A carver's right of passage

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Project by Betsy posted 2327 days ago 1586 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been doing a little carving when I just want to sit on the couch and twiddle a bit. I think most of us have done the dog and the cowboy boot during the learning curve of carving. I’ve done a troll carving before, but that was in a class with someone looking over my shoulder. These I did all by my little lonesome. Both could use some more detail work, but my knife got dull and I’ve not managed to learn how to sharpen it properly. (Not that I’ve not tried.) All in all, not the best, but not so bad. And I managed to do both without needing a bandaid. So that’s worth something!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#1 posted 2327 days ago

That’s one more carving job then I have done. I did the small bird in my 2×4 birdcage.

Pretty good!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2327 days ago

Looks like a pretty good dog and a boot to me, all I can carve is faces and heads. My icon is an example of my carving. Good for you.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 2327 days ago

Hi Betsy;

If you make them look more realistic, the dog will probably chew the boot!

Nice Job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2327 days ago

Betsy. Great job. Two more than me.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 2327 days ago

thanks guys. I enjoyed the two little projects and might do a few more. But I really need to learn to sharpen those knives!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#6 posted 2327 days ago

Betsy, Looks pretty good. The best I can do is put a point on the end of a stick :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 2327 days ago

Betsy, check-out the following:

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 2327 days ago


And I thought that you were spending all your time on dovetails.

These are two more carvings than I will ever be able to produce. I simply don’t have the gift to be able to “see” something like these inside pieces of wood and have the talent to bring them to life.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 2327 days ago

Scott – I am still working on those dovetails, but I need some more sedate stuff to do on the couch. So I thought carving would be fun. I get to whittle and the cats get to play with the chips. Everyone wins.

Ron – I’ll check out that site. Might be able to find a project or two there. Thanks for the link.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#10 posted 2327 days ago

Hi Betsy, Your carvings are looking great, we all have to crawl first…..keep up the good work.
I find carving very relaxing. I look forward to seeing more!

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

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#11 posted 2327 days ago

Looks pretty good Betsy. I too am “sharpening inpaired” I think it is one of those skills that takes pratice to get the hang of it. My grandfather could sharpen one of his chisles in no time at all, too bad I didn’t pay closer attention to what he was doing. I’ll keep trying until I get the hang of it, even if I have to sharpen it down to a nub. :-) Take care, keeping you on my pray list.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#12 posted 2327 days ago

Nice work Betsy. You’ve now done two carvings more than I have. Look at the bright side – you don’t have to worry about housebreaking the puppy and your feet will never hurt from that boot. Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 2326 days ago

That’s funny Bill.

Thanks for all the encouragement! I’ll take all I can get!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#14 posted 2326 days ago

They’re a darn sight better than anything I could turn out. Just last night I made a mess of trying to carve my initials in the bottom of a project. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 2326 days ago

looks great

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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