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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 02-15-2008 04:06 PM

Hi Chris,

Other than get a piece of wood, and some carving tools, (I guess that’s obvious huh), whenever I start a new procedure, I do some research, the amount of which is based on how much interest I have in the subject, or if it’s something I need to know for a client’s project.

The web is a great place to find all the information you could possibly use.

But the real learning comes when the tools are in your hands. I would suggest after spending some time reading, get some wood and start carving, but without trying to produce anything.

Tools will teach you, if you listen. By that I mean try spending a hour here and there just making chips. Carve with a mallet and free hand, as both are techniques needed to do any real carving. (excluding chip carving maybe).

Take a picture of the business end of the carving tools, so when they become dull, you’ll know what they’re supposed to look like when your done sharpening them.

What you learn here will be something that you master, not something that you read.

If you try to carve something prior to having a feel for the tools and the various woods you intend to use, you are likely to be disappointed.

I promise you will learn more, and quicker just by making those chips.


It’s hard to drive to the emergency room with a carving tool sticking out of your belly. (the handle keeps hitting the steering wheel when you try to turn)

Have fun;


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