Carving Hair

The following techniques will add life to your carvings.  This discussion pertains to carving long flowing hair that might be found on a mountain man, or on a woman, but it will work equally well on short hair and/or beards and mustaches, such as on Santas and wood spirits.  A V-tool is often the toolContinue reading “Carving Hair”

How to Make Dirt

Many times when you make a carving (particularly a small one) you want to put it into a diorama, or little scene with added accessories such as docks, fences, and other little carvings to go with it.  If your scene is going to be set on the ground you will probably want to use someContinue reading “How to Make Dirt”

State Trees

State Trees Research shows that tree species now growing in North America existed long before the country was inhabited by man: maples as long ago as sixty million years; and poplars, oaks, pines, elms and possibly other trees grew here during the Ice Age.  Greenland is named because of its trees, to differentiate from Iceland,Continue reading “State Trees”

Cleaning Paint Brushes

Six Ways to Clean Your Paint Brushes I tend to use somewhat more expensive paint brushes when I paint my carvings.  I just like the way they work.  But whatever kind of brushes you use, if you’re like me you go through paint brushes as fast as the water you wash them in.  Here areContinue reading “Cleaning Paint Brushes”

“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””

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”

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”

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”

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”