I started carving a weiner-dog awhile back but I haven’t finished it yet, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied.
I realized I never posted the finished birds and I’ve already given one away. Here’s a sanded and a carved. After this picture I sanded the other, stained with tung oil and coated in polyurethane.
Procrastination is a terrible thing isn’t it — well here is the video I promised in an earlier post:
I carved this wolf for my daughter. It was more difficult than I thought.
She’s just been laying it on the table though so I guess she’s all ready over it.
Had fun making it though.
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 also went in to cut out the project for the class I’m taking, with the help of the instuctor, on a band saw.
I’m going to try to use the scrap wood for sometging as well. I’d like to start carving tonight but I really should go to bed early since I’ve come down with a cold or something and I wouldn’t want to feel worse yo morrow when I started feeling better in the afternoon.
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 in June, I’m thinking of going it sounds fun.
This store Woodcraft in Bloomington, MN also offers classes, which I’m interested in taking as well. I will see what I have time for, they have classes and supplies for other wood crafts as well. I saw some things for wood turning and that looks cool as well-organized – one thing at a time!
It was difficult to stop myself from buying more wood and knoves/gauges for other types of woodcarving (carve out, chip out, etc).
Of course there are 2 other stores in the Twin Cities area that I’m aware of yet to check out as well as the internet. More to come soon.