|Project by ScaryDAve||posted 10-14-2010 09:11 PM||1883 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I haven’t posted here in a couple of years but during that time I thought I would give wood carving a try.
After reading a little here and there, grabbed some cheep carving tools off of Ebay and picked up a rotozip with the extension cable which resembles a Dremel. I used various carbide bits to remove the material as well as some of the palm held carving chisels I bought on Ebay. I burned up on Dremel trying to learn but the rotozip has held up fairly well other than having to replace the inner cable once.
I am sure there are far better tools for doing this faster and more effectively but I went with as cheap as possible at first while I decided if I was going to continue doing it.
These are walking sticks I carved out of red cedar branches. There is certainly no shortage of these in the area I live in (South West Missouri) so it was the obvious choice for free materials. The non carved parts are sanded from 60 grit – 600 grit and shaped with a draw knife on a shave horse. The finish was a few coats of linseed oil and then 2 coats of wax.
Each one took me 2 or 3 hours I would say. Sometimes more. I seemed to be getting faster at it as I progressed and learned.
I made quite a few more than pictured here. In the end they were all sold. They didn’t move well on Ebay so I sold some in a local hardware store and others at a crafty festival kinda thing. The Elvis one sold within days of completing it by word of mouth.
They have the mark of my single page website on them but it doesn’t offer anything for sale. Mostly it shows things I sold in the past. I would love to someday make a full time living at furniture and carving but at the moment it’s a pretty tough sell where I live.
I would greatly appreciate any comments or advice from other carvers who I could possibly learn from.
-- Failures are successes in training.