About a month ago, Charles Neil (check out his online woodworking school), John Peckham and Jim Pell travelled down to Charleston with 4 beautifully turned bed posts in Santa Domingan Mahogany. About 2 years ago these 3 fine oyster eating fellows (plus 4 more) spent a week learning the finer points of carving in my workshop. Fitting […]
Great class at Marc Adams!
Last week I taught a 5 day Fundamentals of Woodcarving class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indianapolis, Indiana. A great group of people. Here are some of the wonderful accomplishments of the students. Congratulations everyone! Great job!
Transferring Patterns onto Light and Dark Wood
Have you ever had trouble seeing the lines of your design on the wood? Often with lighter colored wood such as basswood, pencil lines show up clearly. If you have transferred a template to your wood with carbon paper, this also shows up well on lighter colored wood. The carbon paper can be purchased at office supply […]
What is the “Clothing Iron” thing?
You know these very interesting electric gadgets that are found in most workshops called an “iron”? They have a flat surface, and are pointed at one end. They get really hot too. These unique implements have great uses in the woodworking shop: Transferring templates: Make a good photocopy of your design with a photocopier that […]
Acanthus Book – Carving a Basic Acanthus Leaf
And the book writing continues… Here is a sneak preview of the first acanthus leaf project for my book. It is going to be a very basic leaf – showing certain aspects that are seen in most acanthus leaves (eyes, pipes, flowing vein lines, overlapping leaf sections). The projects and chapters following this first leaf […]
Carving Flame Finials – Oh, my brain!
I recently had a client who asked me to help complete 3 traditional flame finials that he had started for a reproduction of a 1760’s secretary. I received one finial that was laid out and partially carved, one that was just turned, and a block of wood to be turned into the third finial. When I […]