Wood Carving : Blog
15 May 2019
My recent comments have resulted in a lot of calls, emails and letters from readers. Thank you for that. I have enjoyed reading them all and it is wonderful hearing what people are up to and making. Do keep the correspondence coming.
21 August 2018
I have been working on some carved bowls lately, trying out some tools and I have to say: I have been having a blast. I have been using both hand and power carving techniques and loved every minute of it so far
24 May 2018
To many sharpening is a tricky subject to master, especially when starting out. Just like any technique, it requires practice to master but I also acknowledge that process of learning is coupled with a bit of frustration until one has. But let's face it: everyone strives to make the perfect cut.
27 April 2018
I was on holiday earlier this month and my wife and I had decided to visit Budapest. We had not been to Hungary before and had long discussed it so took the opportunity to do so. I can honestly say that it was an absolute wonder to visit. For those interested in history, it has that in abundance a ...
28 February 2018
There is satisfaction in a job well done. I get a sense of achievement and joy when things go well. Of course the flip side is that I get miffed when they don't. That is soon reversed back to sense of accomplishment when I solve the problem or rectify the error.
21 December 2017
I have seen more fun and humorous objects carved this year for Christmas than at any other time during my time at GMC. There is something about Christmas where people just have a bit of fun.
1 December 2017
The North of England Woodworking show has come and gone, and record numbers of attendees, over 9500, means this is the biggest woodworking show of its kind in the UK. It was great to see some great displays of work by various carving groups. The pictures shown in this blog only show a fraction of th ...
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.
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 ...