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Bob Gnann

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#1 posted 03-11-2021 03:39 AM

I’ve been carving for about three years and I just want to relate some of my experiences. Not trying to be preaching.
First I would recommend you join a local carving group. And/or take some basic lessons. I go every week to our local senior center for our two hours of fun and learning. Carving is a great social experience. Have some fun!
Second don’t get caught up in buying lots of tools right off the bat. Most basic carving can be done with a few simple short knives. See what others are using, maybe ask to borrow for a few minutes. Don’t buy the big set. You’ll probably not use half of what is there.
Third, learn to sharpen your tools. It’s basic to every level of carving. The better you keep your tools sharpened the more you’ll enjoy carving. Sharpening by hand is my preferred method. Just saying.
Lastly, start off with some easy projects. A simple small character, a beer coaster with a logo, etc. Don’t try to tackle that masterpiece you saw somewhere. That took some one years to master . Everyone started out learning the basics first. Small successes will lead to bigger better results.
Oh, and always wear your safety gloves! Carving is not a blood sport!

-- Bob Gnann

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