssa aquatica (Nyssa – a water nymph; aquatica – of the water) This species is known by many different names, some of the most prominent being BAY POPLAR, GUM, GRAY GUM, HAZEL PINE, OLIVETREE, PAW PAW GUM, SOUR GUM, SWAMP TUPELO, TUPELO, TUPELO GUM, WHITE GUM and YELLOW GUM.Continue reading “Wood Properties of Tupelo”

Stropping Your Knife

STROPPING YOUR KNIFE by Del Stubbs, Pinewood Forge During this post we continue that never ending discussion on stropping.  Today, however, we learn some significant information from Del Stubbs on how to choose a strop and compound, and the correct way to strop your knife.  In this section, Del also briefly introduces us to honesContinue reading “Stropping Your Knife”

EGG HEADS & other “Eggcellent” Things

EGG HEADS & Other “Excellent Things by Tom Wolfe A Book Review If you like carving eggs you’ll be ‘eggstatic’ over the  book, EGG HEADS & Other “Eggcellent” Things written by the renowned author, wood carver and instructor, Tom Wolfe.   In this book, published in 2008 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Tom uses basswood and butternutContinue reading “EGG HEADS & other “Eggcellent” Things”