I tried my hand at carving

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Project by ScaryDAve posted 10-14-2010 09:11 PM 2259 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted here in a couple of years but during that time I thought I would give wood carving a try.

After reading a little here and there, grabbed some cheep carving tools off of Ebay and picked up a rotozip with the extension cable which resembles a Dremel. I used various carbide bits to remove the material as well as some of the palm held carving chisels I bought on Ebay. I burned up on Dremel trying to learn but the rotozip has held up fairly well other than having to replace the inner cable once.

I am sure there are far better tools for doing this faster and more effectively but I went with as cheap as possible at first while I decided if I was going to continue doing it.

These are walking sticks I carved out of red cedar branches. There is certainly no shortage of these in the area I live in (South West Missouri) so it was the obvious choice for free materials. The non carved parts are sanded from 60 grit – 600 grit and shaped with a draw knife on a shave horse. The finish was a few coats of linseed oil and then 2 coats of wax.

Each one took me 2 or 3 hours I would say. Sometimes more. I seemed to be getting faster at it as I progressed and learned.

I made quite a few more than pictured here. In the end they were all sold. They didn’t move well on Ebay so I sold some in a local hardware store and others at a crafty festival kinda thing. The Elvis one sold within days of completing it by word of mouth.

They have the mark of my single page website on them but it doesn’t offer anything for sale. Mostly it shows things I sold in the past. I would love to someday make a full time living at furniture and carving but at the moment it’s a pretty tough sell where I live.

I would greatly appreciate any comments or advice from other carvers who I could possibly learn from.


-- Failures are successes in training.

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 10:33 PM

Nicely done! I like the contrast between the red and white and I really like the little hats on the first two…. I may have to borrow that idea! I try to use my web page as a store front, and my biggest sales have come from people who saw my work online. But most of my sales are to people I have physically met. I think, for me, that my market for sales is not going to be the ordinary folks who live around me…. it’s going to be people who have more disposable income for to pay for hand-made items, and the trick is to get them to look at stuff and contact me. Not a great sales strategy, but I ‘m more interested in making things than in making a living at it.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 12:25 AM

Yup very cool, the second one is my fav

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 09:25 PM

mpounders Use it all ya like man, it’s wasn’t my idea. Another carver told me about it and I tried it out. The hair on the heads just didn’t feel smooth enough for a hand so I been using hats ever since. Cept for Elvis who’s hair basically is a hat lol

-- Failures are successes in training.

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 09:58 PM

Nice the red nose shows he is well enebriated , did you rub him down with an alcohol finish LOL I like it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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