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The Annual 2021 Holiday Gift Guide - Best Gift Ideas For Woodcarvers

Gift shopping for the woodworker in your family? We took the time to come up with some thoughtful, unique wood carving gift ideas for any budget. Here are our 2021 favorites. And, a little bonus surprise. If you use code GIFT2021 at checkout, you'll get 15% off all Schaaf Tools products (not just the ones on this list). Happy Holidays! “The Stocking Stuffers” - Wood Carving Gifts Under $30 Relief Carving Lessons from Madcarver - $9.99 and up Learn relief carving from one of the best relief carvers we know - Randy "Madcarver" Stoner. Randy makes some amazing art (his artwork also would make an amazing gift, but doesn't fit in the stocking stuffer category. You can check that out...

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Best Gifts for Woodworkers

You still have a couple weeks to finish your holiday shopping before its officially "last minute". Don't panic yet! We have some great gifts for the woodworker in your family. Whether you're buying a present for an experienced carver or for a beginner, this list has something the creatively inclined will be sure to love.  The awesome thing about these holiday gift ideas is that each one of them will last a lifetime if taken care of. Enjoy, and happy holiday shopping!   12-Piece Foundation Wood Carving Tools Set - $112.95 Give the gift of a new hobby (or make someone who already loves woodworking really, really happy). This set has the 12 essential tools a carver needs to start any carving project, from an...

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How to Create Depth and Perspective in Your Relief Carvings | Beginner Wood Carving Projects

How do you create a 3D object from a 2D drawing? Perspective in relief carving is the technique of creating the illusion of depth. In this video Randy 'Madcarver' Stoner explains the basics of how perspective works in relief carving by looking at a few of his past beginner carving projects. Next, learn some tips on where to find inspiration for your next project design, and what to look for in a beginner project. Video Notes:Timestamp [0:52]Rose Carving - Straight On View- Look at the points that create depth in your design (shadow, or something behind something else, for instance)- Create depth and force perspective by cutting away more material and pushing certain petals behind others Timestamp [2:24]City Street Carving-...

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What Safety Gloves Are Best For Wood Carving?

"Always have Band-Aids handy" was one piece of advice a woodcarver told me. Woodcarving can be a rewarding, relaxing, even therapeutic hobby. But that doesn't mean there won't be an occasional slip-up, and when you're working with sharp carving knives or gouges, the results are bloody.  Regardless of whether you are a beginner wood carver or a seasoned veteran, mistakes - and the cuts that come with them - happen.  Some woodcarvers wear protective gloves, but many don't. Why? Because while they improve safety, they limit dexterity. A lot of the cut resistant gloves available are stiff. They make carving or whittling difficult.  We set out to find a pair of safety gloves that solved that problem. And I think...

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What Type of Woodcarving is Right for Me?

You've decided you want to try your hand at woodcarving. Maybe its the idea of creating something awesome out of a simple block of wood, or the appeal of making handmade gifts for your friends and family. Or you could just have some free time and a few tools laying around, and you'd like to try something new.  Whatever the reason, the first step for a beginner woodcarver is to figure out exactly what type of woodcarving they want to do. In this article, we'll cover a few types of hand carving: What we like about each type of carving  The Pros and Cons of each type of carving After reading this, hopefully you'll be able to make a more informed...

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