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Woodcarving Lessons by Peter Newton
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The carving magazine Chip Chats is by far the oldest, having been established in 1953, and these days reaches thousands of American carvers as well as carvers in dozens of foreign countries.  It is published bi-monthly by the National Wood Carvers Association (NWCA) and when you join the NWCA, you automatically receive their magazine called Chip Chats. You must contact the NWCA to get Chip Chats since it isn’t distributed through retailers, nor does the NWCA accept any advertising for this magazine.  It is relatively inexpensive at only $16 a year for American subscribers, $18 for Canadians, and still a bargain for those overseas at $22 a year.  It contains articles and news of interest, carving show reports, patterns, helpful hints and ideas, book reviews and sales outlets.  I’ve been a member of the NWCA and receiving Chip Chats since 1976.  You can find it online at the link below or you can contact them at NWCA, P.O. Box 43218, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

This next magazine is called Carving Magazine and it has been published four times a year since the Spring of 2003.  This excellent magazine contains similar material that you would find in Chip Chats, but it also accepts advertising and is available at some retail outlets. I’ve found it before at Woodcraft Supply stores in the past.  The cost is $19.95 per year for four issues.  You can contact the folks at Carving Magazine at the link below.

The third magazine, Woodcarving Illustrated, is also published four times a year and costs $24.95.  It also accepts advertising and is available through retail outlets.  You can contact them at their site below, where you will also find all kinds of useful information.

My suggestion, if you can afford to do so, would be to order all three magazines.  If you’re on a tight budget, visit these magazine’s websites to get a more accurate idea about what each one of them offers.

My favorite carving tools are the "Swiss Made" carried exclusively by Woodcraft Supply, and naturally they also stock many other useful carving supplies.  I'm fortunate to have a local store here in Clearwater nearby, just a little south of Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., at 18891 U.S. Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33764.  They are located in a strip mall on the east side of U.S. 19 North.  (727-532-6888)

My source of carving woods, located right here in the Tampa Bay area, is Craftsmen Supply, just down the road a little from Busch Gardens in Tampa at 5011 E. Busch Blvd. (813-988-4677)  They always have a nice supply of basswood on hand and also carry some carving supplies as well. 

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