Inside Issue #33
Greetings! We have many reasons to celebrate at Carving Magazine—our eighth anniversary issue, a new year, and a new look!
As you can see, we went through a design change at Carving Magazine. Our graphic designer, Julie, did an excellent job giving our magazine a fresh, new look. We hope you like it!
We are really pleased to have some top-notch contributors for this issue. We have great projects from CCA member Don Mertz (who is new to our magazine) and many of your old-time favorites—Ivan Whillock, Gen Jansen, Tony Erickson, Dale Green, Dave Rausch, Gary MacKay, and Mark Akers. Susan Alexander is back with another "Let’s Talk Carving" column. Focusing on beginner and intermediate carving issues, Susan has really connected with a lot of readers.
Georg Noah has also returned to show you how to build your own honing machine—something every carver can really use. It is also great to see that Ol’ Don Burgdorf is back with another popular mini-seminar, "The Challenge of Carving Eyeglasses." Jay Cull shows us an ingenious way to carve outdoor birds using cork.
In this issue we profile a few of our talented readers. Turn to page 56 to see Hilde Greer's large relief carving, Mike Galli's miniature antler carvings, and Kevin Steacy's very first carving ever—an 8' log carving.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Dutch elm disease spread throughout the Midwest, destroying many trees. If you ever visit the Minnesota State Fair, you will see beautiful chainsaw carvings lining the streets on the fairgrounds. At one time, many of these "one-of-a-kind sculptures" were victims of this disease. Read how the fair board and the carving community came together with a creative solution to this devastating problem.
This issue of Carving Magazine should offer something for everyone, and if you have a story idea for us, be sure to drop us a note.
Till next time…Happy Carving!—Chris