On the Cover: The festive Santa on the cover is by Missouri artist James Barr. James has been carving since 1980 and specializes in large projects using just a mallet and chisels. His work is featured in numerous galleries throughout the United States, and he teaches several workshops to help students learn how to carve larger projects. Visit his website at jamesbarrwoodcarving.com for more information.
Welcome to another fine issue of Carving Magazine—brought to you by a group of contributors who love carving and enjoy sharing things that they have learned.
This magazine is truly a group effort. For each issue, we try to select articles on a variety of subjects for different skill levels so that everyone can find something he or she will enjoy. You may not be interested in every page, but sometime in the future, you may want to try something different and you’ll know exactly where to look. Our group of contributors helped to create this outstanding publication and I am thrilled to see what they come up with in each issue.
After reading Dr. Ryan Ridgway’s techniques for forging carving tools, I am now ready to melt some steel. After following Sharon Bechtold’s four-part woodburning series that included projects based on the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” I want to go out and buy a burner. The holidays mean gifts for family and friends. The projects from Steve Russell, Marty Leenhouts, Jim LeClaire, Greg Young, and Mike Bloomquist are great gifts for anyone on your list—my tools are sharpened and my blanks are cut!
I also learned many new techniques and carving hints from James Barr and Susan Alexander, and then I used my downtime to explore the profiles of Bill Dominick, Kevin Strauslin, and the National Woodcarving Museum.
The contributors did a great job this issue…I’ll be busy.
Till next time…Happy Carving—Chris
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