Critter ~ A study in the gouge.

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Project by Buckskin posted 2440 days ago 1206 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After reading EGA’s project,, and how all he uses is a small gouge and a pocket knife, it got me to thinking.

First off, this is not a game of one-ups-manship. Purely a self directed learning adventure. However, I encourage anyone to try something different. If you find inspiration here then that makes it all the more worthwhile.

I sat down and got to wondering what I may be able to carve with one tool, one tool only, and not be a knife. I had a small piece of poplar left from the Santa Spirit, So, I picked a small gouge and commenced to piddling with it. After a few hours this is the result.

If nothing else, I learned how to employ the gouge better for future projects.

I hope you like my little critter. My vote is that it looks like a pig. I have also heard mouse.

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#1 posted 2440 days ago

The pictures are a little fuzzy but I say a pig. Ive never done much carving but my hands are already flinching in fear of being gouged. Nice carving.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 2439 days ago

Looks like the beginnings of you figuring out how to carve a life size hog!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 2436 days ago

It’s good.

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 2435 days ago

fun posting … sweet little carving

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 2435 days ago

Thanks guys!

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#6 posted 2435 days ago

To me it looks like a scary tool for a small carving. If I tried it my “pig” would probably be all red.

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