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Carve a Christmas Nativity Scene

Friday 30 October 2009

Carve a Christmas Nativity Scene

Like many of my age and generation, the first carving I was aware of seeing as a child was a nativity scene at my Sunday school. It came out year after year and has remained in my mind ever sinc

Tagged in:  OH Boyd , Christmas , nativity , traditional , carves

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Edge Jointing on the Router Table

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Edge Jointing on the Router Table

One of the most common cabinet and furniture making operations is the joining of a number of boards to make up panels, tabletops, carcass members, etc. These days, it is a job usually done with

Tagged in:  Router , router table , Ron Fox , edge jointing

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Shaker oil finishes

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Shaker oil finishes

The Shakers were very particular about the finishes on their furniture. At first, shaker furniture was simply painted, but they soon thinned paint to make stains, which showed off the grain. Thi

Tagged in:  Finishes , Oil , Matt Long , shaker

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Perfect Hollow Form - Part 2

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Perfect Hollow Form - Part 2

Refining the inside11. To prevent possible checks, it is sometimes helpful to dampen the piece with a wet cloth or spray mist from time to time, particularly when using porous woods that tend to

Tagged in:  project , hollow form , blanks , John Jordan , green wood , boxelder , vessel

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Perfect Hollow Form - Part 1

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Perfect Hollow Form - Part 1

The first thing I do each day before I start turning is a bit of lathe maintenance. I polish up the toolrest to ensure the tools move smoothly, spray the bed and moving parts on the toolrest bas

Tagged in:  project , hollow form , blanks , John Jordan , green wood , boxelder , vessel

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How to Age a Human Face Part 2

Monday 26 October 2009

How to Age a Human Face Part 2

In the part one of this article I showed you how to show age on a carving of a human face, looking at the forehead, eyebrows and area around the eyes. In this article I will carry the technique

Tagged in:  Face , Andrew Thomas , lines , ageing

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Creating Maximum Impact

Monday 26 October 2009

Creating Maximum Impact

Many nicely designed, shapely, well-turned bowls and vessels fall short when it comes to wood selection and using the wood to its best advantage. The problem is not that the pieces are not succe

Tagged in:  project , hollow form , blanks , John Jordan , green wood , boxelder , vessel

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Your Guide to Using Hand Saws

Friday 23 October 2009

Your Guide to Using Hand Saws

Continuing our series on hand tool woodworking, John Bullar guides us through the various hand saws available to woodworkers and how to use them Photo 1 If you get your wood ready sawn to width

Tagged in:  John Bullar , hand saw

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Exhibition box Pt 3

Friday 23 October 2009

Exhibition box Pt 3

I experienced a pleasant feeling of achievement when the cramps were removed from the assembled box. Although the components had been put together previously, this was the first time that it match

Tagged in:  Robert Ingham , Box , Lid , Lattice , wooden hinges , interior fittings

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Carve this Barn Owl

Thursday 22 October 2009

Carve this Barn Owl

Just recently I had the fortune to see a barn owl returning from a hunting trip, still carrying its prey and this inspired my latest carving, my third sculpture of a barn owl. This carving is a

Tagged in:  Ian Edwards , carve , Barn owl , lime

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