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Blog entry by sandyf posted 04-22-2013 09:06 PM 1136 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey im new to anything wood
but i have always wanted to carve.
Now seems the right time for some reason.

The only tools i have at the mo is a carvimg knife and some cheap chisels…oppps but yeah guess it takes a while to build your kit right !!

Ok so be kind to me please.
I found some wood yesterday whilst walking thewoods and started carving tgis shape.
Supposed to be a mouse

Well thats the start anyway.
Needs more work anyway

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 09:32 PM

Great start and welcome to lumberjocks

-- Joel

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 09:52 PM

Aside from a good creative vision, sharp carving tools are essential to a successful outcome.
Cheap tools tend to be made from cheap steel that won’t hold an edge very long.

Even so, there are a few items that you’ll need, even with great tools.
A good sharpening setup including a honing strop will help keep a good edge on your chisels.

My personal preference for carving chisels is Pfiel (Swiss Made), but there are likely many viable options in your neck of the woods.

LJ’s is a good place to pick up pointers.
Best of luck to you.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 10:07 PM

Nothing wrong with starting small.

Hang onto those “Cheap Knives” Regular and frequent sharpening makes for better sharpening skills. Most seasoned woodworkers will tell you that sharpening is one of those required skills.

Welcome t the fun!!

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 06:32 AM

i take on board everyones comments and am happy to learn from experienced carvers !

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 01:31 PM

Welcome to LJ Sandy. We all started out with one piece of wood just like yourself. I’m sure you will enjoy your journey and it will be interesting to see your work as you progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 02:18 PM

Here’s a nice little book to start carving with. These little guys are fun to carve for a beginner. Both of these are good beginner books.

This one has some nice patterns in it and Lora S Irish is a great artist, woodcarver, and teacher.

You might also like to take a look at chip carving. Your main tool is one chip carving knife and a ceramic sharpening stone. You can do some beautiful things with chip carving and you can simply do it anywhere because you can carry your stone and knife anywhere – think sitting on a bench in front of a beautiful lake in your favorite park while carving away. This also works with caracature carving. Have fun and welcome to Lumberjocks. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 02:23 PM

Sandy if you are truly interested in carving try to find a carving club that is local to you. Also Chris Pye is an outstanding countryman of yours and I believe if you search for his web site he offers classes online. Best regards. Larry

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 02:36 PM

I belonged to Chris Pye's website and can vouch for what Larry says here. Another nice wood carving site with teaching videos is Carvinonline and I belong to it. It has some good teaching videos. Marty, who is a fellow Lumberjock, has a nice chip carving website with some excellent training videos.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 05:41 PM

Wow thanku everyone i didnt know there was so much around to look at.
Ive been on the bbritish wood association web site and heard of chris pye.
I will look at these sites and books u all mention.
Thanks again for evryones advice


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#10 posted 04-24-2013 07:40 PM

Mousey its coming on slowly but i hope its taking shape.
But have decided to do something bigger that doesnt need so much detail. I think i was trying to do a small animal and put too much detail in (thats the artist in me coming out) but then i realised ineed to try bigger with less detail and keep it simple as im a beginner.

I told my dad im interested in doing carving etc and he gave me his work bench, jigsaw, and a multi tool he was pleased i started it up and coulsnt wait to give me his stuff that he no longer uses. So thanks dad im also getting some blocks of wood soon and ive got some books ordered off net.
Also looked at chris pyes tutorials thanks and on here.
I have come up with a plan for my next project….but its top secret haha !!

Thanks all

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#11 posted 04-27-2013 09:35 PM

I am.not doing anymore to this because the wood has a really big split in It

Have decided to leave it as it is and started on a new project instead

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 08:07 PM

Started carving this out of pine i got from local woods
was harder than i thought as im new to wood hehe

But i think its coming on slowly considering all i have is a haxk saw and a few chisels !

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