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The Ultimate Guide to Carving Pencil Lead

Is it truly possible to create miniature carvings in pencil lead? Yes, these pencil lead carvings are a real art form! There are a handful of skilled artists who are internationally-known for carving sculptures out of graphite. In fact, pencil lead carving is relatively affordable and only requires a few tools. To explore this new and exciting form of carving, …

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Are There Different Kinds of Chisels?

Chisels are a tool you’ll be using in woodworking a lot. And there are several different kinds of chisels depending on the project you want to work on. But when you’re a beginner-level woodworker, you might be confused by the variety of chisels out there. Not only that, you’re scratching your head over which type of chisel you should use …

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Wood Toys to Make for Kids (w/ downloadable templates)

Wooden toys have remained popular for many years because of their aesthetic and durability. Their minimalist look has also been said to encourage creativity and imagination in children. However, they can be somewhat expensive depending on where you purchase them. But there’s no need to spend large amounts of money on these old-fashioned toys. Most are easy and quick to …

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Common Hand Tool Woodworking Injuries and How to Prevent/Treat Them

While woodworking is a word synonymous with craftsmanship and artistry, there is another side to it that not a lot of people think about. While not typically considered one of the most dangerous jobs, woodworking can have its perils. If you think about what they do, it only makes sense. When using all the sharp tools and machines that can cut through …

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The Ultimate Guide to Woodworking with Children

Intro Every craft person remembers where and when in their life they first encountered their passion. Woodworking is an ancient art form that has touched every corner of the earth. Whether it’s learned at home with a family member or at school with a dedicated teacher, woodworking with hand tools is valuable and beneficial to children in so many ways. …

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10 Woodworking Projects for Kids

Woodworking develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and muscle development. It also encourages problem-solving and imaginative thinking, and it allows children and parents to engage in fun projects while spending quality time together. Most importantly, passing the art of woodworking down to your children will result in memories you’ll both cherish for years to come. Whether you’re an …

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The Ultimate Guide to Hand Carving

After deciding you want to try your hand at carving, what’s the best way to begin? In this article, we’ll discuss how to get started with hand carving, from the types of wood to choose from and what hand tools to purchase. This guide will show you how to be safe as you carve, what techniques you’ll want to master, …

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Whats the Difference Between Old Growth and New Growth Wood

When researching what wood to use for a project, you may have come across a lot of discussion about new growth wood versus old growth wood. But what is the difference between the two? And which should you use for your project? Old growth wood comes from trees grown naturally in virgin (undisturbed) forests and is over 200 years old. …

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What Kind of Hand Tools To Look For In Yard Sales

Yard sales are held by people and organizations for getting rid of excess items that are no longer serving them any purpose. These sales offer great products with even greater bargains, making it an amazing opportunity for shoppers. Products that are sold at yard sales may be something as mundane as comics, as advanced as electronic gadgets, and everything in …

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10 Places to Get Reclaimed Wood for Projects

Reclaimed wood has been growing in popularity for decades.  Woodworking projects, interior design, and construction go through different trends over time. Some are short-lived, and others are timeless. When it comes to timeless trends, you can’t get much better than reclaimed or distressed wood. When you use recycled lumber for projects, you create a look of age and antiquity. For …