A Beginner carver with no workshop but big hopes

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Blog entry by BlindyCarver posted 12-23-2016 12:15 AM 752 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,

I’ve loved the woods and nature forever and have always loved what nature creates. My mother used to do woodwork making different things from patterns but no real major skills needed. I have also always admired the beauty of hand made wooden pieces.

Those were my first inspirations for my interest in woodwork of any type. Recently, and as a kid I used to mess around with knives and wood. So I looked up whittling, then saw wood carving and more.

I am currently learning to carve wood using knives, and a dremel. I want to also use chisels and gouges but not sure my budget could handle it.

I am currently working on wood scraps from 2×4s to branches from outside. Anything. The only tree parts I’ll take are the ones already on the ground or clearly separated from the tree

-- Jodie, aka, BlindyCarver

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 03:44 PM

I admire your spirit. I have 2 carved pieces I acquired from a blind carver in Colombia. An armadillo and a letter opener. They feel good in my hand. On most things I make I am trying to please the eye, pleasing the hand is at a higher level. Keep it up.

I recently saw a blind woodturner on tv. He is amazing.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 06:33 PM

Thank you.

I am Legally Blind. 20/400 with correction. Basically what someone with 20/20 sees at 400 feet it would take me 20 feet to see the same object in the same way. I am also VERY nearsighted which has its good and bad parts. I can read the smallest print on a over the counter med bottle. But can’t read a book with regular print for more than 5 minutes lol.

Working with a dremel type tool can also be QUITE an adventure too! I do what I need and I love what I do. That’s all that needs to be.

-- Jodie, aka, BlindyCarver

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