First Carving

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Project by Rustic posted 1411 days ago 1065 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a santa head that I carved as part of a beginning woodcarving class. My wife gave me the class as an anniversary present. Now I am hooked. I bought a set of 3 Flexcut knives and a stroping kit. Now on to finish my Grandmother’s projects.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 1411 days ago

That is an excellent first carving, Rustic. Congratulations. Keep up the good work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 1411 days ago

Wow, Rick!! Nice job!

I’ve always admired folks who can release the objects hidden in wood/clay/marble.

Your class must be really great because I don’t see any band-aids!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 1411 days ago

I used a kevlar glove and a thumb gaurd

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 1411 days ago

Looks pretty good! Santas can be kinda addicting…...before you know it, you have carved 5 or 6. Sharp knives and the right wood, plus a little help make carving a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see your next one!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 1411 days ago

I think I am going to finish one that my Grandmother had started. it looks pretty straight forward

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 1411 days ago

Very nice first.
Hope to see more from you in the future.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 1411 days ago

Yay,That is an excellent first carving! This is way better than my first piece which I don’t have any more. Looks like you inherited more than just your grandmother’s tools and just discovered that? I’ll be watching for future projects and posts and watch your skill grow.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 1411 days ago

mpounders—I bought a set of flexcut knives and a flexcut stroping jig.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 1410 days ago

Rick – very nice. You should be very proud of your Santa. Nice work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#10 posted 1407 days ago

Great job Rick. Good to see grandma’s tools are being put to good use.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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