Greetings and salutations!
We’re Dana and David and we started carvingjunkies.com because we’re obsessed with wood carving and want to share everything that we’ve learned with you.
Our mission is to make wood carving addictively fun for as many people as possible with free, step-by-step tutorials that feature photos from all angles.
Dana's passion is carving fun figures and whittling little caricatures with a knife or two... or three... or five. But who's counting?
David loves using power tools to make beautiful spoons, spatulas, and other cooking utensils. He uses them to stir the delicious culinary dishes he creates at home and when we are out hiking on the trail. He’s also the master of all the saws, sanders, grinders, and other tools in his man cave (our basement).
Whether you are brand new to wood carving—or have been carving for a while—you will find lots of tutorials and useful information here.
We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter—Covered in Chips—that features great tips and updates you whenever a new tutorial is added.
Plus we will provide you with a free gift that is chock full of helpful hints: 50 Woodcarving & Painting Tips.
Our backgrounds include teaching and training so we know the importance of keeping things simple.
We don't claim to be know-it-all carvers. If you have a question we cannot answer, we will do our best to research it for you, or reach out to other wood carvers we know.
One of our goals is provide a wide variety of free wood carving tutorials. If there is something you would like us to cover give us a shout!
If you are interested in creating an original tutorial for consideration to teach other wood carvers (and to showcase your work), please use our contact form to talk to us about it.
Skilled at wood carving but have no idea how to create a tutorial? We can work with you to bring it to life. Here’s one example of how we worked with a wonderful, young woodcarver from Russia.
We love partnering with other wood carvers to help them achieve their dreams! If you are a wood carver who wants to build a website, or increase your social media presence, watch Dana’s presentation (below) at the International Association of Wood Carvers meeting.
We love test driving new stuff!
If you have a wood carving tool (or other product) that you would like us to try, please use our contact form and we will provide you with our mailing address.
If you are interested in sponsoring a tutorial using your tool(s), please let us know that, too.
Since the first day we met, we’ve been crafting together and cheering each other on in our creative endeavors. We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!
Now we’re getting close to the next chapter in our work lives... turning our passion for wood carving into a full-time endeavor. We’re super excited to help others on their wood carving journeys (and to support other carvers).
We are always learning ourselves and will keep sharing new skills and projects with you.
A few fun facts about us (or what we believe):
Currently, Dana is a professional copywriter and David recently retired after working for 40 years at a major chemical company.
While Dana has written award-winning content for numerous websites, neither of us know zilch about building them.
We use an amazing platform called Solo Build It! that has made creating this website a true joy.
Solo Build it! provides all the education and site-building tools we need. It is like a jam-packed university for building a website.
They also have forums where people actually want to help you succeed, and professionals to help if you get befuddled.
Solo Build It! takes care of all the complicated, back-end stuff that we have no interest in managing so we can focus on providing you with awesome content.
From day one, they have continued to over deliver. You can learn more about them here (affiliate link).
We’re perfectionists—but are far from perfect. If something doesn’t make sense to you (or you see a typo), please let us know.
How we can be of greatest service to you?
I love these very sturdy Focuser Carving knives (affiliate link). Their carving knife is very comfortable to use.
The chip carving knife is my go-to for clean pyramid cuts. The long whittling knife is good for roughing out wood.
All are terrific for beginners, reasonably priced, and readily available.
They also support this website whenever purchases are made using these links (at no cost to you).
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