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Gun Stock Carving # 3 #1: A daisy BB gun stock

01-11-2012 06:35 AM by Jimthecarver | 8 comments »

My father-n-law sent me his BB gun stock for practice. Although the wood in these stocks are very soft it had its challenges nevertheless.After scribing the design on the stock I began to carve inside the banner area to relieve it so the banner looks correct and raised.After that i began on the banner itself, relieving the outter edge and making the folds more apparentThen I started stippling the area that was relieved inside the banner. Finally it was time to start on the gator and releave ...

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"Automaton" #2: body work

01-06-2012 01:00 AM by mpounders | 4 comments »

I’m trying to catch up on my posting and keep these in the sequence that I made them. I cut the body out of some thicker wood and then added the legs. Check out those boots! They’ll look snazzy when I get them painted. The arms will be fixed in place, but I still have some more carving to do on them. The right hand will be a separate piece that is movable also. Thanks for looking. There may be some resemblance to me, at least in the last pose!

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"Automaton" #1: starting out

01-06-2012 12:44 AM by mpounders | 2 comments »

I made something similar to this several years back and wanted to do an improved version since my carving skills have improved a bit. I am also a big fan of Wanda Sowery and others who make these wonderful machines. I drew up some sketches of the figures I wanted for this and I have started carving them out. This is the face I came up with. The hat is a separate piece of wood that is glued on. More to come!

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"Carving a Tree Spirit" #3: Cottonwood Bark

12-30-2011 06:03 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

First, you need some bark! You can buy cottonwood bark by the pound and get some really great wood, that is much thicker and wider than what I found in my neighborhood. Or, you may find your own, if you live further north than I do! Look for a tree with thick ragged bark, or the cotton-like flowers(?) when it blooms. Look for dry bark that has fallen off or a tree that is dead. I collected several garbage bags full from a tree that was struck by lightning. I washed mine and scrubbed with a ny...

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"Carving a Tree Spirit" #2: Beard and Eyes

12-27-2011 05:28 AM by mpounders | 6 comments »

We left off with the mustache and lip sketched in. I use the knife to outline the mustache with a straight-up stop cut and then make angled cuts up to that cut, so that the mustache is higher than the beard. Then use the knife to round over the edges of the mustache. Draw the lower lip in again and then cut out a c-shaped section underneath. Make a deep shallow cut between the mustache and upper part of the lip. A shallow cut makes the mouth look slightly open, while a rounder shape gi...

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"Carving a Tree Spirit" #1: Face and Nose

12-24-2011 10:49 PM by mpounders | 8 comments »

I took up carving because I was so impressed with a wood spirit I saw at a craft show, and I still work on them, even though other subjects have caught my attentions. Tree spirits and greenmen have been part of folklore and traditions through many ages and cultures. I have carved them as wall hangings, spoons, canes, and free standing pieces out of primarily found wood of different species. This tutorial will start with a small piece suitable for a cane or staff, but the techniques apply to a...

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I think its a plane ? #1: what is this..

12-22-2011 01:17 AM by jaylost | 22 comments »

So Im shuffling through some junk and I find this ” plane” with oak burr’s stuck in the blade. Any ideas of what its used for ? Has the word Loncrumb stamped on it along with Casey & Co auburn ny .. the blade is curved on the end as is the wood itself.

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Small stuff for Christmas

12-16-2011 05:58 PM by mpounders | 7 comments »

Since I have completed all my major holiday committments, I have just been working on fun things! I am getting some parts for Christmas to re-model my power honer, so I have been cutting out some disks and doing some glue-ups to prepare for that. I plan to make the full 4 disk Burke style sharpener and I hope to use the existing motor I have, but it may not have enough power. I carved this small angel from a Shawn Cipa pattern for a lady at church and will do a larger version as a tree topper...

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Having the right tools

12-13-2011 08:05 PM by Nighthawk | 11 comments »

Those few of you that follow my mere attempts to be a wood worker will know I have fun doing it no matter how the project turns out. Whether it works out great or an failed attempt. Or whether it is a biggish project like the coffin or a small one like the cribbage board. Having the right tools for the job can make things so much easier, yes I will agree with that statement. However as we all know you don’t always have the right tool or all the tools you require or want to have in yo...

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camphor tray thing #1: Camphor Laurel tray thing

12-10-2011 04:16 PM by Pete | 2 comments »

A while ago I picked up a Carbatec carving miner, then of course promptly got buried under a bunch of other projects and forgot all about it. I’ve just started working at a new place and they do a secret santa gift exchange for christmas. Since I detest shopping I was staring at my wood shelf and wondering what I could make with my current limited setup. Well, turns out I had a chunk of camphor laurel sitting there. When using the angle grinder this morning to cut some steel I had...

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