Walking Santa

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Project by ClaudeF posted 03-11-2017 07:43 PM 599 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walking Santa, carved from a block of basswood. He stands 7 inches tall. Original design by Floyd Rhadigan.



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#1 posted 03-11-2017 10:12 PM

Hello Claude,

I thing I spot a vague resemblence!!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 03-12-2017 12:38 AM

Cute, neat, and original. He does have a real set of clod-hoppers WOW! Big foot in a red outfit!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-12-2017 01:19 AM

Be kind now, ralbuck… It’s entirely a coincidence that he has large feet. My size 14s had nothing to do with it… :)



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#4 posted 03-12-2017 12:18 PM


-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 07:19 PM

This is a delightful caricature. Claude you did a great job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-13-2017 02:11 AM

love this walking santa …..still liked the baker santa best GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 03-13-2017 10:06 PM

looks great! i’ve been thinking about trying out some carving. what carving knife do you recommend for a beginner?

-- Steven, California, ,,

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#8 posted 03-14-2017 06:21 PM

Recommending a knife is about like recommending a car… Some prefer Fords, some prefer Chevies, and some won’t drive anything but a Honda…

I started with a Flexcut detail knife This knife arrives carving sharp right out of the box. It’s good steel and it holds an edge well. Downside, after gaining some years of experience, I prefer a more flexible blade. The KN-13 is a very stiff blade – sometimes I need this. I still use this knife today.

Most knives available today are sold, in my opinion, because of reputation and “hand-feel”. The Flexcut comes with a “whale tail” handle. Some others come with a fat cigar shaped handle, and there are other shapes. I also own several Helvie knives , an Allan Goodman scimitar knife, and a Bütz detail knife.

The best thing I can recommend is try to find a carving club within driving range, visit them, and hold a few different styles of knife to see which feels good in your hand. At our local club in Hammond, LA, several of us will offer new carvers the opportunity to try our different knives to see which they like. Most people are astonished at how much “easier” carving is with a knife that feels good in their hand. One place to find out where the closest carving club is: Click on the link to Wood Carving, then type in the name of your State or Providence, and click Find Listings. Scroll down and you’ll see the listings for all clubs in your state or province.



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