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I really like it!!!

I want to make one so I can display it proudly. Very cool
 

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Whittling - this art form always fascinated me. I recall reading about it in Mark Twain's Huck Finn and thinking, "Wow, that's cool make something with a Jack Knife and a hunk of wood! What could be simpler?"

Then I tried it a few time only to realize it took skill, and a sharp knife which I didn't own. Nor could I figure how to sharpen the one I had. So it was another one of those childhood fancies that disappeared into the vapors. Well it never really disappeared, because when I see your work, the memories come flooding back.

Thanks, Buckskin, for resurrecting an old memory by sharing your work - you've brightened my day.
 

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You are welcome Don and yes sharp tools are the key. Fortunately I learned how to sharpen knives long before I tried carving or whittling. The trick I think is once they are close to razor sharp is to strop them on in. For most everything else with knives I use a diamond steel and once they will shave hair I consider it done. Pick up a knife and a piece of scrap and go exploring. I think you will find its worth the time in relaxation alone.
 

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I have a neighbor whose wife thought his whittling was a waste of time.
I told him that he was doing double duty by mulching his yard at the same time.
 

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Sharpening is the hardest part of carving, at first, and I still don't have it right. I am close to getting it right but I can't get a consistent sharp edge yet.

It looks like you started out with the idea of seats (?) in your canoe and ended up with the open design :) That is one of the things I enjoy about the process, you can change your mind in the middle of a project, or the wood changes your mind .. or was it the knife that changed your mind <grin>, the point is that you can make adjustments as you go and have fun.

If you enjoy working with wood, it is something everyone should try at least once.
 

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Snowdog I think between the knife, the wood, and lack of experience is what made the seats get omited. You are right I was amazed how the project evolved.
 

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an excellent canoe buckskin!
i also thought i'd chime in on the sharpening bit. my brother is a bit of a knife aficionado and he's the one that introduced me to the Smith's Precision Sharpening System it is easy to get a hair shaving edge every time and maintain a constant angle, which is a very important part of knife sharpening. plus the kit is only about 20 bucks. i'm just a novice knife sharpist, but all my knives can shave. if any of ya'll try it out let me know what your experience is.
 

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I will check out the sharpening system. I am looking for a way to better sharpen chisels and plane irons. Thanks for the tip.
 

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I have seen them both and I think I like the Lee Valley Sharpener. But I as so cheap… Maybe for Christmass.
 
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