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”

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”

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”

How Do I Know If My Knife Is Sharp?

Today’s question comes from Bill.  Bill 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 bass wood from the same place thatContinue reading “How Do I Know If My Knife Is Sharp?”