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Forum topic by LittlePaw posted 03-09-2010 12:16 AM 3748 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2010 12:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: carving tools rotary carvers

I’m considering adding a rotary carving tool to my hand tools but without previous experience, I don’t know how to compare/decide whether Foredom, Wecheer or is there another tool that would be a better choice. Would someone with actual experience using such a rotary tool please share your experience with me, please. I carve mostly on maple, cherry and walnut such as rifle stocks, walking canes and/or anything I can get my hands on. Please help?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 01:51 AM

Well, I’m on dremel number 3. I don’t recommend it for carving. It’s gotten more use re-tiling the bathroom than in wood. It also gets really hot, really fast.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 02:15 AM

I kinda already ruled out Dremel. I gave my son one just because he wanted one and I used it once. It had such a loud and high pitched squeel that it became unbearably annoying only after a short while.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 03:35 AM

My Dad has had a Foredom for years that he uses for duck decoy carving. It’s a first rate machine. I have a Wecheer… it works pretty well, but is much lighter-duty.

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

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 11:12 AM

Dear Littlepaw,

Greetings, and an inquiry, please.

For a book proposal, I am researching family history for information about my ancestor Charlotte Little Paw (also spelled Littlepaw), 1820?-1900. describes her as “full-blood Cherokee,” but I can find no record of her family name on tribal rolls.

If I may ask, please, is your ancestry Cherokee, and could you help me find family history for the Littlepaw name? Charlotte married Luke W. Faulkner and is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Dierks, Arkansas.

For your help with this, I would be deeply grateful. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks very much.

David Ritchie

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 06:23 PM

Hello David,
Yours is the undoubtedly the most interesting response one can imagine and I really wish I could help.
You see, Littlepaw is a nickname that evolved from my initials being P.A.W. It is not my last name. Also it sounds just like my first name Paul. So, I started using an image of a bear paw as my signature on my carvings. Eventually my friends, some of whom are very tall, started referring to me as Littlepaw. Since I didn’t object to the nickname, it stuck.
I am not a Cherokee although I have the highest respect and empathy for the Cherokees and all the other Native American Tribes for their pride, rich cultural heritage and tenacity to life. I can think of no higher honor or privilege than to be accepted into any of our Native American families. My wife is part Cherokee/Blackfoot and we do dress appropriately when we attend as many of the Pow Wows, Rendezvous and Festivals as we possibly can.
I am sorry that this is of no help to your search. I wish I could help and hope you will be successful in your efforts. Littlepaw

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 06:25 PM

I bought a “Mastercarver” flex tool. It is much like Foredom and is cheaper. I like mine. Fordom handpieces and tips (burrs) fit it also. I got three handpieces and the flextool for about $100 less than foredom wold cost. I realy like the carving handpiece that works like a mini jack hammer. It comes with some carving gouges and works well. One issue with some of the rotary handpieces is that it takes two tools to change out a tip. Mastercarver has one that uses just a chuck key for this.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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