Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine launches coziest issue yet

October 2020

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Lancaster, PA —The winter 2020 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated is available now and is described by the team as the magazine’s “coziest issue yet.” The projects in this issue place an emphasis hygge, a Danish concept that means the intentional practice of coziness. From a snowman carving challenge to nostalgic ornaments, this issue is chock-full of projects and inspiration that will encourage you to invite hygge into your home this winter season.

“One of the ways we stay cheerful in the winter is by intentionally surrounding ourselves with cozy things,” says editor Kaylee Schofield. “This issue is packed with projects that will help readers do just that.”  

In this issue, woodcarvers will delight in learning about woodcarver Steve Tomashek and his fun one-knife miniature animal carvings. Drawing inspiration from some of the animals surrounding his German homestead, Tomashek carves extremely tiny animals that he also paints with a fantastical twist.

“My interest in miniaturization and animal sculpture developed over time and has foundations in philosophy. In our modern world, smallness is considered synonymous with insignificance. However, I’ve challenged myself to see things differently. While not necessarily “practical,” my tiny animals are far from insignificant.” 

—Steve Tomashek

The magazine features another prolific carver—Paul Joachim. What makes Joachim unique is that he prefers chocolate over wood. Known as the “The Chocolate Genius,” Joachim carves intricate masterpieces using slabs of delicious chocolate. His chocolate pieces are displayed all over the world. Sometimes, guests are invited to sample a bite of his carvings too!

This winter issue would not be complete without Santa-inspired carvings. The magazine team has taken the idea of Santa one step further and ensured many of “Santa’s friends” are included as well. From a fun flat-plane reindeer using two tools to a happy little Christmas elf, this issue includes a handful of cheerful holiday projects to keep carvers busy well into the New Year. 

“Make sure to take the Frosty Challenge by sending in your own take on Kristoffer Høyum’s snowman. I’ll be carving one, too, so the more the merrier,” editor Kaylee Schofield says.