Some Carvings

by Diane Harto 








  Back in Print by Popular Demand,


Announcing the 4th printing of the
woodcarving pattern book;

  CARVING WOODEN CRITTERS  by Diane (Ernst) Harto    
       This delightful collection of animal patterns has now become  available again after being out of print for several years.  Brought  back by popular demand, this is a low priced  book with carving  patterns suitable for the novice and experienced carver alike.        Written by Diane Harto, (previously Diane Ernst) and originally  published in 1993, this book is still a favorite among the carvers and  instructors.  
 With step by step photos of how to carve a bunny. Shown as power carving,  but can be used to guide a whittler through the shaping and finishing as well.
   A must have for all carving libraries.  Available for $7.99, (US) by visiting:  

Carver's Questions and Answers

If you have any question about carving; "how to" or "with which tool", or you would like to get a product recommendation, here's the place to ask!    If you send me an e-mail I will post it here with an answer to your question.

I'll start today by telling you some of the tools I use. 

     In addition to gouges and knives, I am a big fan the Foredom flexible shaft grinder.  With a vast variety of burrs and bits you can really make a lot of saw dust in a little time.    

     When I'm done roughing out my band-sawed blank, I turn to my Ram high-speed grinder for the detail work.     

     If I need to do more fine texturing I may use my "Feather Etcher" wood burner.

     The finish I like best for a natural look,  is Homer Formby's Tung Oil.

     When I paint, I might use Jo Sonja acrylics or Windsor Newton artist's oils


   If you have questions or comments about any of these,  or a question about a technique you're having trouble with feel free to e-mail me at this address;  or you can use the handy form below,  and I will post your question and my answer as you see below.



     What sharpening system do you recommend?  

    We use the Nancy Burke Tool Sharpening System.  Available as follows:           



or Direct from Nancy Burke;       402-623-4292


 Thanks for asking!


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