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Carving Bench for a Small Space

Carving Bench for a Small Space

In 2003 I established my design company in a small (9' x 12') bedroom in our house. In 2009 I retired, but the bedroom still contained a desk, a plotter, a two-drawer horizontal file, three small vertical files, a multishelf table, my main computer desk, a large drafting table, and three computers. So what does this have to do with a carving bench? When I first started carving again, I would pull out the drafting table and start making chips—literally. What a mess to clean up. I thought that there had to be a better way to carve in such a small space.

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Chip-Carved Domino Set

Chip-Carved Domino Set

Playing card and board games are activities that my grown children still look forward to when our family is all together. Loud and raucous laughter is heard late into the night as we play our games. In this tutorial, we’re going to explore how to combine the art of chip carving with game playing as I show you how to chip-carve a one-of-a-kind domino set.

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Carving Skeeter

Carving Skeeter

If you have ever gone fishing for a day, you have probably dealt with biting flies and mosquitoes. Skeeter is having one of those days—the fish aren’t biting but the mosquitoes sure are. Skeeter is 9-1/2" tall without the base (however, you can make him any size you like).

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King Of The Forest

King Of The Forest

Editor's note: This deer pattern would make an excellent relief carving as well.

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Carve A Gnome Village - Part 1

Carve A Gnome Village - Part 1

As some of you know, I have been known to carve a gnome home or two using cottonwood bark. (You can see some of those on my website: woodakoodashoda com.) On a hot, sunny day in the South, I decided to start a village for wayward and homeless gnomes using basswood. I developed a series of articles that are based on the projects from that village, and here is part one.

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