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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 971 days ago 1062 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“A good woodspinner can make between 1000 and 2000 raw animals a day” -WOW

I find it clever that he first spins a wheel to the rough shape of an animal and then cuts a whole bunch of the same shape from that. Look how long those shavings are! So maybe 1000 to 2000 a day is doable for a pro, but I’d probably take too long making that initial wheel shape I’d think.

Centuries-old Christmas craftsmanship thrives in seiffen, Germany

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN



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AaronK

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#1 posted 971 days ago

woah that is a pretty cool technique.

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 971 days ago

I would have never thought to do it that way.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 971 days ago

me neither. its genius though. what kind of wood do you think that is? basswood? it looks really soft…

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Eric_S

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#4 posted 971 days ago

Not sure Aaron. I just want to know why my shavings aren’t that long.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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AaronK

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#5 posted 971 days ago

i dunno, i havent done enough (ie any) lathe work to be able to tell. if the grain cooperates, wont shavings just be as long as you’ve applied pressure for?

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Eric_S

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#6 posted 971 days ago

Possibly. I dont do enough large turnings to know. I also haven’t used the skew chisel that much yet.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 971 days ago

I enjoyed that, Eric. Thanks.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Moron

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#8 posted 971 days ago

Great tip,……..bookmarked

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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bevins587

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#9 posted 971 days ago

I watched that and it seems simple the way they start with the blanks of the animals after the lathe…..even though I’m sure it isn’t that simple. Nice video though.

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Eric_S

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#10 posted 971 days ago

I agree it appears simple to get the raw shape, but clever to mass produce them that way. I’m sure it takes lots of skill though.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#11 posted 971 days ago

clever way of starting the carving making a kind of a bowl/ring in endgrain and the just a little shop
with a sharp iron :-)

I think its a kind of elm wood some of them are soft

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Donna Menke

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#12 posted 970 days ago

Many wood carvings in Europe are made in linden wood. This is a cool technique. Long shavings like that are usually the result of using green wood- not fully dry.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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