Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'basswood'

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It's an action figure....

06-30-2011 06:57 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

nope, it’s a doll. I’m still practicing female faces, only this is a smaller model, which does add to the difficulty a bit. It is a lot harder to detail and being a millimeter off here makes abigger differnce than on a larger carving. But this is a “useful” carving, a toy that can be played with or collected. It is a little over six inches tall, from basswood, and is based on the classic “Hitty” doll design. People collect these dolls and ...

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Almost ready to paint

03-08-2012 05:35 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

I’ve finished carving all the details and have almost finished burning them. The wood burner helps add shadows to the carved areas and also helps to keep different colors of paint in different sections from bleeding into each other. I don’t set it high enough to blacken the wood; I want it to cut the wood and slightly brown it. I can use a knife to scrape or cut areas that are too dark and I may hit it with a bristle sander also, to reduce the contrast. You can see in this picture...

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Christmas Box Build Off Winners

12-09-2012 01:31 AM by WoodJediNTraining | 5 comments »

Here are the winners of the Christmas Box Build Off. If you would like to see all the entries please visit Christmas Box Build Off Contest

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How to Make a Ball-Jointed Doll in Wood

10-27-2015 06:37 PM by Donna Menke | 5 comments »

At long last, my latest booklet, How to Make a Ball-Jointed Doll in Wood, is finished and available. After a year of trials and errors I have made a darn good set of plans and instructions for my 7” ball-jointed doll. The booklet is 48 pages long- more a mini-book than a booklet- and has 120 full-color step-by-step photos as well as 6 pages with full-sized plans and assembly diagrams. Go to my web site to order your download:

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"a Hunter's Cane" - carving the leaves and deer

04-28-2011 04:59 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

After transferring my design to the basswood, I started carving by using a #11 veiner to outline the leaves and deer. I then remove the background using a #3 and use different knives to start shaping and undercutting. I use #9s and #11s to add some shape to the leaves. At this point, I am only leaving the central stem of the leaf and will either burn the other veins or possibly use a burnishing tool. I use a blue stone and a ruby bit to sand out some of the areas in the leaves. I start...

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"Automaton" #8: cowboy boots

01-24-2012 06:36 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

I’m continuing the painting portion of this toy. I’ve stained and finished all the mechanical pieces and almost have the man painted and ready for assembly. One of the elements important to me was the boots. I have several other carvings planned with boots, so I wanted to try something detailed, as far as the appearance of the boots. I did some research and thought this guy would look good in some Lucchese lizard-skin boots! I spent about 3 hours drawing and burning the designs on...

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My New Score at an Auction!

11-01-2009 12:55 AM by OregonBurls | 5 comments »

I just got a lot of neet tools at an auction today. Just wanted to share with you.In dont need the wood rasps so if any one wants to make an offer I would sure entertain one. There are 8 files I won’t be keeping. Also I threw the Makita sharpener on ebay. I already have one.I got the scoll saw for $60 with the stand! I am excited! Does any one know what it is worth?!!!

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"Carving a Santa Ornament" #1: Starting out

11-01-2011 06:06 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

Several people made some nice comments about some ornaments I posted and there seemed to be a little interest in a mini-tutorial on how to carve them. Santas are pretty easy to carve, since everyone has some familiarity with the subject and Santa is easy to recognize with just a few key features. This style is particularly easy to make since the eyes are covered. A carver named Don Worley may have invented this style, called “no-see-ums”, but I just make them up without following ...

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Wooden Spoon Material Experiment

08-13-2014 01:55 AM by bobkberg | 5 comments »

My wife loves her wooden spoons, but after many years, they warp and crack and eventually fall apart. So I started wondering what the best material to make a wooden spoon out of might be. I bought 10 small samples of hardwoods and cut them all to roughly the size that could serve as the bowl of a wooden spoon. So I have 10 pieces of wood roughly 5” long, 2 1/2” wide and 7/16” thick. I started with those and put them into a large stock pot with 4 gallons of water a...

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Stationary box, chip carving #3: Carving is done, ready for finish

05-03-2011 06:15 PM by MyChipCarving | 5 comments »

The carving is finished on this stationary box and I added some texture to the corner designs.I’m toying with the idea of texturing the oval border shapes on the front and top.What do you think?

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