I have been teaching myself the art of carving since my wife came home with a copy of “Woodcarving Illustrated” this summer. I started out with a trusty Buck pocket knife and have grown to a Japanese 5 piece detail set and a Flexcut bench knife.
Since I am new at this I had not run out and purchased basswood, butternut or anything else. I have a box full of scrap 2×4, 2×2, and 1×2 pine to play with. I have found that pine is way to lose grained for some carvings.
I have some scrap red oak in box my box of goodies as well. I have found that I don’t have the time to pump up, to look like Hulk Hogan, to push through the oak.
Anyway, this is basically a rant on pine. I love it for lots of things I make because of my romance with the Old West. I dislike it because when carving and with one little slip “ohhh, sugar!”
This piece was an off shoot of Snowdog’s, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2656. It had a bit of checking that I did not think was very deep or would cause problems as the piece progressed, WRONG!
Live and learn!
Off my box and back to work!
p.s. In the background is a Santa from the latest Woodcarving Illustrated and a Snowman of my own desire.
p.p.s. Yes they are both Pine. Wish me luck!