Interesting story on how I ended up at lumberjocks. I told it once but I will give it a brief retelling at it is somewhat relevant to the current project I am working on.
I won a dremel a couple months ago through facebook. One of the fellow “fans” of the Dremel facebook community is a talented carver named Jordan Straker. Jordan and I exchanged a few messages and he encouraged me to join this community (God bless you Jordan for doing so!). I am a big fan of Jordan and I let him know this on a pretty regular basis. But the one thing that he will always come back around to is my own work. I get busy with things and I don’t really showcase much of what I work on here and that probably could be taken as a slight to all you wonderful people who regularly put yourself out there, sharing your successes, fears, struggles, and growth. For this, I do apologize and will try to be more conscientious in the future.
Current project – power carving a horned owl. A couple years ago, I helped my uncle out by cutting down a dead birch tree in his yard. Being a wood hoarder and one that hates to see wood put to waste, I salvaged some of tree and made some wood blocks out of them. It was a small tree so I didn’t parse the heartwood, it wouldn’t do much to try to make any kind of boards out of them. I just cut out a couple blocks and kept a pile of logs for whatever might come out of it. One piece in particular looked like it could make an interesting carving and so I let it speak to me, the way wood sometimes will, and it seems to be telling me it wants to be a small horned owl.
Carving has always interested me but I always felt a little awkward when I held on to chisels and dremels. Now that I have worked some machines for a couple years, I came back to the tools of the trade and was kind of surprised at how comfortable everything felt in my hand. And since Dremel was so kind as to give me a tool, would be kind of a shame to waste it. I recently purchased a Stylus, which I will use for the detail work, but right now I am working on the blank which requires my free dremel and a hogging bit.
I really don’t have any layout lines or a full idea of how the thing will even come out. I cut out an owl shape on the bandsaw and right now I am just getting a feel for the bit on wood. I have a couple owl pictures I am looking at. I am not going for full lifelike, just something that is detailed enough for people to say “Oh, its an owl!” rather than “Ummmm, lovely penguin!.” I want it to convey something about the owl, give a feeling of owlishness but, at the same time, have the rustic charm of some intermediate woodworker getting his chops on his new Dremel :)
So after rounding, hogging and gouging at high speeds, and then some time spent shaping and smoothing with the same bit (kind of cool how a bit that can grind the crap out of a piece of wood can also give the same surface a smooth and pleasant feel), this is the front view of the bird and the sideview.
So now the work is started and I will give you folks the whole process, good, bad, or hideous :)
Thanks all for reading,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.