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Project by papabear posted 05-31-2009 05:54 PM 1007 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been looking for things to help me relax. A few years ago she bought me a couple of carving books and a set of gouges and a knife.

I was out on a family camping trip shortly afterwards and asked my grandmother what she would like if I could carve it for her. She said a loon.

I made a few feeble attempts that I was very unhappy with. This is the first I would call finshed even if it is no where near perfect :-) It will be delivered to her in the next couple of days.

I found it quite difficult to work with. My tools are sharp but not so much my skills and choices of wood yet.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.





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Jim

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#1 posted 05-31-2009 06:11 PM

Better than I could do Rick! Nice job.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca

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#2 posted 05-31-2009 08:25 PM

Nice carving. I think your grandmother will like it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 05-31-2009 08:28 PM

I’ll have a Loon on the rocks ,super carving. Grandmoms got to love it. well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 01:05 AM

I think she’ll love it. Nice job

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 01:14 AM

It looks pretty god, what kind of wood is it?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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miles125

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 01:15 AM

I think you did a really nice job. Be careful, it can be habit forming.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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papabear

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 02:35 AM

Made from a piece of pine 2×4. A bit too soft but made due. My first attempts were with some kind of hard wood that were way to hard for me to carve with out putting the knife through my finger. I’ll have to find something in the middle some day.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 06-01-2009 02:59 AM

Most carvers like basswood.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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majuvla

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 06:54 PM

Very nice carved duck.Good colour combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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papabear

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 08:01 PM

Thanks! I guess it does look more like a duck than a loon :-) I now know I can carve a duck <grin>.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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WileyR

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#11 posted 08-03-2010 09:40 PM

Great first project—-my first were just rounded off the corners and paint!!! Basswood, Butternut, Poplar, White or Sugar pine and Cedar all make good wood for knife and chisel carving. Tupelo is good and a favorite for wildfowl carvers, but even tho it’s soft, you need a sharp knife! Almost any wood can be carved with gouge and mallet, but the softer woods work better with knife and palm chisels. Keep at it, it can be addictive.

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