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#1 posted 08-12-2013 09:43 PM

There’s no faster way to get moving in wood carving than to do a wood carving course. Even if the course details a carving style that you have no plans to go with. There’s no better way to realize what your best questions are than to sit down and do it.

If you have to go the book route or tutorials, it’s really hard to know what the options and alternatives are for both wood and tools. Then, the books can’t be all things to all people. Maybe it’s short on wood selection, tool sharpening, whatever.

I began with a carving course, we did a basswood relief carving. Already, I had made up my mind that if I was going to carve any wood, it would be western red cedar. Relief carving has never appealed to me. BUT, if you did relief carving on the top and all 4 sides. . . . . . that’s what I wanted to do.

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