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Hand Forged or Ground from Flat Stock? Which is a better knife?

The following article about carving knives is from the pages of, where you can find more interesting information regarding carving knifes and carving in general.

Woodcarvers are on a constant search for the perfect carving knife. In that search, they sometimes ask me which is better, a forged knife or a ground stock removal knife?

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Are you intrested in Chip Carving?

Chip Carving

Chip carving is a simple process but gives a complex yet elegant look to your project. I have always been intrigued how chip carvers maintain that constant uniformity in their designs. In searching the internet I ran across the website my chip carving where I discovered a down to earth teaching video on how to hold the chip carving knifes and more.
So if you are intrested in learning how to chip carving I recommend going to

Christmas Tree Topper Carving

Carving - Christmas Tree Angel
Christmas Tree Topper Carving

Christmas Tree Topper

Carved for Indiana grown basswood, this tree topper took two weeks to carve and two days to paint.
This project was carved from 2″ stock and measures 12″ in height. The stand is fashioned from #10 copper ground wire.
This project came from WoodCarving Illustrated.

Loading the strop

Using a strop is the key to keeping your carving tools razor sharp

When woodcarving keeping your tools sharp will produce clean cuts and makes the carving experience more enjoyable. The key in keeping your tools polished and razor sharp is the strop. A “Strop” is a piece of leather that is glued to a flat board. Polishing compound is often applied to the leather, this action is referred as “Loading” the strop.
Since my early days of carving I have always been told Continue reading Loading the strop

Carving wood – Basswood

Basswood Snowment
Basswood Snowment

The Jayland carving club meets every Wednesday eventing at the Jay Community Center in Portland Indiana. Sometimes in our club meetings we working on a common project, and I have the opportunity to instruct the club on carving these snowmen that are pictured. This project will start mid November of 2009 if you are interested.
In preparing for the class I needed to find 2″x2″x4.5″ Basswood for each club member. I turned to Heinecke Wood Products which is located Continue reading Carving wood – Basswood

Finding carving wood

I have many folks as where do I come up with my carving wood supply.
The answer is everywhere!
I look for trees that need to be trimmed in my neighborhood. I have located three Butternut trees that I keep a very close eye on.  If I hear a chainsaw running you bet I’ll be the good neighbor and offered my assistance to carry away those heavy logs.
Since I live in Indiana, Basswood trees grow everywhere. If you have a nature trail in your area take a walk, often you can find fallen limbs that can be saved from rotting away. Yes, I know that the basswood that grows in Indiana is just not the same quality that grows in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but free is free.  When I want a really nice piece of straight grained basswood, I turn to a supplier from one of those states. I recommend Heinecke Wood Products because they offer a quality products and an inexpensive price. Don’t just take my word for it, check out their website at

Take a walk and check out the trees around you. You may just find enough carving wood to keep you very busy.
Happy carving,