Working in central London as I have been for the past 5 years, I draw a lot of inspiration from some of the architecture and history that I walk past every day. So many of my fellow commuters just rush along either glued to their mobile phones or staring at the pavement. Sometimes I want to scream at them to LOOK UP! There is so much beauty around us (both natural and man-made) that can invigorate us and brighten our day if we only let it. I have seen a lot of amazing carving on my travels (m...
It’s been awhile since my last blog on carving Jesus, the reason is it takes forever to carve in the details on his 6’-2” frame. Carving in the details is my favorite part of carving, it takes longer only because I’m being very cautious not to make a mistake. Plus it would be sad to see a grown man cry for a two week period. lol Here are a few pictures of detailing the Hands, Arms, Face, and the Torso. of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Next I’m starting on the S...
Hi everyone, a few weeks ago a friend asked me these slices to use as Christmas ornaments and I took the opportunity to release the laser machine. So far I had cut the logs by freehand but this jig is very handy and works very well. Hope make more jigs for the bandsaw in the future because is very handy to save money in blades. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/dKV1M2XVJ2s Thanks for watching and be loving!
Following up on the current build… This next part is the carving process of the soundboard. Link to view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzTgu1dqCSU
View Video on YouTube A few months ago I made a slab coffee table. It was quite an undertaking! I have 3 other blog entries on LJ about this. The first one is on how I Flattened the Slab with a Router Jig The next one is on how I constructed the base The other one is on how and WHY I inlaid the stars in the top. I also have a blog article on my website about how I did the Carving and Texturing on the Tree Trunk Base The video in This entry is an overview of the ENTIRE ...
This is definitely the most difficult carving for me so far in my life. I’m learning a ton and getting in good shape doing something that I love to do. Using a plum bob is an excellent way to find depth points to re-ensure that I don’t carve to deep. On the face alone using 37 different points to locate important depths to match up crucial face details. The face is not fully detailed I will go back and detail after the arms and hands have been sized then I will glue on the arm...
Hi fellow LJs. I must say that in my first couple of months here, I have learned a lot. This place is a wealth of knowledge and good ideas, and maybe some not too good ideas. But hey, we are all adults here, and we share our triumphs and defeats, good ideas and bad(if there really is such a thing), as well as good deals, trade secrets, and all other things woodworking. So I found a steal of a deal on the hardwood rough sawn lumber over the weekend. My excitement poured over on the insid...
I recently unpacked a set of 6 small carving tools (no maker’s marks) that I had purchased at a carving show several years ago. These poor little tools had obviously been abused, but I figured that they could be brought back to life with a little care and patience. I really would have had difficulty cutting my finger with them. Here’s what they looked like, complete with fairly coarse grinder marks. So, the time came to work on these, and all it took was 3 steps.1. I did a fairly ...
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Making a mallet on the lathe with some laminated oak and cherry. YouTube link. SUBSCRIBE! NEW VIDEOS ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
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