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07-22-2011 05:07 AM

So i am a beginner carver and i am looking for ideas, inspiration, tips, anything.
Thanks


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#1 posted 07-22-2011 05:13 AM

I’m at the same spot. Just getting started with carving.

Marty did a chip carving course a little while ago….

http://lumberjocks.com/MyChipCarving/blog/21715

Bunch of links and stuff in this forum post

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/27105

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 01:32 PM

Give these links a peek ;-)
http://carverscompanion.com/NewCarverFiles.html#anchor484575
http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/tag/pattern

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 03:15 PM

Lora S Irish is a wonderful, craftswoman and has a lot of beautiful patterns at her web site.

She is also an author and you will see some of her books in the list below. I own everyone of the books below and like them quite well and have found them to be quite usefull.

The Weekend Crafter: Woodcarving: 20 Great Projects for Beginners & Weekend Carvers

The Beginner's Handbook of Woodcarving

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Woodcarving-Everything-Master/dp/1565232925/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311336335&sr=1-3

Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

Woodcarving: Tools, Material & Equipment, Volume 1

Art & Technique of Scandinavian Style Woodcarving

Relief Carving Wood Spirits

101 Artistic Relief Patterns for Woodcarvers, Woodburners & Crafters

Classic Carving Patterns

How to Carve Wood: A Book of Projects and Techniques

The Book of Wood Carving

Illustrated Guide to Carving Tree Bark

Wood Carving Basics

You might want to dip into chip carving first. It’s fairly easy to learn enough to get going in it in a month or so. For Chip carving I have the following books:

The Complete Guide to Chip Carving

Chip Carving: Design & Pattern Sourcebook

Chip Carver's Workbook

Chip Carving: Expert Techniques

Take a look at the books written by Dennis and Todd Moore and also Lora S Irish on this page at Chipping Away I also own most of these.

Here are two great magazines: Woodcarving Illustrated and Carving Magazine

And here are some great online video courses Carvin Online , Chris Pye's Online Course , and fellow Lumberjock, Marty Leenhouts who has a chip carving website with video training

I love pfiel carving tools and they can be bought at Woodcraft Supply

You can also buy Flexcut carving tools at Woodcraft. I have some flecuts and I like them.

I also like Hirsch Carving Tools and you can buy them at Highland Hardware

And Henry Taylor carving tools are also some that I have. They can be bought at the Traditional Woodworker

I like these Helvie Knives which you can buy at Smokey Mountain Wood Carvers among other places.

As I say, Marty at MyChipCarving got me started on chip carving and he’s a good teacher. Chip carving is a pretty good way to get into carving.

I have a love-hate relationship with wood carving. Actually that’s really not true. A more accurate statement would be I love woodcarving but I hate the fact that I don’t have much time to pursue it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 03:32 PM

I don’t even consider myself a beginning carver, but once in a while I add some embellishment to something like this.

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#5 posted 07-22-2011 03:40 PM

Don, you can be sure it counts. I have always wanted to be able to carve gunstocks and even maybe engrave guns. I wouldn’t even mind making some guns. At 61 years old and going on 80 I’m running out of time. Maybe you are a young fellow – don’t waste your time. Life is short and has a way of catching up with us. I was a work-a-holic. That’s no good – you have to LIVE YOUR DREAMS. Sometimes it takes 60 years to figure this out.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 04:01 PM

helluvawreck, I’m no spring chicken. I was a bit younger when I customized that 6.5×55. I built that stock from a 2×8 piece of wenge. Now that I’m a bit older I understand why wenge may be a bit heavy for a gun stock. I still carry that rifle on occasion, but I’ve got a few other rifles I’ve done similar work on.

I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately we have to make a living while we are living or dreams.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#7 posted 07-22-2011 05:02 PM

Charles, I saw that picture of you sitting the river again. Was thinking I need a chair to the left of you….lol

I have to throw in props for Ashley Iles Carving tools…..

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 07-22-2011 05:07 PM

Yeah, Wayne. We could probably solve all of the problems in the world in one good day. Heay, I love the good old Ashley Iles tools I just don’t have any.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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