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Anne Briggs, a.k.a. Anne of All Trades, shares this video showcasing an easy, fun workshop project for kids–carving a whistle!

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Carvers and Halloween enthusiasts who play chess or know someone who does should enjoy creating author and caricature carver Dwayne Gosnell’s chess pieces – not your ordinary King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Pawn or Rook. In this 56-page softcover book from Fox Chapel Publishing,  you will find patterns and instructions for carving and painting this delightful set of 32 caricature chess pieces. Read more here! 

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If you have an interest in carving and are a visual learner, study sticks are sure to be right up your alley. Fox Chapel Publishing teamed up with renowned woodcarving expert Harold Enlow to release a series of study sticks and companion guides to teach the craft of carving. Each concentrates on a particular style or feature for focused learning, including the Wood Spirit, Santa, Female Face and Cowboy.

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Ellen Fure Smith of Little Bare Furniture created a beautiful plywood and purpleheart carved chair for our Late Spring 2020 Woodcraft Catalog. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos and watch her video showing how it all came together.

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“It’s like a movie in my mind”—that is how Randall Stoner aka “Madcarver” of Orange County, California, pictures the dragons, trolls, ogres and a variety of otherworldly creatures as he brings them to life in his carvings. His unique style transports the viewer into a world of mystical imagination and storytelling far beyond the physical boundaries of a block of wood. Read more in this Woodworking Adventures Blog...

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There is nothing better than a handmade gift—whether it comes from the hands of a child or a master craftsman. We asked some of your favorite makers: “What is the most meaningful gift you have ever given...and received?” Read this Woodworking Adventures blog to find out their answers. 

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Carver, painter, pyrographer, jewelry maker and author are just a few of the titles that Lora S. Irish holds. And she is extremely accomplished in all of them. She has written more than 30 books, including her latest title, Cane Topper Woodcarving, an extensive compilation of “Projects, Patterns and Essential Techniques for Custom Canes and Walking Sticks.” Learn how to carve your own expressive cane toppers from found wood in this enjoyable guide.

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A handmade chisel is more than a woodworking tool. It imbues the spirit of that Master Blacksmith and his heritage. It represents hours of the maker’s focused energy and the work of his hands. It carries on the Japanese toolmaking tradition. Those things cannot be sought through a mass-produced instrument. The discriminating craftsman should own at least one handmade Japanese chisel (or a set!) in his or her lifetime. Learn more about the makers and their chisels in this Woodworking Adventures blog. 

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Eric Gorges, host of A Craftsman's Legacy has been carving wood for a little while. He says he likes the simplicity of working with just a couple knives and a block of wood. Relief carving, however, is a different monster.

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On this edition of Woodworking Adventures, we take a look at the life and times of Raymond Kinman. From musician to Disney Imagineer artist, our interview begins with how Ray got started in carving with no woodworking knowledge and only two tools. Ray explains his teachings and discusses a very special person who carries on his legacy. We also spend some time in Ray's shop carving, talking techniques and details. Up next on.... Woodcraft’s Woodworking Adventures.

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