Okay now it’s time to tackle this carving thing. First you will need an artistic vision. It took me a long time to come up with this design and it may be a little advanced for me but I’ll see if I can handle it. You will come up with a design that is suitable for your skill. Now lets establish what you will need for tools. You will need the following:
A 4lb hammer
a shark saw
various sized “SHARP” chisels, preferably polished stanleys such as these
drill with driver
First Aid kit
Once you’ve got all your tools needed you will need to fasten your blank to the work surface. Carefully layout the screw placement and proceed to drive the screws through the material and into the bench.
After securing the blank to the table you will need to layout your design. Carefully draw your design with the sharpie
Now you are ready to carve. As always establish safe practices. You may want the following: Safety glasses, alcohol, a cup (men only) helmet, knee and elbow pads, shoulder pads, shroud proof vest, Metalica on the radio, and a sense of humor.
After ensuring all safety measures are met you may begin. First you will need to establish your “Stop Cuts”. These will ensure that you do not chisel past your line. Make your stop cuts with a shark saw as illistrated.
After you’ve established your stop cuts you can proceed to carve. Grab a sharp chisel. With a 4 lb hammer hit the chisels handle forcing the tool into the wood. Do this several times, missing once.
After missing you need to realize that you have now successfully smashed your thumb. Now you will need to bandage the thumb before moving on so you will not bleed on the project.
Now you have a very nice carving but it still needs detail. With the framing hammer in hand take wild swings. I chose to commit to a pattern.
Once your detail is taken care of you are finished. Sit back, crack a beer, and admire your work. You have just successfully completed your first carving. Nicely done. Please post the pics of the final projects here at lumberjocks for us to see. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. No thumbs were harmed in the making of this blog. As always all comments whether positive or negative are welcome.
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