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Artistry in Wood 2017 video collage of the entire show featuring artisans from across the world in the largest carving show in the nation. This show also judges the projects from the artisans in a friendly competition of talent. This show is for all ages, and even has a project area for kids!

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If you are looking for some good, clean fun, soap carving may become your next obsession. Carving instructor and author Janet Bolyard uses inexpensive soap and some handmade tools to teach basic carving skills in a less intimidating way than traditional methods. With a new book out in September – “Complete Guide to Soap Carving” – Janet has made it her mission to encourage soap carving and inspire creativity in young and old alike.

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An exhibition showcasing the creativity of 41 artists and artisans who work with wood found in the Appalachian Region opened at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. The show will continue through September 3, 2018.

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Billy Rhinehart of Athens, Ohio, has been making guitars for more than 30 years. But they’re not just any guitars; they are unique creations that defy traditional instrument making, each with its own theme and colorful finish. His first — the fish guitar — started it all. 

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A new Bevel Edge Socket Chisel series is now part of the WoodRiver line of hand tools from Woodcraft. 

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Carve a set of wee folk just in time for Christmas! 

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As you view this exquisite piece, it is hard to imagine that it sprang from one piece of pear wood. But using the influence of the grape vines so prevalent in Armenia, Nairi Safaryan crafts the block into a near perfect representation of grape vines. Natures adornment of vines and leaves curve to the contours of this box as created by the master carver and artist Nairi Safaryan. 

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Themakers

“The Makers” is a video series by LandonJAMES Video and Photography. The videos are intended to celebrate the people who hold true to the traditional means of handmade. People who choose to keep their crafts alive, untouched by modern methods and high production.

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When we last left our non-detailed, unpolished, lifeless Catalpa Green Man, he was still screwed into a jig fixture waiting to be saved!  To the rescue is Micheal Zelonis, our carving crusader ready with pfeil carving tools in hand.  Anyone hear a Batman theme coming on here!!

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This past 2nd weekend of November was the annual Artistry in Wood Show in Dayton, Ohio. Celebrating their 30th year with 225 artisans from over 25 states, this show included carvers, turners, and furnituremakers, all there to show, teach, and sell their woodcrafts. 

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