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Monday, July 25, 2011

Carving on the Porch

Jason Pipe sent me a picture of his carving station he built from some recycled wood. It appears that his wife, like mine, is not enthusiastic about carving in the living room. At least he has a nice shady porch, and he has added some knives and a Drake gouge to his tool collection. I believe this carving is for visiting in-laws. Anyone who has any pictures they would like to post should contact me at
Stay sharp!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Woodcarving Magazine samples arrived

I received a package from Sweden with a couple of sample issues of this magazine, that will be passed out at our meeting in September. I found this to be an interesting magazine, with articles by carvers not known on this side of the Atlantic and a different perspective in many ways. Many European carvers don't paint their carvings, but I found several articles really on methods for sanding/finishing your on different types of vices and holding methods..... and several great patterns.The language differences were interesting, although currency conversion for tools and such was too much math for me! The advertisements for carving schools/vacations in Greece, England, Germany, and Austria might be tempting for those who like to travel. I haven't decided if I will subscribe, but I have read both samples cover-to-cover and found them both interesting and educational! Here is a pattern from one magazine that I relief carved and burned.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Brown-Eyed Girl"

Here is a carving I finished a few weeks ago. I'm still practicing on female faces. This is not quite as good as the one I did last year, but hopefully practice makes perfect!

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Stuff

Jason Pipe, a new carver from Malvern, who visited with us at our last meeting, has been quite busy so far this summer. He has completed several relief carvings, inclusing a sign for a relative and this carving of a luna moth. He also did a few hair-sticks and  made a knfe as he anxiously awaits the arrival of some basswood and a Drake gouge. I think he is hooked on carving and that we will probably be seeing more of him and his work!