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Harley Refsal carves a holiday figure.

Tips from Harley Refsal:

• Draw a few lines on your wood to guide your first cuts.

• Start carving in broad strokes, then fill in the details.

• This style of woodcarving lends itself to carving with facets.

• Harley Refsal prefers using a single whittling or carving knife.

• Harley Refsal prefers to use basswood, as it is soft enough to carve but takes detail well.

• Strap your knife with aluminum oxide and a leather strap, preferably glued to a piece of wood.

• Harley prefers to strap his knife every couple of hours, strapping it 10-12 times.

• A sharp knife is safer to carve with.

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Harley Refsal carves a figure

Harley Refsal sharpens his woodcarving knife

Harley Refsal talks about the materials he uses to create a figure

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Craft In America Educational Materials look further at Holiday as a concept in craft. Visit the EDUCATION section HERE > to see what's available and download a Lesson Guide.

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We filmed artist Chloe Darke for the FORGE episode. Learn more about the series HERE >

ArtistsLearn more about the artists in the HOLIDAY episode HERE >


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