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Woodcarving Illustrated

Repost: Making Custom Colors

It can be difficult to find the perfect dye or stain color for your project. Instead of searching the stores or settling for something other than what you envisioned, you can create the exact color you want. In the Spring 2011 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated, Robert Triplett and Technical Editor Bob Duncan explore the process…

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Repost: Motivated to Create: The Importance of Painting

With distinctive down-home features, peculiarities of figure, and deliberately exaggerated faces, carvings by Phil and Vicki Bishop are designed to evoke smiles and keep us from taking life too seriously. In the Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2012 (Issue 58), the pair share their story and inspirations. Although Phil and Vicki, a popular husband and wife carving…

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Repost: Extreme Pumpkin Carving

This October, showcase your carving skills with something special for Halloween. Editor’s Note: Carving pumpkins is a tradition for many people celebrating Halloween. In their new book, Extreme Pumpkin Carving, Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams show and tell how to use readily available knives as well as woodcarving tools to relief-carve frightful, fabulous pumpkins….

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Repost: Top Ten Underrated Uses for Carving Tools

Tongue-in-cheek take on common carving tools and materials. #1 CA glue: To glue your thumb to the piece of wood you are trying to replace back to the carving. Also serves to glue cut skin back together and glue your thumb to the cut. #2 Bandaids: To cover the CA glue you use to glue…

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Repost: Stropping Angle

No matter how you strop, whether by hand or with power, the surface you are working is always face down and out of sight. This makes it difficult to see if you are holding the tool at the correct angle. I use a Sharpie® marker to draw a broad mark on the side of the…

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Repost: All About Buying Wood

A handy reference guide and inside tips from 30 years of buying carving wood Buying wood—be it pine, basswood, or something exotic like rosewood—can leave you scratching your head wondering about the mathematics and vocabulary. When I first started purchasing wood, I fell in love with a piece of mahogany, ideal for an exotic fish…

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Repost: Top Tip

From Joe Savarese (Brooklyn, NY) Whenever you are working with sharp tools, it is important to be organized. I start by color coding my tool handles. For example, I paint a purple stripe on all of my #5 gouges. Then I woodburn my initials or a symbol (I use a sun) on the tool. This…

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