Archives for August 2014

Walking Stick and Cane Handle Joinery

Walking Stick and Cane Handle Joinery

Free e-project PDF alert!!!!!

Lora has posted a free, 16-page, PDF file
Walking Stick and Cane Joinery
our Wood Carving Walking Sticks, Introduction page.
Please drop over to this page and snatch a copy for your carving files.

 

We have added four new project pages to this free, online, wood carving walking sticks tutorial by Lora Irish, that focus on how to attach your cane topper to your walking stick.

Cane Wood Carving Project by Lora IrishHarvesting Walking Sticks – Learn how to harvest, store, and dry your tree saplings and branches for cane carving.

Common Tree Species – Take a look around your own backyard to discover which tree species you can use for walking stick and cane carving.

Adding Extras – Make your walking stick stand out by adding a small ‘What If’ bag to your staff.

newWood Carving Walking Sticks, Gluing Your Joint – A quick look at the basic steps in gluing a cane topper to your walking stick.

newWood Carving Walking Sticks, How to Join Your Cane Handle – Explore seven ways to join your cane topper to your stick

newWood Carving Walking Sticks, How to Clamp Your Cane Handle – Learn how you can use tape as a gluing clamp.

newWood Carving Walking Sticks, Working with Bamboo – Special technique for attaching your cane topper to your bamboo walking stick.

This free Irish project will be posted over the next several weeks, so please check back often to see what new techniques, patterns, and ideas Lora has posted.

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Wood Carving Walking Sticks

Wood Carving Walking Sticks

wood Carving Cane Toppers by Lora IrishWalking Sticks and canes are a favorite wood carving project for both beginning carvers to the most advanced woodworker.  This free, online project by Lora Irish will take you through the basic techniques used in choosing your wood staffs and sticks, wood carving cane toppers, cane construction, and finishing used for walking sticks.  Learn how to use wood burning in your cane carving to clean the joint lines of your carving and add fine details.  Explore the different steps you can use to add bright, bold painted coloring.

This free Irish project will be posted over the next several weeks, and will include how to carve the planes of the wood spirit face.  So please check back often to see what new techniques, patterns, and ideas Lora has posted.

Harvesting Walking Sticks – Learn how to harvest, store, and dry your tree saplings and branches for cane carving.

Common Tree Species – Take a look around your own backyard to discover which tree species you can use for walking stick and cane carving.

Adding Extras – Make your walking stick stand out by adding a small ‘What If’ bag to your staff.

Our next lessons will focus on Cane Construction Techniques!

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Free Wood Carving Santa Ornament Pattern

Free Wood Carving Santa Ornament Pattern

free wood carving santa patternI know that August has just begun and that it is still a month before the kids go back to school, but this is the perfect time to start collecting the patterns and projects that you will want to work this fall.

This “Oh So Easy Santa Ornament” is a great beginner’s project and a real quick carve for any advanced carver.  He takes only two carving knifes – a bench knife and a v-gouge.  Make a dozen or more, place them in a basket of straw with a few extra Christmas balls and have them ready and at hand to give away as instant Holiday gifts!

 

Estimated Carving Time: less than 2 hours

Estimated Painting Time: 1/2 hour

free wood carving santa patternSupplies:

bench knife or large chip carving knife
v-gouge
sharpening tools
1″ x 1″ x 4″ basswood block
320-grit sandpaper
Acrylic craft paints
titanium white
burnt sienna
cadmium orange
deep cadmium red
Acrylic or polyurethane spray sealer
20-gauge copper wire
16-gauge copper wire

free Lora Irish wood carving pattern

Please, check in often as Lora is doing her yearly pattern closet cleaning!  Lots of free wood carving and pyrography patterns are headed your way.

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