An artists perspective #1: The plan stan

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 02-15-2009 09:44 PM 757 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night I finished up my carving of the green man I posted and was thinking (jokingly) that I’m glad I posted it after Marcos sculpture was off the front page. I didn’t want to steal the spotlight from him. LOL. He is a true artist and an inspirational one at that. In fact he is the inspiration to this next piece. I am thinking that I will blog this next carving, possibly with step by step instruction of the carving. Keep in mind that I am in no way a professional carver. I have a long way to go. I do carve often and do enjoy it but am far from being good enough to teach it. So if I choose to blog it keep that in mind if I’m giving the wrong instruction. I also ask that the people who do it like Marco or Dennis Z to jump in and correct me so the right way is ultimately taught. Realize though that everyone will carve differently. We all have our favorite tools to use, our own methods, and in some cases have nice benches to hold the work. I do not have a nice bench. In fact I find it difficult to carve adequately because I have to clamp the piece down to the table, putting the clamp in the way and putting my tools at risk. But not everyone can have a carving bench so it may be helpful to some. I try to avoid fastening my carvings down because in most cases the backs or bottoms may be visible at one point or the other. And that is why I use clamps.
The next carving is going to be a relief carving but it will also be a mixed media piece. To me relief carving is the easiest, most basic method to carving. You do not need to have super depth perception, although you need some. I can’t teach you how to perceive your work so there is no way for me to teach you an exact method. If you sit two carvers down side by side they will carve the same piece differently. The other media may or may not be a suprise to you in the process.
I may or may not show how I sharpen the tools in this blog. I need to get them back into good condition. Some have been chipped and damaged so they need to be ground and resharpened. Knowing that I’m sure a few pictures with explanations wouldn’t hurt. As always I look for criticism whether positive or negative and welcome all questions.
Well that’s it for now. I’ll get started on this thing so I can get more information to you soon. Until then happy woodworking ;-)

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 12:23 AM

Can’t wait to see it!
Good luck

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 01:28 AM

I will be looking for the next blog. So get to carving so you can teach me.

-- F.Little

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 01:33 AM

Thanks Keith. I’ve waiting for a blog on carving and I think you are just the person to do it. I look forward to seeing and learning.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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