|Project by snowdog||posted 07-24-2007 12:47 PM||1406 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I did this a year ago. The snowman was my first attempt at carving. I used a “2x something” chunk of bass wood, a pocket knife and looked at a picture. I found a piece of basswood a little thicker for the pumpkin, my second carving, and went to Woodcrafter. I found a carving knife I was comfortable with and went to work making wood chips. The carving knife was a bit easier than the pocket knife. I think the hardest part was learning how to sharpen a blades. I say “learning” as if it were past tense it is not :). I have been working on my sharpening skills for two years off and on. What a fun tedious, difficult, meditative, frustrating, rewarding process it has been. I have a long way to go with sharpening but I am gaining skill at it. I sharpened my kitchen knives last week, yeah, my kitchen knives and was reasonable happy with the result. So I am getting a little skill at it. My goal is to build/carve a manger for Christmas. I never said what year that would be just a goal :)
-- "so much to learn and so little time"..