Feeling sore and creative - not a good combination

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Blog entry by mungletroll posted 08-30-2013 09:14 AM 1391 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, yesterday I was in hospital for a triple hernia repair, I’m not sure how I managed that but that’s life I suppose.

Anyway, here I am with time on my hands and the urge to create something but sore as hell, not allowed to lift anything heavier than a cup of tea and unable to walk long distances.

So what do I do about this. Well, I’ve caught up on posting some past projects on here and I thought maybe I should start something new and document progress.

I’ve got a small piece of Box and a few knives and gouges to work with. So, this is my workshop/toolkit and material all taking up less space than a bottle of beer. The knife is an ex file that I have turned into a wharncliffe style carving knife, really hard and keeps an edge beautifully, then there are two small Ashley Iles gouges with stubby little handles and a Flexcut scorp. Finally I have a lovely little carving set that I bought from Cape Forge Tools

Alright, lets see what I can manage from this little lot. I would normally look at sketch type carvings like this little “Valentines Mouse” which I did for my wife earlier this year but I’m keen to do something a bit more serious. I might go for a pendant or perhaps another flower.

-- Trev's Lakeland carvings - When the knife slips where will it go?

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 03:46 PM

^ Very cool mouse carving, nice work.

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 04:47 PM

Hope you are on the mend, and feeling bewtter after the surgery….I know what it’s like to be down and can’t do what you want to do in the shop….Just take it easy and move slow….lol…..The little mouse looks good…I’ve never tried carving, but it looks like a good “filler” for when you can’t be in your shop…But I sure can whittle, and make plenty of chips that way…..I’ve got a pocket knife that my grandpa gave me when i was about 14-15….I’mm 66 now, and still have it…..The last time I looked at it, that sucker was still plenty sharp….....

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 04:50 PM

Nice tools and work. Take it easy on the recovery. No need to push too hard and extend the period of recovery.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 06:56 PM

Guess it’s just part of the joys of maturing—which, by the way is not for sissies! Your carvings are very nice and I’m enjoying your posts. Also, thanks for sharing your source on Cape Forge Tools—they look like they have some really neat items. Best wishes on your recovery, and just keep hanging in there.

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