Carved and painted, here is my first finished piece: Painted with acrylic paint with a poly coating.
I haven’t had time to go through the video yet, however, here is a picture of my first project. I plan to paint this little pooch and finish but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’ve also started a boot today while I was home sick (after sleeping most of the day- feeling much improved now): The book this pre-cut out shape came with has instructions to turn it into a cow boy boot but I’m aiming for a witch boot. It’s not going very well. The grain is going toward the heel and I’m having trouble with that. I
Before I visited Woodcraft I had gone online and er, disregarded what the teacher recommended because I’m a cheapskate and bought a beginners kit from Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers Supply in Tennessee. As well as a thumb guard and a block of wood. It came pretty quickly, I ordered on a Tuesday night and received Friday. The knife isn’t great, I was working on the dog for a couple of hours last night and ended up using the knife from Woodcraft. More on how the carving went, including video, to come up next.
There is a couple of local woodcarving stores in my area, I checked out one earlier this week. They had so much there, fortunately their helpful staff was able to help me find what I was looking for and even demonstrated one of the knives. It was difficult to decide which book to buy and I’m interested in multiple types of carving. I found some things to buy of course, including a knife the teacher said wasn’t very good but I tried it at tad at the store and bought it. They had a flyer for the Minnesota Makers fair
Welcome back! Today was the day, I started my new adventure in wood carving with a community education course. You can never be too sure what to expect with community ed courses, the teachers tend to be volunteers or are generally just getting a cut of whatever you’re paying for the course. For this course my teacher was an older neighbor of mine who was doing this as a volunteer. While he did speak about tools, types of wood, and types of carving he wanted to talk primarily about motivation through personal stories. He enjoys spreading happiness through wood carving,