How to Carve Fish Decoys

A beautiful form of art, the fish decoy can be both visually appealing and functionally sound. Generally made from cedar wood or other light wood that won’t crack or shrink when wet, catch and release fishermen prefer these to traditional hooks because they believe it won’t hurt the fish. Required Materials/Tools Some fish carving patterns Heavy cardboard White cedar wood or any wood that is water resistant Copper or aluminum metal sheets A sharp wood knife or chisel A sealing finish A few colors of paint Some lacquer Sander Glass eyes (don’t get the plastic googlie eyes!) Liquid lead A pencil An eraser A ruler or straight edge A band saw An electric wood burn pen Preparation Before you start, you need to figure out what it’s going to look like. There are plenty of...

How to Carve Bone

Many cultures around the world have used bone in their quest to becoming a higher and more sophisticated society. You can trace back the art of carving bones to the early Stone Age as bones were used as tools, jewelry, weapons, needles, and other various devices like boxes and figurines. Bone carvings can be valued treasures, their pristine beauty and flawless quality is unparalleled by even granite statues. They are light weight, but sturdy and can be shaped to fit your needs quite easily as described below. Required Materials Animal bone Required Tools Some engraving chisels An etching knife A scraper A leather mat A course triangular and a course round file A coping saw Sandpaper Small hand drill or dremel tool Eye protection and a mask Background Information When you think of bone carving,...

How to Build a Brick Fire Pit

We all love to roast marshmallows and hot dogs, but why should you subject yourself to a 15 mile trek in the wilderness to some remote camp site? I can show you how to make a great brick fire pit that will be functional for cooking, as well as aesthetically pleasing to your home! This project should be done when it’s sunny outside. Before starting this project, consult the weather stations and see if it is going to rain. We will need a few days of good weather. Required Materials Bricks 2×4″ pieces Nails Water Sand Cement (quick dry) Mortar Rebar Grill bits Required Tools Trowel Hammer Shovel Wheel barrow Level String Instructions Look for where you want to put the fire pit. I would suggest away from trees or flammable brush. We want a nice fire, not a big fire. Nothing...