|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 07-26-2014 01:36 PM||759 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
Sometime when I am not feeling good enough to work outside or if I am late up from nightmares, or even when we are watching TV, I like to sit on the couch and carve. (How awesome is it that I have a wife that lets me do that?) I have one of those aprons that has a kangaroo pouch that sticks out to catch all the shavings. My main knives are made by Paul from DeepWoodVentures. They are brilliant knives and hold an edge really, really well! The handles are by far my favorite. With the nerve damage and neuropathy they make carving easier and a pleasure. My second go to are Cape Forge. They are made by father and daughter team Mike and Karyn. Their detail knives are one of a kind and are great for more than just carving, but for inlay work too. They make a great set of micro chisels that I cannot wait to get!
Anyway, the story behind the Owl a few years ago for Christmas, my brother-in-law drew my name, so I was his person to buy for that year. (thats how we do it at my parents, there are over 20 adults and even more kids so it keeps us all from going broke!) Anyway, he is a jokester and got me present after present of nothing but OLD! and cheesy Owl stuff. (this was before they became popular again too!) He did end up getting me a great set of drawing pencils which I love, so it was a good laugh. But we all dread getting picked by him!
So I thought I would say thanks by carving him an Owl. It is out of Black Walnut and sits about 3-1/2in high. I sanded it down to 2000 grit and then did one coat of tongue oil, then spent an hour waxing it as we watched a movie. It was silky smooth when I was done.
I took and adapted the pattern from the British WoodCarvers magazine. (The best carving mag, in my opinion!)
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate