Wood Hardness Ratings

The Janka hardwood rating test is a test that determines the hardness of a piece of wood (used mostly to determine the hardness of flooring planks).  Quite often the hardness of a piece of wood relates directly with its density.  Wood carvers, however, can use the Janka hardwood ratings to compare one type of carvingContinue reading “Wood Hardness Ratings”

Tutorial – How To Carve A Moravian Star Ornament

The following is a tutorial on how I carve a Moravian star ornament.  Some of you may have already seen it when it appeared on my Instagram page @carverbobk during April 9-14.  I am posting it again here on my blog for the first time.  I hope everyone enjoys it and carves along with it!Continue reading “Tutorial – How To Carve A Moravian Star Ornament”

Cleaning & Conditioning Paint Brushes

I tend to use somewhat more expensive brushes when I paint my carvings.  I just like the way they work.  But if you’re like me you go through paint brushes as fast as the water you wash them in.  Here are a few tips on washing your brushes and preserving them to get longer lifeContinue reading “Cleaning & Conditioning Paint Brushes”

Questions & Comments

Today we have some interesting questions from readers about scroll saw issues and problems finding a good upsweep blade knife.  Hopefully some of our other knowledgeable readers can provide some input. 1. Phyllis is having a problem with her scroll saw and comments: “I’m having problems with my scroll blades coming off when I startContinue reading “Questions & Comments”

Shows & Events Update

Shows & Events Schedule Update The following shows have been added to the schedule of Coming Shows & Events I posted the other day.  Please make a note of these additions. ~~2021~~ August 5-7…Norwood, MO. 14th annual carving seminar with Ron Allison, Harold Enlow, Van Kelly, and Roger Stegall. Allison Kidder (304) 532-7450, missalliek12@gmail.com AugustContinue reading “Shows & Events Update”

Questions & Comments

We have a comment from Bill on: How Do I Know If My Knife Is Sharp? Bill writes: ” ‘Thanks so much, Bob! I am most grateful for your answer! I can tell a difference already. Best of luck with your new blog.” Thank you for your kind comments, Bill.  I’m glad I could help!Continue reading “Questions & Comments”

Coming Shows And Events

~~2021~~ July 18-22…Honesdale, PA.  18th Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup at Cherry Ridge Campsite.  Admission free; cost for materials. Contact Robert Muller (570) 470-2736.  rmuller@nep.net.  Website: http://www.cherryridgecarvers.org July 18-24…Crete, NE.  Mid-America Woodcarvers’ Doane Experience 2021 at Doane University, 1014 Boswell Ave.  Registration required.  Contact Rohn Collins (402) 553-6721; rohncollins@cox.net Website: thedoaneexperience.com July 21-24…Fletcher, OH.  11th Buckeye WoodcarversContinue reading “Coming Shows And Events”

Choosing The Right Carving Knife

A proper carving knife is a key element to your enjoyment in wood carving.  The wrong choice of knife can cause you a lot of discomfort, frustration and perhaps be the reason you may even quit.  There are loads of quality wood carving knives on the market today, most of which are made by wellContinue reading “Choosing The Right Carving Knife”

How Do I Know If My Knife Is Sharp?

Today’s question comes from Bill who writes: “Thanks, Bob, for starting this blog!!! My question: When I watch videos of some of the well known carvers doing what they do the best, it often looks as though they are cutting through butter rather than wood. I buy my basswood from the same place that IContinue reading “How Do I Know If My Knife Is Sharp?”