The Northern Colorado Wood Carvers 18th Annual Show is under way! The Judges have awarded the ribbons.I’m quite pleased with the results. My 3 horses took 3rd and my celtic cross 2nd in the woodworking class.My clydesdale head took 3rd in the scrollsaw class. Mike took 2nd in novice human with Sammantha. I got a few pics of the show. There were some really nice pieces here. My favorite was the fish carved by an older gentleman. He had 2 entered in the c...
When it comes to building boats, I guess after 30 years of it I am a professional, but as a hobby woodworker I’m pretty new. Boatbuilding has given me lots of skills and abilities with tools but the scale of projects and the individual manual skills required to make small cabinets and art furniture are totally different. I am a real beginner at this stuff and am having a ball trying to learn everything at once. I retired five and a half years ago, following which my wife and I rebuilt o...
Dear Fellows, People use to say that every Master’s dream is to be surpassed by his own Apprentice!So, the first and still sole person who interested in learning woodcarving with me gives me the full impression that he will make my dream come through very soon… I am very happy!His name is Luiz Favio Rocha Gomes who is an employee in the biggest Brazilian oil company, whose refinery is located in a nearby town. Despite the many activities he performs in his spare time, he st...
Now that we have the rough out, we can begin to shape the scoop. Don’t mind the hole in the scoop this piece is for reference only after we have the general shape that we want I took it over to the drill press and bored a 5/8ths inch hole to my desired depth Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, was just trying to get the best shot of the hole.The plan calls for a 1/4 inch #5 spoon gouge to carve the hole. (I don’t have one yet, so I used my dremel) This is ...
I should be completeing this cane in the next day or two, but it is pretty much completed for all practical purposes. I did manage to cobble together a short video showing some additional texturing techniques that I used to finish off the woodburning. I put a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits on it to “yellow” it a little bit. And I have got the handle epoxied to the shaft using the pipe clamp jig in the video. I’ll brush it offf good and put on a cou...
I got a plan for a scoop that is chip carved in a carving magazine called hand carved Christmas gifts Volume 2 this is the start of the whole carving process. These PICs are the rought out that I have started. This is my 3rd carving ever and it is my very 1st from scratch. Lets hope we all learn something from ths.The wood is basswood 1 inch thick by 1 3/4 inches wide by 4 inches longI will post more as I start carvingP.S This one is for you RiverGirl traced the pattern on to the wood u...
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 ...
I really would like to say the biggest THANKYOU to Jordan who must have went through a lot do post this shoe challenge online for us to learn sooooooo very much from. From all the great photos (except maybe the last one because his camera had had enough!), his description of what to do and how to go about it to his jovial pleasant manner. It is my only regret that I just cant give him a great big hug, so this will have to suffice!He is a great teacher to actually get all of us to complete a c...
I like some of the beautiful gunstocks that I have seen and I like incorporating some of those carved elements in some canes that I do. These designs seem to work well in canes for both men and women, depending on how they are done. You can get patterns from leather working books and I have seen some canes carved using a pattern for a belt that was simply spiraled around the cane. You can trace leaves from your backyard and then use a copier to resize them to fit your cane, but I just draw mi...
It is usually easier to drill any holes needed in the handle before you actually start shaping it. I just clamp it up and use the drill press to drill my holes…. the one in the shaft is usually drilled with a cordless drill. I like to use a 5/16 or larger threaded rod to join the handles to the shaft. Some people prefer wooden tenons and use it as part of the design with an exposed wedged tenon. You do have to carve or shape that tenon on the shaft unless you use a wooden dowel. I pref...
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