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The Top 14 Carpentry Skills Woodworkers Should Know

What carpentry skills should woodworkers know? Beyond possessing basic woodworking knowledge, carpenters should know the most common tasks associated with their chosen profession. We’ve created a list of these skills below for you to reference. These skills will not only serve you as you look for a carpentry career but will help you excel in any position you obtain. This …

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Building a Pole Lathe and Turning a Simple Bowl

By Camille Coy A Brief History of Lathes Woodturning using a human-powered lathe is one of the most ancient forms of woodworking. Perhaps not quite as old as whittling, which was practiced over 10,000 years ago after the last Ice Age, but the art of turning wood still dates back thousands of years. An early archeological record of woodturning with …

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The Ultimate Guide to Whittling: Make Art, Pass the Time

(Yes, it’s different than carving) Whittling. It’s always had an almost romantic connotation. It calls up images of an older gentleman looking out over a farm, working away at a wooden spoon. A craft to bide the time. For starters, it’s worth mentioning that although they are often used interchangeably, whittling is not the same as carving. They are two …

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10 Woodworking Projects for High Schoolers

High Schoolers are at a special age where they are learning the skills necessary for entering into the world as adults. Woodworking can be a great way for them to express themselves while also learning a valuable skill that they’ll appreciate throughout their lives. It is also a great way for parents and teens to bond while engaging in a …

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7 Projects for Hand Tool Beginners

The Not-so-typical Guide for Going Old School In the overwhelming world of the woodworking web, it can be difficult for a hand tool beginner to find their way. Perhaps you’re a seasoned power tool user who has decided to go old school. Or maybe you’re a total newcomer to woodworking who has chosen to use hand tools for their unparalleled …

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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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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, …