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A very good client of mine asked me to carve my version of one of his dearest friends. He didn't care about how I interpreted the pictures he gave me, he just wanted what I had to offer. He said I could be as creative as I like and take whatever approach I wanted. I decided to place "Donald" in a block of kiln-dried Curly Maple. I knew that this wood holds detail very well, but what I forgot was how hard of a species this wood is to carve- Jeesh! This stuff about wore me down :) It's amazing how we can look like 10 different people based on 10 different pictures. Every expression that we make is unique to ourself. I am quite pleased with the way that Donald turned out, and I hope that my client and Donald are pleased as well. A good day to all :)

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Wow. looks great! I am interested in learning to carve. Do you have resources on where to start?
 

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Thanks Scootles. I suppose it depends on what type of carving you would like to do. Some people use carving knives for chip carving and hand carvings. I hand carve using rotary hand tools- more specifically, a Foredom. Find the types of carvings that you like, then figure out what type of tools are used to create those carvings…... I just one day ordered my Foredom and some of the accessories and began cutting wood- notice I didn't say "carving" because it was not carving in the beginning :) I hope this helps. Best of luck!
 

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Thank you very much, Freddy1962 aka JEFF :)
 

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The creation comes from the brain so it doesn't really much matter what tool you use.
 

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If I were your friend's client, I would be flattered. Very good work
 

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Very nice.
About tools. You can do the same woodcarvings with different tool. the difference is on the time you need to achieve the same result.
 

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I am at the cutting stage, maybe with time I will be a carver. I'll just follow your leads Josh and other fellow L/J's
 
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