getting ready for War Eagle

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 06-09-2011 07:24 PM 4463 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I registered for the War Eagle carving seminars again for this September and I am attempting to practice and get my carving skills in shape before attending! I hope that the better I am prepared, the more I will get out of it. I am signed up with Adina Huckins again and I don’t want her to think I wasn’t paying attention the last time. She emphasized repetition and practice as a way to improve skills, as a way to train your muscles to carve properly, to correctly cut and shape the wood.

So I am going to try and carve as many heads as possible in the next 3 months, trying to “remember” all the things she said and taught in the first class. I was pleased with the carving I did in the first class and it showed me I was capable of creating something good. Now the trick is to accomplish something of similar quality without Adina suggesting that I make this a little more symetrical or that I take a little bit more off over there. I have had a few commissioned carvings since last September that prevented me from jumping right in and I have to admit that some of my solo attempts were still kinda discouraging.

But I have no excuses remaining and I am a little encouraged that I am seeing some improvement with the ones I have worked on lately. Plus, it is also important to work at enough to improve physical endurance so that I can carve 8 or so hours daily for a week!

I am also evaluating my carving bench. Last year, I had problems with my vise, so I want to make sure everything is properly tested before loading up. So far, it has worked well and my only real concern would be the space it would require as opposed to one I can just clamp to a table or bench. Anyhow, thanks for looking and listening!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 08:23 PM

Mike that’s just fantastic! I think carving a pretty human face is the absolute hardest thing to do in carving great job, I know I can’t do it (yet). Looks like as comfortable a bench set up as you can get too. Benches are the way to go. Congrats on the commissions too!!! I hope to do carving like that someday. That’s beautiful!



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#2 posted 06-10-2011 12:46 AM

Looking good Mike. I was just at a round up and tried my hand at some bark carving. Man was that fun. Have fun

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 06-10-2011 01:18 PM

Lookin’ good Mike.

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#4 posted 06-10-2011 03:12 PM

oh yes. she is certainly coming to life

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#5 posted 06-10-2011 08:26 PM

It’s a fantastic feeling to learn something new, put it into practice and get a good result. You must be a happy man Mike. Eight hours of carving sounds exhausting to me, but I’m old. I just hope you don’t burn yourself out.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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