Carvings from The Zone

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Project by JTRid43 posted 04-14-2007 04:30 AM 2593 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some unfinished carvings in the shop, or The Zone as I like to call it. These are all bass wood and hand carved. I do use a band saw to cut the bulk away but the rest is all done by hand. Using a burr tool or sanding drum only furs the wood. I alway use a sharp knives and gouges. And I mean sharp. I go a little crazy with sharpening things. Even my shovels are sharp enough you could shave with. That comes from my days working as a firefighter with the Calif Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection. We always kept an extremely sharp edge on all our tools. But back to these carvings. I actually have them painted and almost complete. My wife has the camera at a quilt show right now but I will get them posted for you soon. I also have some others to post so look for those. They are not the best for the ones I have seen out there and not nearly as good as the ones I saw here. You all are very talented. I feel that I am lacking in that department when I look at the wonderful things you guys have made. But My hopes are that I can learn from you and better my skills as a wood craftsman.

-- In His Grip,

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#1 posted 04-14-2007 05:46 AM

JT, these are great! I especially like the “stuck” Santa though I guess everyone says that. Terrific work and thanks for sharing them with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 04-14-2007 05:54 AM

Thanks for sharing, I’ll be waiting, & looking for some more in the near future.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-14-2007 05:55 AM

This is nice work. I’m jealous. The only thing I carve is my thumb…it gets in the way a lot.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 04-14-2007 05:56 AM

JT great carving and designs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 08:20 AM

Very nice work. Waiting to see them painted.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 06:16 AM

Another carver – nice work JT. Keep them coming.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 04-16-2007 05:20 AM

JT - I like your work and its nice to see the tools in your photos. CDF? I used to be a paidcall firefighter in Santa Cruz – Central Santa Cruz Fire Protection District. Seeing your helo and the CDF reference bropught back some very fond memories.


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#8 posted 04-16-2007 03:41 PM

Hey, Thanks everyone. I do have some of these painted and I will get them posted for you. I love the Santa Cruz area David. I worked out of the Mariposa area for several years. Helitack, engine crews. The second engine I had and my favorite was a model 5 with the Wisconsin diesel aux pump. Awesome truck. Oh. Jack, don’t feel bad. I carve my thumb and other fingers as well. Use masking tape to protect your fingers. I also wear a kevlar glove. Thanks again everyone. I hope to learn more furniture building skills from you guys as well.


-- In His Grip,

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#9 posted 04-19-2007 01:47 AM

Jeff – Was on the recieving end of helitak and air drops several times . . . really miss those experiences and the guys I worked with. Mariposa is wonderful – reminds me of visiting Yosemite!


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#10 posted 02-08-2010 01:47 AM

I just recently did my own santa going down a chimmeny it was my first cut out.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 01:57 AM

Looks like tons of fun.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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