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Playing Around with Carving #2: ZOMG! Knife to wood

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I finally have most things together and sat down to play some. I wanted to do some simple 3 corner chips. I started by sanding a practice board to 220 grit. I reviewed Marty’s video and then drew out the pattern. Drawing the pattern was harder than I anticipated. I need a better mechanical pencil and possibly a better metric ruler. 2mm and 4mm was much smaller than I anticipated. The drawing was a little uneven, but I really did not worry about it. I was mainly hoping to get a feel for the knife.

I definately have more appreciation for the process. Getting the knife to cut strait and make consistent chips is not nearly as easy as it appears in the videos.

Like anything this is going to take practice. I will get some more time to play over the weekend.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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Don W

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#1 posted 1174 days ago

I don’t see any blood stains so … so far so good!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#2 posted 1174 days ago

Way to go Wayne, keep at it. It’s on my to do list too. I’ve read both of Wayne barton’s books and watched his DVD, but that’s as far as I’ve got so far as I don’t have time to take it further at the moment. I’ll be watching with interest.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Karson

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#3 posted 1174 days ago

great way to learn a new skill

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mafe

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#4 posted 1174 days ago

Look like you will the skill I lack the most: patience.
Good luck on it, when I saw the title I was also afraid you had cut your self.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1174 days ago

Don, No cuts so far. I’m being real careful.

Andy, I think sometime getting started is the hard part. I need to force the habit of setting aside some time to do it.

Thanks Karson. I’m hoping to add a bunch of carving related skills that I can use to incorportate in my overall woodworking.

Mads, We will see how my patience holds and if I stick to it. I need to prove to myself that I will stick to it. I have my eye on a nice set of carving chisels that I am resisting buying until I know I will keep at it. They are your favorite brand.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#6 posted 1174 days ago

No bleeding it’s a good thing.

-- Dale, Ohio

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Don W

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#7 posted 1174 days ago

Here is the extent of my carving endeavors. A few leaves behind the checkering. I’m not even sure it counts, but sometime motivation come from strange places.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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WayneC

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#8 posted 1174 days ago

Dale, yes it is. If it were not for the concerns about getting cut, I would have started with whittling.

Don, I think it counts. Nice rifle.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 1173 days ago

Very tricky work Wayne with great result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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WayneC

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#10 posted 1173 days ago

Thanks for the kind words Grumpy, I have a long way to go to master this.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 1172 days ago

Great start Wayne. Good luck. To me its all in the way you hold your knife.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#12 posted 1167 days ago

Great start Wayne, check out the Fox Publishing book called Whittling

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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WayneC

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#13 posted 1166 days ago

Thanks Dave and Rustic.

I will check out the book. I have a class next sunday to do some relief carving.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 1162 days ago

Wayne, how do you like those knives? I saw them on ebay and they look like a good deal.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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WayneC

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#15 posted 1162 days ago

I like the Hock knives, though I really do not have something to compare them with. The blade style is a little different than a standard chip carving knife.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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