My first carving

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Project by swdst posted 01-31-2019 03:57 AM 542 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a couple years of turning down commissions because “i can’t carve”, i decided to shake that mentality and give it a shot. I did a practice run before the one pictured and was happy enough that I figured if I could get a babysitter, and just take my time, it would turn out good enough. I only have a couple carving tools, and no idea how to use them other than what logically looks right. This was mostly straight lines, so most of the work I did with my bench chisels. I have to admit, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, and makes a nice accent on my new leg vise chop. As always, thanks for taking the time to look at my meager (and often laughable) attempts at joining the ranks that I hold a lot of my fellow lumberjocks.

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour

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#1 posted 01-31-2019 04:15 AM

AGAIN===WAY to pretty to use!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 01-31-2019 07:01 AM

Impressive…very small details!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-31-2019 05:34 PM

Good start.
That is my kind of carving….geometric design. When it comes to doing 3D carving I personally am at a total loss. I tried doing some relief carving and even that was not very good. I think getting some instructions would be a great help and reduce the learning curve.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-31-2019 06:42 PM

Looks great – I wouldn’t mind looking at that every time I used the vise!

-- Tim, Delaware, and YouTube:

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#5 posted 02-01-2019 12:34 AM

A good start for your woodcarving ambitions. It also demonstrates that you don’t need a lot of fancy carving tools to do some nice designs. That woven (Celtic) pattern can be pushed deeper and looser and more curved:

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#6 posted 02-01-2019 01:44 AM

Thanks Phil, in person the knots are curved, just doesn’t look like it in the pics, I cut them square with bench chisles, then used a sweep gouge that matched the profile and used it like a chisle to shape the edges

-- The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for. Louis L'Amour

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#7 posted 02-01-2019 05:42 AM

nice clean cuts.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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