On the Cover:The carving of Abra-ham Lincoln on the cover was created by Russ Scott from Minne-apolis, Minnesota. This featured project begins on page 58. Russ is an active carving instructor and has numerous how-to books, videos, and kits available on his website: scottcarvings.com.
Welcome to this issue of Carving Magazine. I am your host, Chris Whillock, and I will be taking you on a woodcarving journey exploring a variety of subjects that will get your creative juices flowing.
A few months ago, I traveled down to Branson, Missouri, to visit John Engler and Pam Gresham at Silver Dollar City. If you ever get the chance, be sure to take this trip for yourself…you will see outstanding woodcarvings and traditional crafts, and meet some very nice people. I am thrilled to include a step-by-step relief carving project from John in this issue.
Other projects in this issue include a mechanic caricature from Dave Rushlo, a woodspirit from C. J. Whillock, a lion caricature from Joan Thiele, a three-legged stand from Oren Quist, and an Abraham Lincoln figure from Russ Scott.
We also included a variety of technique articles: learn to use a pointing system with Ivan Whillock, get your knives “scary” sharp with Marty Leenhouts, and discover the finer points of collecting carvings from Ol’ Don Burgdorf.
There are three profile articles for you to enjoy: “Woodcarving in Thailand” by Barrie Scott, “Caricature Carver Steve Brown” by Jim Anderson, and “Vesterheim’s Folk Art School” by Becky Idstrom.
We can’t forget the one and only Susan Alexander. No other column has ever generated more fan mail and comments than Susan’s Let’s Talk Carving. In every issue, she shares some wonderful hints, tips, and tricks to help you with your carving.
We are always looking for the unique, the creative, and the different. If you have a story idea, please pass it along.
You’ve spent enough time reading this editor’s column. Now turn the page and let the journey begin.
Till next time…Happy Carving—Chris
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