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”

Wood Burning A Black Background

The following is a short tutorial for all you wood burners out there, on how to burn a black background.  There’s much more to it than just rubbing your burning pen back and forth all over (as I would have thought).  Read on and learn some tips on proper wood burning technique.   Wood Burning AContinue reading “Wood Burning A Black Background”

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”

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

“Extreme Pumpkin Carving” by Vic hood & Jack A. Williams A Book Review It’s already just 2 months until Halloween and you’re all probably thinking about carving your Halloween pumpkins.  Well “Extreme Pumpkin Carving” is just the book to help you turn out one of the most outrageous big orange gourds in the neighborhood. “ExtremeContinue reading “Extreme Pumpkin Carving”

Wood Properties of White Pine

White Pine is one of the wood species requested for a Wood Properties list, so today’s blog begins with the list of the Wood Properties of White Pine. Wood Properties of White Pine                                                                                   READERS’ COMMENTS                         Dean Stewart wrote in to comment on the topic of strops from my last blog: “Bob,Thanks for theContinue reading “Wood Properties of White Pine”

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”

The Comfort Bird

The Comfort Bird I‘m sure most of you have heard of Comfort Birds and many of you have probably carved a few of them.  Comfort Birds are often given to those in need such as the ill, blind, homeless, elderly or people in disaster areas such as hurricane flood zones, as a token of supportContinue reading “The Comfort Bird”

The Scroll Saw

Today I thought we would learn a little something about Scroll Saws…not owning one it’s a topic I personally knew very little about until I did some research on them.  We have discussed scroll saws a bit here in past blogs and I’m sure there are many carvers out there who use them.  I’m hopingContinue reading “The Scroll Saw”