Good communication is important to the success of many things. But terms and acronyms used in one setting may mean something completely different elsewhere. I heard a lot of unfamiliar words when I first started carving and continue to broaden my vocabulary, thanks to friendly carvers around the world. It took me awhile to figure out that BLO referred to boiled linseed oil used by some as a finish! So I thought I would write a bit to explain a few terms used, that might be of benefit to a beg...
Granny’s old, broken down, rusted, wobbly and totally unsafe stair case.This thing had to go, stat! Granny’s new, bigger, better, oak and pressure treated lumber stair case.Solid as a rock .(She loves it. Got me a big hug !)lol Just trying to earn those extra Granny prayers! Have a great day!
I roughed out another spoon today. I was trying a different handle shape to get a feel for it. Playing with some curves. Also, I’m looking for good ways get a better finish on the spoon bowl. I tried sanding some. I need to get better at making smooth cuts to reduce the work required to finish the spoons. I am thinking of getting some curved knives. That or I need a wider/flatter bent neck gouge. I am thinking of a knife simlar to one of the curved ones from Pinewood For...
Almost one year ago I posted on this blog a notice telling you that I got a woodcarving student, Mr. Luiz Flavio Rocha Gomes, who works for the Brazilian state oil company. In addition to his professional activity he is probably one of the busiest men – as well as one of the well endowed artisans – I have ever seen. At that time I posted photos of his work in progress which was expected by me to be completed soon. However, Luiz Flavio got so busy that he almost dis...
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...
We have just invested in a Legacy Artisan 5 axis Milling Machine. Still learning learning it but it is fairly easy. The working deck is 72” x 24” and has the ability to turn tapered spindles.It is fun!
Just a little video I shot today of the gantry router doing rough cutting on a little project. Maybe tomorrow I will finish it and show you what it eventually turns out to be. I had a long day today and wanted an easy and pretty quick project to work on so I grabbed this 3d model I had played with over the weekend.
Soon, I will be releasing a documentary on the evolution, history and the making of a Rocker Cradle. Although I’d love to take credit for the original concept, the idea was actually a bit before my time, circa 1700’s. Hope you enjoy the clip…
Perhaps a good design for coasters that will hold those beer bottles! Keeping the knife in a near vertical position where the stems cross over will help to keep tear out to a minimum.
Once I have the main forms roughed in, the fun begins with doing the details. This is my favorite part, since things really start to look good, to come into focus. Ususally, this part also goes pretty quick, in part because I think I get so involved with it that I ignore everything else and just zoom right through it. And since it is the fun part, sometimes carvers like to get right to this part instead of doing all of the important things that lead up to it. It is real important to block ...
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