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I did this a year ago. The snowman was my first attempt at carving. I used a “2x something” chunk of bass wood, a pocket knife and looked at a picture. I found a piece of basswood a little thicker for the pumpkin, my second carving, and went to Woodcrafter. I found a carving knife I was comfortable with and went to work making wood chips. The carving knife was a bit easier than the pocket knife. I think the hardest part was learning how to sharpen a blades. I say “learning” as if it were past tense it is not :). I have been working on my sharpening skills for two years off and on. What a fun tedious, difficult, meditative, frustrating, rewarding process it has been. I have a long way to go with sharpening but I am gaining skill at it. I sharpened my kitchen knives last week, yeah, my kitchen knives and was reasonable happy with the result. So I am getting a little skill at it. My goal is to build/carve a manger for Christmas. I never said what year that would be just a goal :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 07-24-2007 01:32 PM

well I’m impressed!!!
well done

and when you get the sharpening process figured out, can you come and show me?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 07-24-2007 07:07 PM

Very neat snow man and pumkin. I’m iching to see your new carvings. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 07-25-2007 09:59 AM

Good job on the snowman and pumpkin. I’ve always admired you carving guys abilities. I look at a block of wood and only see a block of wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 07-25-2007 12:38 PM

You’re off to a good start. They both turned out real nice.
A sharp knife makes carving much more enjoyable, & satisfying.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 07-25-2007 02:34 PM

Nicely done, I’ve yet to try carving.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 07-25-2007 04:03 PM

As Don says, I’ve also yet to try carving. It’s something that I think I’d like to do. However, if it’s done by shaping and cutting wood, then I’m probably going to like to do it. Great carvings!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 06-12-2008 01:52 PM

I really like the pumkin. It has a lot of character.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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