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, I enjoy sharing my art as well so respect there totally. I took notes and I think I got the information I needed, I have been reading online as well so hopefully between the those sources I will have things figured out enough to start carving sometime within the next few weeks.
There are a couple of local wood carving shops, however, he directed us to order our knives online from Helvie or Knotts. Still being a tad unsure of what knife or knives to get I decided to order the beginner kit from Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply and go to the local locations in person to look at other knives before buying further. I will need a knife by the next class when we will carve birds out of birchwood (I think? He’s picking it up for us and then we pay him back. Here’s wishing I spent less money last month).
One thing I ‘ought to have thought more about before starting this adventure: it seems there will be use of saws to cut down wood. I had hoped it wouldn’t, I had taken a wood working class in junior high and I had hated it largely due to the loud noises and well the blades made me a tad nervous at fourteen or however old I was at the time. It may be fine now, I could probably wear noise canceling headphones or earplugs when in that room and be fine.
I’m still excited to get started, although possibly a tad nervous as well. Hoping to be able to post pictures with my future posts, it didn’t seem appropriate to take one in class but there may be opportunities in the future. I’d really like to document my progress when I start actually carving and I’d like to use video as well so we have that to look forward to.
My next post will hopefully be some time this week, probably after I get my butt to one or more of those local stores.