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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 09-25-2016 04:11 PM 293 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Very first carving, from January 2015. Just a little carving, while learning techniques. Unfinished basswood.

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Druid

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#1 posted 09-26-2016 07:06 AM

Well, if that was your first carving, you were off to a great start. Basswood is a good choice for developing your carving skills, so it’s nice to see that you have it available. (My closest source is over 200km round trip.)
Looks like you are achieving nice smoothly carved surfaces.
Your Grape Leaf Man was quite a bit more challenging, and also well done. Keep going. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 09-26-2016 11:25 PM

Thanks! Yes, I learned my lesson about hand carving with tupelo on the GLM. The guy at Woodcraft assured me it was good wood for carving, but maybe we had a communication failure. I should have made it bigger. One of the gals in my class has one that is over a foot high; I think that it would have been easier to get the small details better. But that difficulty is probably the tupelo.

That’s not good that the supply of basswood is so far away. I just bought a piece from a Joanne’s craft and fabric store. Is there nothing like that near you, either?

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 12:12 AM

That is the closest supplier, but I can always order on-line. Unfortunately, I prefer to be able to see the quality, and grain, of any wood that I want to get for carving. There is also the choice of Lee Valley, and they have just opened a new store which is only 419 km (one way) from me. Other than those choices, there might be closer sources if I hop across the border to Idaho.
Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 09-27-2016 03:07 AM



That is the closest supplier, but I can always order on-line. Unfortunately, I prefer to be able to see the quality, and grain, of any wood that I want to get for carving. There is also the choice of Lee Valley, and they have just opened a new store which is only 419 km (one way) from me. Other than those choices, there might be closer sources if I hop across the border to Idaho.
Have a great day.

- Druid

That’s terrible! I spent a year and a half in Idaho back in the mid-’70s, but worked as a mechanic, so don’t know of any wood suppliers. Especially since I was in Gooding, which is a long way from Canada. Looking at it online, it has grown considerably!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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