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Carving lingo: study-sticks, rough-outs, go-bys....

881 days ago by mpounders | 6 comments »

Good communication is important to the success of many things. But terms and acronyms used in one setting may mean something completely different elsewhere. I heard a lot of unfamiliar words when I first started carving and continue to broaden my vocabulary, thanks to friendly carvers around the world. It took me awhile to figure out that BLO referred to boiled linseed oil used by some as a finish! So I thought I would write a bit to explain a few terms used, that might be of benefit to a beg...

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"Carving a Tree Spirit" #1: Face and Nose

940 days ago by mpounders | 8 comments »

I took up carving because I was so impressed with a wood spirit I saw at a craft show, and I still work on them, even though other subjects have caught my attentions. Tree spirits and greenmen have been part of folklore and traditions through many ages and cultures. I have carved them as wall hangings, spoons, canes, and free standing pieces out of primarily found wood of different species. This tutorial will start with a small piece suitable for a cane or staff, but the techniques apply to a...

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Shop Journal #5: At the lathe

971 days ago by Brian Havens | 15 comments »

I managed to squeeze in a workshop update before the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy!

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"Carving a Santa Ornament" #1: Starting out

993 days ago by mpounders | 5 comments »

Several people made some nice comments about some ornaments I posted and there seemed to be a little interest in a mini-tutorial on how to carve them. Santas are pretty easy to carve, since everyone has some familiarity with the subject and Santa is easy to recognize with just a few key features. This style is particularly easy to make since the eyes are covered. A carver named Don Worley may have invented this style, called “no-see-ums”, but I just make them up without following ...

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130 - Halloween Router Bowl

1372 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 16 comments »

Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options When most of us think of a wooden bowl, we think of the lathe. But you can also make bowls using the router! All you need is a template for the desired shape and a pattern bit to remove the stock. And fortunately Eagle America has holiday-themed kits for making some incredibly cool bowls. These make great gifts and they are super easy to make. The video shows you not only how to make a router bowl, but also ho...

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Make a step stool with free Craigslist wood!

1613 days ago by Stevinmarin | 18 comments »

Don’t worry…I promise I won’t rap in this project! I really like to use wood that I can find for free whenever possible. Basically, I’m a cheapskate. I love to browse through the “free” section on Craigslist every morning. Often times people are giving away free wood. You gotta act quick: it usually goes fast. So this is a little stepstool I made a few months ago. It’s highly functional, sturdy, and simple to make. And free!

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Shop Skills #2: Card Scrapers the Video!

2031 days ago by Todd A. Clippinger | 54 comments »

It’s Finally Here! I have completed my first feature woodworking video. This video shows how I sharpen my card scrapers. It is a simple process and I kept the instruction simple with some close-up video action. I hope this post goes smooth, it has taken me all day to figure out how to finish up the video and 3 attempts to get it online. So this is a pretty big moment. I can work on polished video later but I have to start somewhere. I hope that this video on sharpening ca...

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Thanks for the great LJ picnic - Michigan style

1730 days ago by BillyJ | 14 comments »

Just want to say I thoroughly enjoyed the picnic today (as did Lou Ann). The food was good and the company was great. I hope to see pics taken by others that were there. It was a great day – no snow – and there was a lot of free wood and veneer brought in by Dustin and Mike for all to take. Thanks for the great time, and the trip to the sawyer netted me some nice walnut. I have an idea or two for it – hope to be able to post the results before the end of this year. Bel...

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The Michigan Lumberjock Picnic and Sawyer Adventure was a great success.

1729 days ago by jockmike2 | 20 comments »

What a wonderful time and a great bunch of people. I felt like I’d known them all my life. It was funny, my wife was telling me, on the way home, the women had been talking, that all the husbands were not the kind of men to go to gatherings like this, but we were all relaxed and acted like we had known each other our whole lives. On a personal note I want to thank Rick for prodding me into doing this and getting the ball rolling. We had a great time and the trip to the mill was an extra...

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Basic grill making

1870 days ago by mtnwild | 9 comments »

I made a few bread cooling racks and was asked how I did that. This is how. I start with two pieces of wood. One for the width and one for length. Then I cut the slots in each piece. Exactly one half the thickness of the wood. The space between the slots does not matter. I just eye ball it, because it’s too hard for me to do the math. They will fit no matter what spacing you cut the slots, believe me. Random or calculated. ..Then I cut the boards into strips exactly as...

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