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Blog entry by mpounders posted 06-03-2011 05:45 PM 659 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy the past several weeks since I finished the cane, just working on miscellaneous fun things. My daughter is refinishing an old dresser she rescued from the trash and I had to replace a couple of missing drawers. So I got to figure out how to use the dovetail jig someone gave me (it makes a big difference if you use the correct size bushing!). I used my table saw a lot, so I decided to make a Gripperz style push-block that turned out well. That, combined with some different methods, should improve shop safety. I got a web page set up for my carving club and have had a few inquiries from that. My neighbor gave me a partially charred carving of a frog, which was damaged when theri garage burned down. She though I might be able to use the teak it was made from, but I was able to scrape and remove the charred portions and still retain the frog shape. I am still in the process of repainting it and will probably mount it to a piece of wood since the base was rotted a bit. My Chief Financial Officer (wife) has approved my attendance again at the War Eagle carving seminars in Spetember, so I have registered for a class with Adina Huckins again. My plan is to carve as many faces as possible before then for practice and as a warmup. She said that I should be pretty good at it after carving a hundred or so! I am only up to about 20, so I better get to work! I have did a couple of female faces and am showing a little improvement. Here is a Santa I am almost finished with. I am getting a little more concious of shadows and effects that I can create. I enjoy doing Santas but I get a little burnt out after a while, so this is my first since last November? The ornaments are easy to produce and sell good, but I may try a few figures and see how they do. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com



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#1 posted 06-03-2011 08:18 PM

Very Nice work. I am also working on a Santa head will post when done

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 01:57 AM

it will be Christmas before we know it… how do you like that carving glove? I’ve used thumb gloves, and was thinking of getting a full glove like that. thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 02:12 AM

I wear a glove on my holding hand and a thumb protector (a leather piece wrapped in wimp tape) on the hand with the knife. It has been quite some time since I have even nicked myself, primarily because of the glove and such. It really doesn’t take much for me, a slight distraction, trying to finish something up, working late when I’m tired… you know how it goes! I know some great carvers who don’t use them, but it sure slows me down if I get a cut…it was always right where it would interfere the most with my carving. I have taken to wearing leather gloves also, when I powercarve using big aggressive 1/4” bits. The leather affords some protection and doesn’t snag like a kevlar glove would. My only injuries in the past year or so have happened when I was sanding! Doh!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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