Know the Best Wood Types for Wood Carving

Know the Best Wood Types for Wood CarvingWood carving is among the most accessible and fun art forms. It doesn’t normally require costly equipment or studio. You simply need the basic set of carving tools, a wood and place to work in. In fact, anyone can enjoy wood carving. The difficulty, safety and quality of wood crafts will depend on the wood type used.

There are many wood varieties that can be used for wood carving. Each of these wood types has individual characteristics (color, hardness, texture, striation and grain), which make them suited for specific wood carving techniques and purposes. As such, it is very important for wood carvers and sculptors to know the different types of woods that they can use. Here are some of the different wood varieties for carving:


Basswood is soft-wood type that is popular for hand carvers. It is close grained but relatively soft which allows it to hold detail very well. You can use a power tool, such as a reciprocating saw (find out more about this wood carving tool by visiting this review site), for cutting or shaping the wood.

This wood type has little grain pattern which may appear bland. Usually, basswood crafts need to be painted to accentuate the grains and carving details.

Northern White Pine

Under the pine category, the Northern White Pine has similar characteristics with basswood. It is readily available and also affordable, making it a favorite for avid wood carvers. Sugar pine is also another good wood type for carving.

Know the Best Wood Types for Wood CarvingCottonwood

Cottonwood has a characteristic white color which looks very attractive even when unpainted. It is a soft wood type that is easy to carve, however, has the tendency to split.


The beautiful grain and color of butternut make it a favorite wood carving canvas. It has similarities with walnut except it is much easier to carve and with a lighter color. The cons with butternut are: it can be difficult to find and often attracts insects. Usually, this wood type will have wormholes in it – a feature unique to butternut.


For advanced wood carvers, hardwoods such as walnut are the usual picks. A Bosch reciprocating saw or similar power tool comes in handy when working on hard woods. The tight grain and rich color make it a popular furniture wood and carving.


The reddish colored mahogany is a strong lightweight wood with characteristic straight grain. It can be easily worked with hand or power tool, but is also prone to splitting.

Basically, there are thousands of wood varieties that can be used by carvers. Other common wood types that are often worked with power tools include rosewood, fruit trees, maple and teak. The type of wood can have a huge impact on the final output, so make sure to choose the right one.

Honing your skills with creative hobbies

Honing your skills with creative hobbiesAll great works started out as hobbies or side projects but turned out into valuable skills as they were nurtured and improved upon. So if you are worried about spending more time on your hobby or side project, you can rest assured. The time you spend in this manner is the best way to make you productive, healthy, and happy.

This is a proven fact as seen by the policy of Google, which granted its employees to spend 20 percent of their office time exploring fun filled projects and those that they were passionate about. The company saw an increase in productivity and boost in creativity.

This is not the only example you have of how effective side projects are. A study done in San Francisco on about 400 employees revealed that those with a creative hobby were more collaborative, helpful, and creative in the way they performed at work. Moreover, they were more in control and relaxed after work than the other group, which did not involve in creative activities.

Thus, organizations would benefit greatly, if they motivate employees to take up creative hobbies. Such hobbies will help them experience better control and mastery and influence their work performance positively.

When viewed from a psychological angle engaging in hobbies, which are challenging helped people to improve their mental health. But for most of us a hobby entails an escape from our work pressures. Thus, hobbies that are more of a passive or boring nature are chosen, which actually increase the depression and apathy that they intended to avoid.

But with a creative hobby, you can nurture a better downtime that is fulfilling and creative. Fishing, for instance, is seen as a passive hobby because it doesn’t pose much of a challenge. But in essence it is a very motivating hobby that teaches patience, perseverance, and skill. When you have the proper tools for fishing such as the spinning reels at, it is actually easy to get a good catch.

Why you need creative hobbies

Creative hobbies are entirely different from your work projects. While travelling to places is part of my work, it is a hobby for many. I love fishing and the sense of relaxation it provides and is a hobby for me while fishing is a lifeline for some.

So, a hobby is one which does not earn your bread and butter. Even without it, you can survive. And you don’t have a deadline threatening, if you didn’t finish the activity. With no pressure or risk present, you are free to take it up and give your best shot at it. This makes you pursue the hobby with love and passion, and whenever you spend some time on it, you feel invigorated and alive.

While a hobby comes with low pressure, low risk, and love, you cannot find the same at workplace. If you get an assignment at work it is attached with high pressure and high risk. To counter this you need a low risk and low-pressure hobby you love to do. When you balance your work with your hobby, you can become creative and improve your skills in many areas. This makes you come up with fresh and revolutionary ideas, which is what makes you more productive and happier.

Important landmark inventions of our time

We live a comfortable and convenient life today mainly because of a few inventions that have changed our entire world to an ultra-efficient level from a medieval state. While there has definitely been a positive progression since man has evolved, it is in modern times and especially in the past few centuries that a giant leap has been taken.

Now the gadgets and tech we use have brought about a marked change in the way we live, eat, talk, work, communicate etc. In short, the modern day inventions have become an indispensable part of our regular daily routine. Here are a few of the important inventions


Important landmark inventions of our timeInvented by Alexander Graham Bell telephone has made it possible to communicate over long distance. Telephone is the predecessor of the present day smartphones without which we cannot imagine doing either any work at the personal or the professional level, or for that matter the socializing we do.


While electricity is an invention that has become possible due to the work of many people, Benjamin Franklin deserves special mention. Nikola Tesla is another person credited for bringing electricity to us. He is known as the ’Father of Electricity’, because of his extensive knowledge on how electricity can be used.

Without electricity, everything would come to a standstill now as all things we use from our lighting and heating systems to the appliances and machines everything operate on electricity. Battery operated mechanisms have emerged now to combat the ever present need of electricity and fossil fuels.

I recently bought a quadcopter at which is entirely battery operated. However, even if batteries are used, in many gadgets we routinely use including our smartphones and laptops, you still need electricity to charge them making electricity an awesome force to reckon with now.


This invention had people realizing their dream of flying like a bird. Travelling by air is the fastest and best way to reach your destination now. Invented by Wright brothers in 1903 airplanes have improved in leaps and bounds and have become a common means of transport now enabling us to be in different corners of the world easily. The hubsan x4h107c quadcopter I bought for my nephew is one toy that I admire a lot. While flying in a plane is exhilarating, flying a toy quadcopter is equally exciting, as you try to maneuver it without hitting any obstacle.

Light bulb

landmark inventions of our timeThe habit of staying up from dawn to dusk changed once forever with the invention of lightbulbs. While fire and candlelight were the only source of light earlier, the light bulb invention was a big breakthrough when it happened in 1879. Now we stay awake well into the night and sometimes all night long thanks to Thomas Alva Edison. While Joseph Swan had tried making a light bulb in 1860, it did not work properly and glowed for a few hours only. Edison however is the one who invented the light bulb we are using now.

Worldwide web

This invention list will not be complete without the addition of the worldwide web. Invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the web has certainly woven its magic and has all of us under its spell, which doesn’t show any signs of breaking in the near future.

Why and How People Destroy Cultural Heritage

Destroy Cultural HeritageGod help the fools that give themselves the right to destroy something so precious and unique like cultural heritage! I saw every once in a while some news in which they say how some terrorist group or religious fanatic destroyed some beautiful and truly unique monument or temple. It is unacceptable to let people do whatever they want with pieces of our connected heritage. The black market on which criminals re-sell parts of some temple or some sarcophagus is one of the biggest problems regarding those few things which are left to us from our predecessors. Culture doesn’t grow on trees! It takes a long time to make something marvelous and unique. So by destroying our past we forget who we are now. People need to understand why and how do other people destroy our collective heritage.

Here we are not just talking about ‘destroying’ heritage in the sense of installing horrid lights like those at – we’re talking major destruction. One of the examples why anyone would destroy something old and precious is war. Just in 2015, in the Syrian desert, ISIL has destroyed Palmyra, statues in Mosul and they have destroyed Nimrud, which was an ancient city in Iraq. The taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan. But it is not just that they blow something with a bazooka or destroy just one part of the thing. They plan, drill holes, they insert dynamite and calculate how much TNT they need exactly to completely destroy something which can never exist again.

Iraq for instance, was the first country in the world which has been labeled as an ‘endangered site’, because of the terrifying destruction which was done to the county. Religion is often a problem with extremists. They think that just existing near them, some really old testament of some different culture and religion is a threat. There isn’t any sensitivity from their side. Nobody thinks, ‘future generations will have something from this’.

It is not just about some far away country. Europe is full of examples how primitive can people be. France, UK, Italy, Spain etc. were all countries where some kind of diabolical destruction was made, both through modern technology like quality LED lights, and annihilation. It was not on a large scale as Buddhas, but heads and parts of the walls, sculptures flew far away in some occasions. It was in the name of revolution or some new ideology. If the ideology is big enough and is pressured by some great person with big charisma, there is no question of preserving some ‘old’ and ‘unimportant’ heritage. It is a looked at as a threat! Any kind of testament of the past is looked at with fear or rebellion.

Books, scripts, paintings, poems – all were burned in the past because they don’t belong in a ‘new and better’ world. Effects of the heritage destruction are devastating to the people. It is one thing to see the death of a man, which is terrifying enough, but it’s something completely different when you see destruction of something so old because of which today’s world strives and exists. It is completely inhumane to destroy our heritage which is the only reason why we are who we are today!

The Natural Beauty of Water

waterfall-335985_1280Years ago, a comedy was released. It was simply called Water. Starring British-born actor, Michael Cane, it was a parody of the last days of British colonial rule over one of their last remaining dominions. The details of the story line are not important and ultimately this show failed because it was barely funny.

But a point was made over the continuous battle for natural resources between the haves and have-nots. In this case, it was water that was being fought over. Whether it’s slapstick or cleverly written dialogue that passes for dry, intellectual humor, comedy only ever works if it can get audiences and readers to laugh.

The message doesn’t seem to be getting through

And if the device deployed in this sub-genre works, the message sometimes gets through. But today, surely no-one needs to be reminded just how precious water is in today’s times. Naturally dry regions, mostly on the continent of Africa are experiencing critical water shortages. Some of these regions are now in the throes of full-fledged droughts. Arguments are persistently being put forward that the increased incidence of dry, barren regions and their subsequent shortage of water is directly related to the harrowing phenomenon of global warming and climate change.

It was former US Vice President, Al Gore, who highlighted this in his best-selling movie and book series, An Inconvenient Truth. The graphs and photo’s he showed his audiences at the time were quite disturbing. Gore did not need to show future projections. He already had the evidence. Previously fertile regions were shown drying up at different stages over a period of years.

One of the factors contributing towards the extreme weather patterns being experienced today is the continued melting of ice in the Arctic regions.

Water is precious

Roland Emmerich’s breathtaking The Day After Tomorrow for-grounded the phenomenon of ice caps breaking up and spectacularly showed what could happen as a result. Sometimes it takes a fictionalized epic of reality to give humankind a shock. But most people have, in any case, become desensitized by what they see on the screen, so this shocking technique is not really effective. Another movie Emmerich made had to do with a different scenario but ended up becoming ludicrous because the event never happened. 2012 came and went.

2015 is drawing to a close and still nothing has happened. So most people complacently carry on with their lives without another thought of what would happen if, for instance, they had no water. But do those people who have water in abundance know that their water is contaminated? You can read more about the harmful effects of polluted water at Water Softener Land. What people really need to realize is that every natural resource left to them, particularly water, is precious and needs to be conserved responsibly without a second thought.

Apart from water being precious, it is also beautiful, soothing and good for us, particularly when it remains pristine and uncontaminated. Think about this the next time you go swimming at the beach or fishing near your favorite stream.

Woodworking Art and Modern Tools

Wood is a material that is used to make objects of art from ancient times. The wood was always readily available and easy to handle. Woodworking tools were developed in line with the growing needs. Today exist hand tools that you will use if you want to make woodworking art. The basic are the saw, hammer, chisel, and so on.

Some woodworking pieces serve only for decoration, as for example statues. Other works are a combination of art and practical use. These include, for example, a modern and stylish piece of furniture. Making a work that is simultaneously beautiful and functional, requires a special approach to work. In essence, there are two options. You can make a useful thing first, then to decorate it and make it special. Another way is to create your masterpiece work, then try to find an everyday use for it.

Today it is much easier to make masterpieces and be woodworking artist. To be a good artist, you need good tools. A good part of hand tools are now replaced with modern power tools. Of particular benefit can be an oscillating tool to which can be added various extensions. Many of the works on wood require frequent repetition of some same movements, whether it is in question the processing of edges or ordinary sanding. Oscillating tools significantly reduce the effort of this work and make woodworking art easier. The Oscillating Tool Depot is a place where you can get information about the types of oscillating tools, and methods of their application.

First steps in woodworking arts mainly are making simple objects of wood, such as birdhouses. Then you can generate a love for this art and new ideas, or you can conclude that you are not so artistic soul. Simpler projects require simple tools and, for a start, it is enough to have the most basic hand tools. It is never redundant because there are always little things that are easier done by hand. As your ideas and inspiration grow, it grows the need for tools. One oscillating tool can be very useful because it can perform many different actions – from cutting jab hole to grinding and shaping the edges. And best of all, it can be used on other materials, not only on wood. The characteristics of such a versatile tool can be found here:

In addition to modern tools, today you can get computer software and applications that can be used in the making of wooden objects. They can help with calculations, more rational use of wood, modeling… Many production processes are modernized, and today it is easy to make a myriad of typical things of wood. But is this an art or production? Can anyone be a woodworking artist today?

It may seem that easy. You have the modern tools and computer modeling. Woodworking acts as a game. However, the process of idea generation starts from the artist, and it is a part of his inspiration. This will always remain irreplaceable, and it is the core of woodworking art.

Greening art

Greening artGreen art is a popular sub-genre in art and architectural circles today. In today’s era of global warming and climate change, the thematic association with natural elements, both flora and fauna, could not be more relevant. Today, more and more environmentally-conscious men and women are taking advantage of their abilities to express themselves through art and architecture, combining artistic creativity with engineering skills and entrepreneurial inventions. Through art, we sometimes discover new elements in nature and consequently express ourselves through actions in response to our new awakenings. Owing to geo-political and economic factors, more people have become urbanized, withdrawing further from depleted natural surroundings.

Blending in with nature

For most people, preoccupied with their daily lives, it has become challenging to notice those objects of beauty which rarely escape the eyes of artists and designers. But to compensate, the less-artistic of society still appreciate the gifts of their creative peers. You only need to look around your own home to appreciate aspects of art being combined with mechanical functions. Even the automobile that you drive to work each day has been inspired by some form of artistic expression.  Modern buildings are functional and environmentally sustainable, engineered from scratch to be artistically assimilated with nature.

Previously, the concern was always over how much natural space had been appropriated by mankind. In the sport of golf, hardly a necessity to most people and merely a form of recreation for some, large areas of land were cleared to build acres of greens on which enthusiasts could then hit a tiny ball from one end of the park to another with a club. Fortunately, whether through legislation or necessity, even artistic expression, today’s designers of golfing links are a lot more considerate where nature is concerned.

In communion with nature

Whether by design or not, much of the flora and fauna has been left untouched by builders who lay out their greens around natural forests and streams as opposed to demolishing them. For instance, it is no longer a rare occurrence to hear of a golfer having to watch his natural surroundings carefully while sizing up his next shot. Some golfing greens have even been placed near rivers populated by alligators. But thanks to modern technology, avid golfers have the benefit of using a custom-sized GPS navigator.

It is mainly used to optimize their performance on the greens but discerning golfers may argue that the sport remains true when only relying on instinct and the naked eye. You would have to visit or join a golf club to fully appreciate all of this. This website shows you how you can get started and what you will need as a beginner. Hikers, skiers and cross-country runners would agree that battling it out with their natural surroundings is the essence of their sport.

Originally, humankind was designed by their own artistic creator to be in communion with nature. It is still pleasing to see that we are slowly but surely returning back to basics, whether out of necessity or by design.

Poetry in motion

Poetry in motionThe title of this post was not chosen lightly in view of the fact that this expression has been used for many years to describe the artistic and emotional sensations associated with human motion. Fair to say, it should not even be regarded as a cliché because it remains relevant to our everyday lives. The use of poetry has been with us since the beginning of time. Think how the ancient scribes composed their verse when witnessing scenes of war and bravado, watching soldiers clash with each other with their swords and bows. In spite of proxy wars being fought mainly in the Middle East today, the rest of humankind has moved on from their predecessors’ early, blood-curdling days.

Art in nature

Today, most men and women challenge each other on the playing fields. Not only do men and women battle it out with each other, they also challenge themselves quietly on their own. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner tells the story of one delinquent man’s battle with himself. Incarcerated for petty theft, the protagonist discovers the sport of cross-country running by chance. Much to the disappointment of the prison authorities, this young man, blessed with above-average levels of stamina and endurance, decides not to race against other athletes that he would surely beat, but against himself.

In the process, this young man encounters for the first time the joys of being close to nature, running through green forests and over muddy hills. While running, he sees the artistic beauty in his natural surroundings. The playing field may not be entirely natural but there is a good reason why soccer (football) is called the beautiful game. This term was first associated with the adored Samba Kings, five time soccer world champions, Brazil.

Expressing yourself

If you have not had the privilege of taking part in one or another sport during your lifetime, you ought to give it a try. You won’t have to test your body to the limits. Rather, you can take time out to truly experience the beauty of using all parts of your body in strategic ways, combining it with cognitive thinking skills. Also, a lot of artistic expression and engineering skills go into the manufacture of the equipment that sportsmen and women use.

Long-boarding enthusiasts appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into building their custom-designed boards from natural fibers such as bamboo and maple. Granted, synthetic fibers are being used more nowadays in order to enhance and streamline the performance of top athletes. Ultimately, sport is more than competing with foes. It is a means of expressing the individual self and reacting to one’s surroundings, much like poets have been doing for centuries. Even if you are just taking a leisurely stroll through your favorite park you can take a moment to observe how your body responds to undulating paths.

More importantly, you should take time to absorb how it makes you feel inside. It feels beautiful, doesn’t it?

Best Cabin Vacations To Enjoy Around The World

cabin-918914_1280I have always admired the log cabins. They bring to mind primitive dwellings and living in the mountains. In fact, cabin is sort of an icon. The cabins serve as a resting place where lumberjack teams share a meal and coffee as they ponder over the day’s backbreaking lumber work.

Recently I was in Oregon, which is famous for its forests and log cabins. The cabins built by settlers in the Oregon Trail are symbolic of frontier life and depict the traditional communities that lived in the region. Cabins symbolize freedom from the busy city lights.

Many people choose cabin vacations to relax and be free of the stresses associated with modern living. The cabins available now range from those fitted with the bare necessities to sophisticated cabins with the latest in electricity and plumbing. The cabins are popular not only in Canada, but worldwide too, as they offer a perfect getaway in both winter and summer weather. Here are some of the most adorable cabins you’ll ever come across. All of the cabins stand out because of their unique design and shelter.

Glass Cabin

Situated in West Virginia Mountains, this cabin has walls of glass windows that give breath-taking views of sunset. Built by Lilah Horrowitz and Nick Olsen of Milwaukee this cabin offers a great retreat from the busy city life. The glass panes are supported by wooden beams, which look well finished and appropriate for the cabin. While finishing wood, using tools such as the BELTSANDER helps to make the finishing more smooth and easier.


These are not your usual residential treehouses that you build for your kids. Belonging to the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, the cabins offer spectacular views of the landscape and are apt for vacation stay. You can enjoy a furnished cabin complete with bedroom and bathroom. What makes the stay more exciting is the predators on prowl just below on the ground.

Nook Treehouse

This is present in Sussex in England. It is more like a fairy-tale cabin with all the latest amenities in it. It is ideal for a vacation stop.

Timber Moose Lodge

This is situated in Timber Lakes in Utah, United States. The cabin is enormous in proportion and is more like a fortress. It is a privately owned log cabin and features a massive kitchen, swimming pool, dining area, crow’s nest, and sufficient space for accommodating over 60 people.

Manta Resort

Situated in Pemba Island in Tanzania the resort is on the expensive side, which is certainly justified when you see the cabin. It is a floating lodge present just a little distance away from the shore. It provides stunning views of the blue sea.

Eagle Brae Highland cabins

Situated in Beauly, Scotland, these log cabins have authentic log cabin structure complete with log frames, fur carpets, turf roofs and taxidermied game.  You can also find some exquisite wood furniture here.

Juvet Landscape

This is located in Gudbrandsjuvet resort in Norwary. It is a contemporary cabin with minimalistic design with the spectacular views dominating rather than the cabins themselves.

The Art of the Motorcycle

harley davidson motorcycle closeup photoAs you know, I love all things related to art. A few days ago, I was researching the Guggenheim when I came across an interesting review for the exhibition “The Art of the Motorcycle” that ran there in 1988.

I was intrigued so I did some research, and here is what I found out.

The Art of the Motorcycle was an exhibition which featured more than 100 exceptionally interesting motorcycles. The motorcycles were chosen for their exceptional design and features, and their historical importance in the development of design.

An interesting detail is how the exhibition ended up in such an esteemed place as the Guggenheim. The director of the Guggenheim at the time was Thomas Krens, who was a real motorcycle lover. He chose some of the bikes himself, and was helped by other experts such as Manon Slone and Charles Falco.

Another interesting fact is that this exhibition came at a time when motorcycles had a stigma attached to them, and riders were seen as low-lives. This exhibition marked the transition from that – an end of the period of demonization and social rejection of riders.

It helped along the cause of accepting and reintegrating motorcyclists, and moved along the representation of motorcycles as something desirable and fashionable. It also celebrated the sport of riding motorcycles.

The end result is what we can see today – countless people riding motorcycles, numerous sites, shops, gatherings and expositions dedicated solely to motorcycles. Today the market for motorcycles is so big, there are even whole websites dedicated to motorcycle helmets such as this one.

The Art of the MotorcycleWhen researching the exhibition, I also came across the catalogue for it which showed amazing motorcycles all the way from steam powered velocipedes to iconic Harley-Davidsons like the ones we can see cruising down streets today.

As far as the rating of the exhibition, it was deemed a complete success. Enormous numbers of people came to see the exhibition, and the Guggenheim recorded highest ticket sales ever with more than 4 thousand people coming to see the exhibition every day, and over 5 thousand attendees on the weekends.

The total number of people went just over 300 thousand, which was a record attendance when it comes to exhibitions at the Guggenheim. Seeing how popular it was, many other venues started basically copying the exhibition, for example the Orlando Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Bilbao.

The exhibition also travelled, so when the total number of people who visited it is added up, it comes to well over a million, making this exhibition one of the best viewed in history. It was so popular that, for many people, this was their first and only visit to a museum.

The catalogue which I mentioned was also sold, and in remarkable numbers – until 2005, over a quarter of a million copied were printed which is the most of any museum catalogue ever. That’s additionally impressive since the catalogue is pretty large. It has over 400 pages of quality color print. It would definitely be interesting to get a chance to see something like that now!