Yes,,,,,,,, I said routing in the carvings. I’d much rather carve something by hand, but I’m quickly running out of time. I took a piece of 3/4 FC walnut scrap and made a routing template the correct size. I’ll use a plunge router to rout out the area needed for the carvings. I purchased the carvings out of cherry, but they will color and match the rest of the walnut just fine. Here’s the template all set up and clamp in place ready to go. I made the routing ...
When things become confusing, and I’m talking about the design aspect now as I have yet to begin this project, the shop gets quiet. My mind scopes the shop in search of something. A piece of material? A jig? Anything that can “push” me in the direction I need to go. Does my piece require the use of my leigh jig? Maybe I should start with the material instead of thinking about the process first. I search through the pile of wood looking for figure, something that stands out...
If you found this page by searching for something related to Native American Indian Carved Walking canes, you might also like to see these finished canes I’ve made: Apache Geronimo Cane Cherokee Chief & Blackfoot Chief Curly Bear Cane Set Apache Cochise Cane Apache Chief Cochise #2 Cane Shoshone Chief Cane Indian Guides Chief Big-Red-Cloud Hiking Stick This blog entry is for showing a new concept sketch of a carved walking cane design that I am working on so that...
I decided at the very start of my woodworking adventures to keep close track of any injuries I managed to incur, in part out of curiosity—knowing that it’s a hobby notorious for its danger, at least in comparison to most other hobbies—and in part because I want to identify where I go wrong, so I can address the problematic action(s).So far, I’m up to 13 cuts. Of these, the breakdown by source is as follows: 1, flush-cut saw. 1, paint scraper. 1, bow saw. 1, ch...
Hi All, I’m a new member here, so I figured I’d post a bit about myself. I’m a wood carver from New Jersey in the USA, and I’ve been carving full time for a little over 4 years. I have a small retail store where I sell my work, and I’m just now starting to explore selling my carvings online. A new project for me is starting up carvinglife.com. Carvinglife has been a dream of mine for a while, after so many people have asked “how do you do that wit...
A few years back Fine Woodworking magazine did an article that gave me a new inspiration. That was to utilize space on a piece of furniture that would otherwise be wasted and install a secret compartment. Now I don’t have sensative government documents I am hiding nor do I have priceless pieces of art I am trying to hide nor secret documents that once I give it to the press will make us feel differently about, let’s say, Coca Cola. I just felt inspired to try a new kind of chal...
I have always had a fascination with Pacific Northwest woodcarvings and a couple of weeks ago I was in Vancouver and had a chance to visit a few places to see these carvings up close. I first went to Hills Native Art store which, though a retail outlet, is more like a museum or art gallery. It has hundreds of pieces of contemporary Native woodcarvings. Next I had the chance to spend an afternoon in Stanley Park where the high point of my day was a visit to Totem Park. There are eight To...
My recent lumberjock postings of the walking cane work I have done recently has brought a lot of interest from folks wanting me to build them special, unique, elaborately detailed, walking canes and sticks. This new blog communicates the design process on one cane as I prepare to start the carving, and get approvals on the final design. The customer is a Youth Pastor, and needs to use a tall walking cane to support a bad knee. He and I have been designing this project for several weeks...
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DISCLAIMER: This article is based on personal experience and preference. I am not responsible for absolutely any personal damage, monetary loss or any “bad happenings” that came/come about through the outcome of this article. By reading this article you 100% agree to the terms of the previous statements. Again I am 100% NOT responsible for any bad mishaps that come about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Almost all woodworkers ...
Carving the curved letter section begins with the stop cut. I use a out cannel gouge that is close to the radius that has been layed out. If you don’t have an gouge close, you can work you centers down with a parting tool, or you can use the corner of your bench chisel to work carefully around the curve. when using your bench chisel, be aware of how deep your actualy cutting, just like before you can always clean up alittle deeper.I will try and work the curves in 1/4 sections (90 degre...
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