|Forum topic by Justin Gordon||posted 11-18-2013 11:02 PM||1173 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
11-18-2013 11:02 PM
If you’re still in the upheavals of learning to wood carve, you’re not alone. I’ve been doing wood carving since 1974, that’s over 39 years, and I’m still learning this art. I’ve been doing sculpture for a living since I got laid off from my engineering job in 1991. Now I’ve carved wood for fine sculptures, architectural applications, clock cases, and standing tree stump carvings or chainsaw carvings that I finish with the hand tools. I also carve, wax, clay, foam, stone, chocolate, ice, snow for ski areas, and sand. I’ve been from Taiwan to Kuwait and all over the states doing sand sculptures for malls, fairs, trade shows, businesses, promotions, and parties. I can carve anything with the right tools.
Sticking with wood, though, I also teach wood carving classes here in Massachusetts. I’ve been teaching for about 16 years now. My students do very well at the annual ‘Spirit of Wood’ carving show and competition put on by the New England Wood Carvers (NEWC.org) in Bedford, Mass, every October. My website is also listed somewhere in this LumberJocks web page. Check it out.
I’d like to offer my teaching services to any carver looking for a tip or suggestion on how to do something. Emailing pictures and questions through my website can be helpful if you’re stuck in a carving situation. The usual questions are related to proportions or use of tools. Having good reference material is key for knowing your proportions and depths. And having a good knowledge of what you can do with your tools is also handy. But first and formost, know that 99% of all carvings have the wood grain going in a vertical direction. There are exceptions, of course, but most of the time the grain is vertical.
I’m new to this LumberJocks site. I write an article for the New England Wood Carvers newsletter every other month. I think I’ll post it here also just to share with anyone looking for some carving info for who knows what. Hell, it can’t hurt.