wanted tips for wood carving

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Blog entry by Frankie Velasco posted 07-17-2013 06:03 PM 966 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello I started a carving project a few months ago and I got stuck . I never done any carving before and need some tips on where to begin.

-- Frankie, California,

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 06:16 PM

I’ve done a little woodcarving but I’m not all that good at it. However, I keep on trying to improve and get better. Go to wood carving illustrated and look around. Join their forum but don’t forget about Lumberjocks either. I will tell you what the best advice I can give you is – don’t let your mind pay any attention to the fact that you think you are stuck. Don’t allow yourself to think negative thoughts about wood carving. Every time that you carve you will learn if you think about it in a positive way. Take a look at chip carving and whittling. Sometimes they are a good starting point and you don’t need many tools. It’s also important to learn how to sharpen your tools well enough because dull tools are not only dangerous they are a great source for negative thinking. Just remember to think positively and get it in your head that you can do it. Once you get a positive attitude there is no better substitute for learning to carve than practice. You might check to see if there are any carving clubs around you or a woodworking store that gives beginner classes too. Good luck. I’m telling you that you can learn how to carve well enough to at least enjoy it if you really want to. This is just my two cents.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#2 posted 07-17-2013 09:30 PM

Look at these links and join a local carving club if there is one in your area:
the parent page for the above link has many useful links
These should all get you off to a good start. Enjoy!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 04:27 AM

Chris has a very good, instructional web site.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Frankie Velasco

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 04:48 AM

Thank you all for the replies. That helps.

-- Frankie, California,

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