How I Became A Wood Carver

How I Became A Wood Carver (My Woodcarving Journey) By Bob Kozakiewicz As kids we were always told never to play with knives, and if you’re like me you didn’t own your first pocket knife until you were old enough to buy one yourself. I couldn’t wait to own one!  Then the day finally came.Continue reading How I Became A Wood Carver

Understanding Micro-bevels

Understanding Micro-bevels By: Del Stubbs, Pinewood Forge A micro-bevel is just that, a very tiny bevel at the very edge of a knife, sometimes so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye, or up to a max of 1/32 ” wide, which can be seen. The principle reason is to provide toughness right atContinue reading Understanding Micro-bevels

Carving Caricature Heads & Faces

Carving Caricature Heads & Faces by W. “Pete” LeClair A Book Review “Carving Caricature Heads & Faces” is another one of three excellent woodcarving books written by noted wood carver and instructor Pete LeClair.  Published in 1995 by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., this 64 page full-color book Shows you everything you need to know about howContinue reading “Carving Caricature Heads & Faces”

Carve an Americana Santa – Part 1

Carve an Americana Santa                                                      Part 1 By: Bob Kozakiewicz Today I am beginning a three-part tutorial series on how to carve and paint my Americana Santa.  I hope you will enjoy it and find it useful.  Step 1. Start with a 1″ x 1″ x 6″ block of basswood then follow the pattern shownContinue reading “Carve an Americana Santa – Part 1”

Walnut Oil vs. Boiled Linseed Oil

Walnut Oil vs. Boiled Linseed Oil Because of flammability concerns, many product containers list safety precautions for storage and disposal for varnishes and drying oils as they are flammable, and materials used to apply the varnishes may spontaneously combust. Many varnishes contain plant-derived oils (e.g. linseed oil), synthetic oils (e.g. polyurethanes) or resins as their binder in combination withContinue reading “Walnut Oil vs. Boiled Linseed Oil”

Wood Finishes & Their Solvents

Wood Finishes & Their Solvents The following is a Glossary of terms of wood finishes, solvents and the components that go into their chemical makeup.  Although this is a bit of a chemistry lesson (I’m a retired chemist), I put this list together to give you an idea of the kinds of substances you areContinue reading “Wood Finishes & Their Solvents”

The Story of Jilly Gnomette (Part 2)

In honor of National Holocaust Remembrance Day last Friday I began to tell a two part story about a brave little girl Gnome (Gnomette), named Jilly who lived during the dark times of the Holocaust.  Today, Part 2 concludes the story. The Story of Jilly Gnomette {Part 2) The village was in an uproar and people wereContinue reading “The Story of Jilly Gnomette (Part 2)”

The Story of Jilly Gnomette

Lots of us like to carve Gnomes.  They’re cute little woodland characters that are fun to carve and can be changed up in dozens of different ways.  I’ve carved loads of them…little man Gnomes and even little woman Gnomes (Gnomettes).  Well, in honor of National Holocaust Remembrance Day I thought I would tell a twoContinue reading “The Story of Jilly Gnomette”

Carving Western Figures

Welcome back everyone!!!  I want to start off this week by saying I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year. Getting back into the groove after our holiday break I thought I would start off with a book review on one of my favorite old Harold Enlow books. CarvingContinue reading “Carving Western Figures”

Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 1

Last week we had an enlightening discussion on the difference in the oils used to treat basswood before painting.  I explained the difference in the properties of six oils:  Walnut Oil, Mineral Oil, Tried & True, Tung Oil, Danish Oil and Linseed Oil.  This week I want to provide more in depth information on thoseContinue reading “Wood Finishing Oil Comparison – Part 1”