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Gunstock Checkering – How it’s done

Gunstock checkering is a craft that very few have truly mastered. Countless hours of labor and buckets of sweat and tears go into perfecting each and every gunstock that comes into Kurt’s Custom Carving and Checkering shop. TiborasaurusRex takes you to meet the one of the few of these fulltime craftsmen left in the world….

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Wood Carving Tools Explained (Gouges)

Explaining what a woodcarving gouge is and what it does.

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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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Wood Carving Tools & Techniques for Beginners

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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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