Crossing that invisible line from using traditional handtools to using powertools was a hard stepp for me. Growing up, my grandfather, my dad and uncels would get strikt if they ever saw sandpaper on the workbench vile carving. Bottom stamping or patterning ,and the use of sandpaper on carvings was considered something used by amatuers or someone trying to hide their errors, In the old woodcarving School we where not alowed to have sandpaper on the workbench at all, we got told to remove i...
Here is the process I used to attach the carved turkey foot to a bark-on shaft. I am not sure what type of wood the shaft is, but I selected it for the interesting bark it has. I have used this type before and the bark stays attached and has interesting colors and textures. The trick is to make a nice transition between it and the carving, trying to make it flow, nut just a carving stuck on top of a stick. I used wooden dowels and Titebond glue to join the carving to the stick. After the glue...
When I started out working with wood, it was a chore to find any information. I went to used book stores and bought anything that might help and asked any woodworkers I knew. Then Fine Woodworking came along and now the internet. Lumberjocks is the best help I’ve found. There are always several guys who have gone through the same problem.Now, I’m working on 15 chairs. There have been three difficult parts. The curved back, the back legs, and the chair bottom. I’m curre...
I’m working on a cane for my son-in-law’s father. He’s a fanatical turkey hunter and this is a surprise for his birthday in March. John provided a turkey foot as a model for me and I took pictures and enlarged them to get the foot to a size that would be usable as a cane handle. I also modified one of the claws to prevent having a piece sticking out that might get broken. I have a glue joint fight below that toe, so I have the grain of the wood running properly for strength....
This silly story started Sunday evening when I was all jazzed up after watching my Broncos clinch their ticket to the Super Bowl! I decided I wanted to make a video for my YouTube channel that was Bronco related as a way of showing a little team spirit. So Monday morning I found a beetle kill pine log in our shop and decided I’d take a shot at chainsaw carving – something I’ve never done before but have wanted to try for a long time now. Using my 445 Husqvarna with a standar...
Looking at the spring graduation of my niece, and just for fun, I decided to make a video of the carving process to the beat of a techno tune and still tell the story. To see which female scientist I choose or how I made the carving, please view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk4OmUNecR8b Just do not tell my niece.
Soooo, it’s been a while. There’s been a lot going on and I haven’t found a lot of time for woodworking. I’ve worked on a few small things here and there, but nothing major. I’ve recently gotten back into woodcarving and have been enjoying dreaming up projects and learning new techniques. I got out to the shop one day a couple months back and decided I wanted to shorten my bench and put the vise closer to the end. At first I tried to do it with a skill saw...
What book is that? Oh, it is the rereleased printing of Wille Sundqvist’s “Swedish Carving Techniques” For a few years now this fine book has become a sort of cult classic and being that this book was out of print the powers that be that did have it for sale were sure to put a hefty price tag on it. I have seen copies in various condition ranging anywhere from $150-$500…..yeah…..It pays to wait. Finally about 8 months or so back this book by popular demand ...
Some missing parts finished Bonding layer boards again together Filling spaces in frame corners I finally found similar frame, so I made a possible design of missing parts. Original photo for comparsion.
A Rustic New England End Table Explained By Derek Skapars Expert Author Derek Skapars No matter where you live, or what you do for a living, each and every one of our lives includes furniture. We sit behind a desk, eat dinner at the kitchen table, and empty the contents of our pockets in the night stand draw at the end of the day before we climb into bed. There are numerous variations and many different styles of furniture. My focus is rustic furniture and through examining t...
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