1st Carvings

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Project by Phil53 posted 09-23-2012 08:40 PM 1092 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to carving and I have some better tools…at least more costly. But I have customized this small three blade Old Timer. It had one blade with a broken tip and another with a chipped blade. It’s not a very good picture but it has proven to be a very good knife again. Nice kife considering someone was going to throw it away.

This is my first real attemp at any kind of carving. Two of these are carved out of Yellow Pine. After talking with one of the guys at the wood store I decided to get a piece of Basswood. What a difference, I’m going to try some of the other woods he recommended.

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 08:58 PM

I like these, hoq long did it take you to carve them? Loks like a great christmas present!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 09:29 PM

using good tools and the right wood makes all the difference. Butternut carves pretty nicely too, but basswood is really great to work with. Those look great!

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 10:18 PM

It takes me about a day. But I’m sure I will get faster as I get to knowing what I’m doing.

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 11:22 PM

Neat design. Great job on your carving.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 11:29 PM

Very nice, unique design. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 11:47 PM

Love these carvings. I’d call them “Ultimate Love Hearts”.

Got one of those knives in my pocket I carry with me for chores, too. Try clear gel stain on the basswood. I ages to a nice honey patina. Butternut, as Jeff pointted out above is a good one, too. Chestnut and pecan are nice if you can find them. Walnut is close behind. Keep it sharp and watch the grain change!

Did you cut any of it out with a scroll saw first or drill out the openings? People might say that’s not pure carving, but who knows how you get to the end but you – and those you tell.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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