Carving Progress

I haven’t had time to go through the video yet, however, here is a picture of my first project.

Carved wooden dog, unpainted
Unfinished but carved

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):

Boot in progress

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.

Birds cut out and scrapes

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.

A pair of bird shapes

Smokey Mountain 

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.

Beginners kit (knife, sharpening block, instruction book, cut out shapes 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.

A Visit to Woodcraft

There is a couple of local woodcarving stores in my area, I checked out one earlier this week.

Woodcraft storefront
Bloomington, MN

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.

Wood carving books
Some of the books at Woodcraft

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.

My haul- book, knife, protect tape, block of wood
Including flyers I grabbed on the way out.

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.

Keep Learning

Sometimes you need to start something new, that’s what is going on here. This is me trying to relearn how to make websites while I start a new hobby. I’m going to be taking a wood carving class, assuming it doesn’t get canceled or something else out of my control. I’m really excited about it so hopefully nothing of the sort happens.

While I’ll be learning how to do woodcarving, I’ll also be taking a short community education class on photography as well as finishing another irrelevant community college course. Yeah, I keep busy.

I tend to be a bit of a quitter, my goal here is to follow through and to learn a new skill/hobby and put a proper amount of hard work and effort into it.

I also paint! So, check back for photography, painting and in about a month or two wood carving!

I’m hoping to improve my photography and start taking video as well- creative pursuits to follow.

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