Wood Carving : Blog
19 October 2017
Autumn is here and there is a rush of people getting back in the workshop after summer holidays and other ventures. After the summer people want to spend time in the workshop, often trying to get things done for Christmas. Looking at the attendance of shows and club meetings, and through conversations with people, there is no doubt that for many this is one of the most productive times of year.
17 August 2017
I have just got back from holiday and had the opportunity to visit the wonderful town of Kusadasi in Turkey. This is a town that can trace its history of settlement back to 3000BCE.
28 July 2017
As I sit in the office I have seven new books on my desk regarding woodworking and five of them are about knife carving and whittling.
7 June 2017
I have often commented on people not being aware of our surroundings when they are busy dashing to and from various locations. In many towns there are examples of carvings that are all too often missed or not known about. Churches, municipal sculptural works, older timber-framed houses, even modern corporate buildings may have carved details that we miss on our travels.
6 April 2017
I have often commented about the increasing number of turnings that have carved elements on them. This trend seems to be ever increasing. I tease turners by saying that turning is only a powered form of carving anyway so you may as well add more elements to the work. Some take up the challenge but whatever people choose to do, this trend of carving on turned work is ever increasing as is evident of the work seen at a recent event in Australia called Turnfest.
20 February 2017
Whether you carve classical items from statuary to ornamentation, caricatures to animals or fish, whether you carve using hand tools, knives or power carving tools, the primary reason the majority of people carve is for fun. Yes, we may have a bias to carve any of the above or something completely d ...
3 February 2017
A while back I touched on the subject of carving and commented that there is a large growth in the popularity of power carving and also knife carving. This upward trend continues at a pace and I have loved seeing what people are making. Power carving is quick, but of course there are the issues of t ...
21 December 2016
This is the last day in the office now for a while and we are putting the finishing touches to items that need to be dealt with before Christmas, so we do not have to worry about things.I want to thank you all for your suggestions, thoughts, support, help and friendship. I very much value and treasu ...
5 December 2016
Christmas is almost here and I am feeling rather smug at the moment. That smugness is because I have officially sorted out and bought all the presents I needed to for Christmas and I need not worry about any more. The fact that my wife buys most of them so I have few to buy is neither here nor there ...
25 November 2016
The North of England Woodworking Show was a great success. There were plenty of woodcarvers who put on great displays to show what can be achieved and encourage others to give carving a try. Shows are a great way for clubs to show off what they are all about. Let’s face it, so many people do not nec ...