Spike Carlsen

Portraying a good likeness of the father. As Fred generated a full-size drawing from which to work, he had a friend model, so he could get the correct folds in the shirt. Because carving is a subtractive process, where material is taken away rather than added, Fred is constantly wary of making commitments that can't be modified. The temptation to round things off or undercut them prematurely is always present. Doing so makes them look correct in the short run, but it dooms them to be mediocre...

Make Poplar Look Pretty

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Give this useful but unattractive wood a makeover. THE WOOD WE KNOW AS POPLAR has many common names, such as tulip poplar, yellow poplar, tulipwood, yellow tulipwood, tulip tree, whitewood and canoewood. The tulip part of these names comes from the tulip-like flower the tree produces in the spring. Where the poplar part of these names comes from is a even a true poplar it's a member of the magnolia family. In fact, poplar is known as the king of the Magnolias. It's also the tallest hardwood...

Kevin Southwick Apply Even Coat Of Shellac

Stain Controller

See how to build this great looking on page 68. Start by wiping on a strong stain controller to keep the poplar from blotching when you apply the dye and stain. Make a strong stain controller by thinning gel varnish with mineral spirits. Wash the sealed surface with soap and water so the dye will soak in, rather than bead up on the surface. Start by wiping on a strong stain controller to keep the poplar from blotching when you apply the dye and stain. Make a strong stain controller by thinning...

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Chemical Ebonizing

Vinegar Rust Ebonizing Solution

A sure-fire recipe for turning any wood deep black. remember the old ad slogan, better living through chemistry When it comes to turning wood black a process called ebonizing I prefer the chemical approach, which uses solutions made from vinegar, steel wool and tannic acid. Watching them transform an ordinary wood, such as the yellow poplar I'm using here, is magical. Other methods of ebonizing dye, ink and paint use pigments, which can obscure the wood's grain. The chemical technique leaves an...