See if you can guess what I am carving on! I’ll put the answer at the bottom of this post. Some friends approached me about making a housewarming present for a new music director at our church. The wood appears to be spruce. It carves like cedar, in that it is soft but splinters easily, sands easily, and it doesn’t really have the color or smell of cedar. I have always wanted to get better at relief carvings, especially wildlife, with the hopes of some day carving a few gunsto...
I got the burning completed this morning. Lots of little scales! They are easy to do, but it is important that they be going the right direction and I change sizes in different areas to indicate more flexibility or bends. I sprayed it with water to judge how it will look with a finish.. pear really is an attractive wood! I won’t be able to work on it for several days, so I should have plenty of time to decide whether to paint it or not. My original plan was to paint, primarily becau...
In this episode: Expanding my lumber storage Part two. My old rack nolonger meets the needs of my shop. I Need more space.
In this episode: Expanding my lumber storage. My old rack no longer meets the needs of my shop. I Need more space.
I got the shape all blocked out and carved. I ran into a few insect holes, but I filled them and a few checks where the limbs were with some epoxy putty. I decided I would carve the eyes rather than order some glass ones. I’ve been wanting to try a technique I’ve heard others mention using epoxy to give them a realistic look. Here you can see the size of the carving and stick. It is not a tall stick, but you can rest your hand on the end or hold it slightly below the top. ...
I need a Bench I don’t have a Bench except for my wee carving one Many Shop projects have one thing in common They don’t get finished and get put on hold I know, I’ve started selecting timber for the bench many times It oddly becomes part of a customers order This time however I’m expecting an overseas visit from a fellow Lumberjock When? I dont know yet, I only found out today Who? Well until I find out the date, let me keep that a se...
I Finally got some time to work on the Bench today ! woo hoo ! I scraped and sanded the top and bevelled the bottom half of the seat, I did it all manually with a smoother planer, block planer, and a japanese saw. The supports for the Cross braces for the Beams turned out nice, I love to do it by hand, it is so much fun! and it looks really nice, pictures tomorrow. I am building the Cross beams right now and I am not to sure about the design yet, I like it but it’s just not complete to ...
OK, previously I did chip-carving on the box’s lid of The Manggo Box (box made out of manggo wood). That was too basic – just a series of straight lines. Now I wanted to try something a bit complex and challenging – “Grape Cluster” I saw this image at Osborne Wood Product Inc. After spending an hour or so, I felt sleepy…and could not clearly see the pencil lines. Sometime did not follow the drawing. I combined two grapes into one…and made ma...
Hello fellow sawdust-heads. Three lovely ladies ready to ship out in a few days. Thought you might like to see them. There are more pictures on my Facebook page. The two outer rockers are walnut, and the middle one is Tiger Maple (the quilting is awesome, even though the picture doesn’t show it). Cheers!
For the longest time I’ve wondered how to answer that question ‘how much is it?’ How do you judge that? I’ve finally gotten down to the point where I’m going to have to just start being a little OCD and start writing it down. Thus far it’s been working ok; I’ve got a couple of celtic crosses I need to carve for a couple of weddings I’ve been invited to. Being that the wood, this time, was free I can concentrate on what it is I do to it…...
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