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”

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”

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”

Woodcarving Suppliers

A couple of weeks ago I decided to put together a list of suppliers as a reference for anyone looking to purchase woodcarving supplies.  The following list of suppliers is a compilation of my own list plus some contributions from some of you.  These suppliers carry anything from knives and gouges to accessories and wood,Continue reading “Woodcarving Suppliers”

Carving Figure Caricatures in the Ozark Style

“CARVING FIGURE CARICATURES in the Ozark Style“ by Harold L. Enlow A Book Review “CARVING FIGURE CARICATURES in the Ozark Style” is just one of many excellent woodcarving books written by noted wood carver and instructor Harold L. Enlow.  Published by Dover Publications Inc. in 1975 this 39 page paperback book contains 22 drawings andContinue reading “Carving Figure Caricatures in the Ozark Style”

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”