Author: David D. Hughes

I just love creating things with my hands. It's amazing how little I appreciated learning these skills when I was younger. Today, it is a source of great joy. I whittle, carve, wood burn and more!

Carving Juniper Wood | A Detailed Guide

Carving juniper wood is a beautiful hobby, and with a bit of time and perseverance, anyone can learn to do it. Take the time to learn the essential tools and techniques and by following the steps. You can carve small objects like bowls, plaques, etc. These are the things I’ve learned for years, and I…

Carving Fig Wood | A Genius’ Guide

Are you thinking of carving fig wood? Fig wood is a tough and durable wood that can substitute for mahogany, red cedar, and other premium wood species. It is a type of species native to the Mediterranean region but used as a wood species for thousands of years. It is an ancient wood species that…

Carving Lilac Wood | A Smart Guy’s Guide

I have been looking for a good way of carving lilac wood since my grandpa passed away several years ago. I have always been fascinated by wood and the process of carving. The first time I tried to carve lilac wood I was confident that I had cut the first slice.  I had chiseled away…

Carving Magnolia Wood

Carving Magnolia wood is a complex act. Whether it’s because of the dirty old tools or because it’s not the easiest thing to carve, this is one of the most difficult woods to work with. Yet, if you take your time and work slowly, you can get some good results. This post will give you…

Carving Elmwood | What I Wish I knew

Have you ever tried to carve a piece of elmwood, only to be hampered by its complexity and difficulty? I am going to show you how to make elmwood carving more of a breeze.  Get the basics down first, and you’ll be ready to make some great carving projects.  I’ll show you all the tools…

Carving Ginkgo Wood

The Ginkgo is a hard, drought-resistant tree that has found a new place in urban settings as a cultivated tree.  It makes furniture, carved objects, housewares, and bowls.  Yet, little information about the properties of its wood is known, which is essential in wood carving, and that is what this article is discussing.  Carving Ginkgo…

Carving Eucalyptus Wood | The Ins and Outs of It

Eucalyptus is a unique and beautiful wood. It has an exciting texture and takes on so many different looks because of the unique way it grows. And the unique way it alters the way it reacts to chemical and physical changes. It is a fascinating wood, and we will be producing a tutorial on how…

How to Sharpen a Skew Chisel

Start by wearing your safety glasses when sharpening a skew chisel. Now turn on the grinder and let it come to speed. At this point, you can put the tool on the grinding wheel, and there is no need to apply any pressure.  Let the wheel do the rest of the work. The powerful grinding…