Howling at the moon

I carved this wolf for my daughter. It was more difficult than I thought.

Carved wolf howling at the moon
I used one coat of tung oil and one coat of polyurethane. I would have done two of each but my girl was impatient for it.

She’s just been laying it on the table though so I guess she’s all ready over it.

Had fun making it though.

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.

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