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#1 posted 04-02-2013 04:14 PM

Carving is awesome, to me, when compared to all other woodworking it is pure peace and joy, and the closest one can get to wood not only as a material, but as a living creature. You’ll get education on tree species right away.. how walnut carves compared to bloodwood, or maple. You’ll know wood grain like no other woodworking can give you.. you’ll find each board is unique and beautiful and sometimes a pure PITA… it’s like having a conversation rather than working.

Most of all.. it is about sharp tools… any kind…any shape… it just has to be sharp, sharp, sharp.

You’ll learn about metal hardness… sharpening processes… how an angle gets you the best cut in just the right way. You’ll learn about your body and hands. How to stand, when to move yourself or move the piece. Find those strange angles where the wood grain and the tool, and your hand seems frustratingly impossible to get right. You’ll discover cyanoacrylate glue is your best friend. You will poke and make small cuts all over yourself a hundred times. and again why super glue is your best friend.

In my opinion, learning carving gives you the best tool in the shop.. your head. you’ll know why wood does what it does and how blades cut it. In the end you will only use power tools because they are faster, but you’ll know how they actually do their job much better. But be careful because carving makes you a small wood piece collector.. and it makes you see things differently.. and you can become interested in trees as material… and how and when to use them the best for your carvings. Carving teaches you how to do everything else in woodworking… better.

Yet, in a lot of ways carving is a no brainer…learning comes from doing.. doing makes you better… you learn more and better ways… and then you become addicted because you can do it anywhere, any time. A piece of wood and a knife. In the shop, on the front porch, in the living room, on vacation. LOL I started with old chisels I curved on a grinder and small screw drivers I sharpened to a point… I still use them, even tough I have much better tools today.

So just do it and welcome to the quiet side of woodworking. :)

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