A question for the carvers on LJ's

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Blog entry by Jimthecarver posted 01-05-2012 10:37 PM 8203 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been quite some time since I have carved. Life gets in the way somtimes and I dropped all carving tools and let them collect dust. Now that life is playing its dirty little tricks elsewhere I am once again trying my hand at this fun hobby called carving.
While tuning up the knives I wondered about other carvers and what two knives they use the most.
Here is a picture of mine show me yours! (knives that is)
I look forward to seeing your favorites.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:53 PM

I find myself doing so much with my utility knife, from roughing out to detailing, so it is my #1. It is hard to pick my #2…I like all my other knives. Here is a detail knife that I really love, but I like my Shipleys and my Denny too! I guess it sometimes depends on what I’m trying to do.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 11:41 PM

Hi Jim, I would be ashamed to show mine with yours being so nice. My favorite chip carving knife is in the shape of a short triangle. I find it to be versatile with the small tip. . I love carving but I have arthritis so I can never stay at it long enough to become any good at it. I do admire your work though with all those fine spoons and other work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 08:52 AM

I just wish I had the skill to use a carving knife like those beautiful knives! But, even if I did, I’d have to charge a lot more for a gunstock I carved with a knife. Here’s an old project I posted to show how I do precision carving with a 2 1/2 hp router. Using a router that’s mounted in a gunstock duplicator, I can turn a wood blank into a rough carving in about an hour. Then about 15 to 30 minutes of work with hand rasps and files gets the rough blank ready for a series of sanders.

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-- Hal, Tennessee

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