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Repost: Extreme Pumpkin Carving

December 5, 2015

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…

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Woodcarving: Introduction to woodcarving, “Where I Started”

December 5, 2015

This is a short video to tell where I started, some of the questions I had, and how I ended up with the tools I did. I had several issues when I started trying to get into woodcarving. I was not sure which tools to get, which manufacturer to use,…

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Gunstock Checkering – How it’s done

December 5, 2015

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…

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Wood Carving Tools Explained (Gouges)

December 5, 2015

Explaining what a woodcarving gouge is and what it does.

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Repost: Top Ten Underrated Uses for Carving Tools

December 5, 2015

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…

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Repost: Stropping Angle

December 5, 2015

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…

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Repost: All About Buying Wood

December 5, 2015

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,…

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Wood Carving Tools & Techniques for Beginners

December 5, 2015
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Repost: Top Tip

December 5, 2015

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…

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