As i mentioned earlyer im about to start carving the first dragonportal for my parents cabin. Il try to blog abouth it when i can, and we will se where it goes, it will take some time. I am considering making some small videos as i go, With my pho...
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My first memory is like this. Im sleeping in the big heap of shavings from the cutter, With my dad and my uncles dogs, the oven is cracling With fire and the smell of coffe is mixed With the strong scent of freshly cut pine.
My grandfather is carving a knifhandle in horn sitting next to the oven, wile keeping an eye on me. In the next room i hear my father and my uncles talking wile they carve, and that familiar sound of blowing the shavings of the workbench. A normal workday in my family, as it have been for generations now, i am the 8th generation in a straight line of woodcarvers.
I was only a couple of years old at that time, but its still one of my most cherished memories. And for the rest of my life it have sett my Identity.
I have worked as a woodcarver and carpenter for most of my life, i started out as a child, carving smal spoons and bowls. i was to smal to reatch the topp of the workbench, so my grandfather showed me how to putt the piece of Wood against the wall, one foot on either side and how to carve safely away from myself. A big amount of my childhood was spent in the mysteries and corners of that old workshop, :) in fact it still look mostly the same today as it did back then.
Well, they dont use the long bands that was running on waterpower from the stream anymore, and i can barley remember that, i just recall my grandfather holding me away when the long bands was running, they drowe most of the old machines in the old part of the workshop, and from the stream they must have been 10 meters long and sweeping the ground.
And my time was often spent together With my grandfather, building a sailboat or airbaloon,bows and wooden toys or any other invetion we two could come up With, he was one of the most curious and inquiring old People i have known, what he could not fix or make it was almost no limit to.
I started tagging along to classes my dad and uncles held wery early, and one day around 15 my dad was sick and i had to jump in and i think i had 12 students that first time. And thats were i started teatching woodcarving. And since then i have kept on doing that, in one or the other form. To students from all ower the world. It have given me mutch.
I have traveled trough most europe and asia and seen and learned of carvings since i was 17, on the tumb, on interrail and so on. And in periods i have had to work as many other Things to, chef,web-tv host, i have a craftmanshipp in old carpentry to, the hand and dovetail way :) I have been seller, riding instructor, skiing instruktor, supportcoordinator and so on in Shorter breaks between carving. But always a Carver, in Identity and soul, i always Return to it.
My dad and his Brothers started their carrers as kids to, they started out turning plates to sell. But the lathe, and i still have it, was simply to big for them. It was the old handmade type, made to run by pedalforce, the problem was they could not reatch up and pedal at the same time. So 2 pedaled and the 3rd stood on topp of a wooden Box and turned. The plates can still be found in some of the old cabins own by Trollheimen turistforening, witch is a old mountain cabins system ala hostels.
Im simply here to share a little bit and learn a bit, and i have missed a forum With woodpeople :)
All photos With a signature in the lower right corner is taken by my childhood friend and nabour, the rest i have taken myself. He Has some interesting pics of nature and Things like carvings from my region in Norway.
-- Bard son of iver
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