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Tips & Techniques-- Tips and techniques for carvers and whittlers.

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Visit the Woodcarvers BBS to find a carver or club near you.

pdf icon-1.gif (1136 bytes) The Portable Document Files (PDFs) in this section require a reader to access the selected file. Follow the instructions at the right to download the reader. Once loaded, click on the file name to view, to print, or to save the file.

Resources.PDF -- a list of our carving supply houses, schools, and publications.

anatomy.PDF -- a short lesson in human antamony for carvers.

Finish-Tips.PDF -- a list of tips for finishing your carving projects.

mix-color.PDF -- describes the basics of mixing colors.

Rules 4 Class.PDF -- Ready to take a carving class? If so, check these rules of classroom etiquette.

BRD-FT.PDF -- Ever wondered how to calculate board feet, or why carvers pay by volume and carpenters by length? Check out this sheet.

crv-faces.PDF -- provides a short discussion on carving the human.

Color Conversion.PDF -- a table showing how to convert arcylic and oil colors from various manufacturers.

paint-tutorial.PDF -- a short painting tutorial.

555.PDF -- five exercises to warm-up your hands before carving.

Show Tips. PDF -- provides tips for showing your carvings.

Strop Tips.PDF -- tips for stropping your tools.

Ellipse.PDF -- describes how to draw an ellipse.

Sell Carvings.PDF -- provides tips for selling woodcarvings.

Drying Wood.PDF -- provides tips for drying green wood.

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Art, FolkArt, Craft ?

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fredkey.HTM --tips and techniques for painting characters and caricatures by Fred Key.

pnt-santa.HTM-- tips and techniques for painting Santa Claus by Lee and Lillian Perkins.

BLEED.HTM -- This page describes a technique to keep paints from bleeding and to help highlight low relief features.

CRV-EAR.HTM -- provides basic ear antomy and shows how to carve the human ear.

PAT-TIP.JPG -- shows how to quickly mark and cut multiple copies of the same pattern.

SAFETY 101.HTM -- a series of safety checklists for a carver.

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The Push Stroke
Keep the holding hand
and fingers
below the plane of the
knife stroke.

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BODY.DOC -- provides listings of body proportions and relationships.  

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  Updated:   2001-05-28


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