Wood Selection Almost every hollow form I turn is from local hardwoods and is turned green. Why use green wood? Green wood is relatively inexpensive, easy to obtain, and easy to turn. It is nearly impossible to find, or afford, large kiln dried wood suitable for turning large pieces. Construction sites, firewood cutters, arborists, and landscape recycling centers are all excellent sources for wood. The biggest problem I have with green wood is my greed. I bring home more wood than I can...
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...
After having received several requests for a detailed blog of a rocking chair build I spoke with Hal Taylor and received his permission to do this. This chair is based on his first book and set of plans. He has a new book with updated plans which I am getting soon. This is not a full-time job for me so I will be posting one week at a time since I get to spend maybe an hour every other night on the chair. Week one sees the planing and cutting out of all the blanks. I purchase 40-50 bd...
I hesitate to do this, that which I am about to do. I don’t fancy myself as a good carver, or a great picture drawer. Especially with so many lumberjocks that are great carvers here that will see this. On top of that, there are so many great carvers on the internet that will stumble onto this blog because they surf the net. With that said, after Mark Mazzo asked about the process I go through to do a carved panel like this one, I thought about it for awhile, and decided to show th...
People in the Philippine archipalago have been carving simple images for millenia, but it was the arrival of the Spanish that really created the traditions and style that we see today. The simple “Bulol” carvings of the Cordillera have become the latest trend for interior designers in Manila and are believed to be either rice gods or meant to help in curing illness. Now they clog up the tourist traps of Baguio and the rice terraces, which I still haven,t seen after all this time.W...
Well guys after 2 days I finished my first whirligig ” Man cutting wood with a Laguna Bandsaw. If you would like to be part of the Whirligig Wars Woodworking Contest. Visit A Simple Design of Ocala for more information or check out my blog entry “Whirligig Wars Project contest” here on Lumberjocks to watch the video.. Hosted by Steve Ramsey of woodworking for mere mortals and Myself with prizes from Laguna Tools, Woodworkers Guild of America, Rockler Woodworking, Steve R...
I’ve decided to spend some time on this shotgun. It was a tough decision, providing that I’m giving it away to a 6 year old. But the reason I decided to move forward is because #1 I don’t think there is a toy gun as detailed as this will be, #2 I enjoy carving and it’s a good experience, and #3 maybe people will see it and either order one, or maybe even ask me to carve their real rifle. We will see if that works out. No matter what this kid is getting a very cool ...
Welcome to another chip carving class. This time our project will be chip carving a basswood plate. I will lead you step-by-step through this project and when you’re done you’ll have a carved plate to display or give away as a gift. Various plates styles and assorted carving patterns combine to make wonderful carvings. Here are some plates that I’ve carved: Our plate will have a unique design. One that I’m sure you will enjoy carving. Here is a supply list of ...
Today we’ll finish this little guy up. As I’ve carved ornaments, I’ve gotten faster at doing them and I can complete one in an hour or two, depending on how complex it is. I have started saving them up and painting 4-5 at a time, so that I don’t waste as much paint, and that seems to help also. So after we get him all carved, I spend a little bit of time going back over the whole piece and cleaning up the cuts a bit. I try to get all the little fuzzy pieces in the c...
We in this country will never see the carving like Europe has. Carvings in Europe were mostly made for churches and back then the church was everything to the people so most of what they earned went to the church hence the church could afford these elaborate carvings. We did get to visit a Swiss carving school in Brienz, Huggler Woodcarvings.
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