Whittling and carving Picture and discussion thread

Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by GreyOne, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. pab1

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    I started cleaning all the clutter off my kitchen table and came across a small split piece of aspen. I figured cleaning can wait, I bet I could carve a small spoon with this. The spoons I've made in the past were pretty basic so I decided to try a fancier one. I carved it with my Flexcut Carvin' Jack and touched it up with some sandpaper.

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    Lotsa talent shown here.
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    I enjoyed doing the spoon earlier so much I decided to carve another one. Still have a little sanding to do but I'm done for the night.

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    Wood carving -- Go on; show off!

    So I'm ordering some wood carving knives I've been after for a while to give me something to do while I am out and about in the woods to fill in some of the time when I get to sit down and relax, and I was curious what everyone else carves.

    I suppose the obvious would be spoons and bowls. If anyone here does that, I'd love to see your work! Same goes for anything else, too!
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    Thanks. Hadn't seen this thread.
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    My latest whittling projects. All created from a single block of wood.

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    Been on this forum now 18 months or so visit pretty much every day and just stumbled across this thread - shows how diverse the forum is I guess.
    While this is not a 'woodspirit' it is still a "Spirit of the Woods"
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    I've been on a spoon kick lately. Here are a couple more. The small one is aspen, the other one is juniper. Both were done with the Carvin' Jack.

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    I'm sure people are getting tired of seeing my carved spoons but here are a couple I carved from birch. We only have spring birch in this area which does not grow very large. I cut a couple dead pieces to carve with. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get anything from the first piece since the outer wood was scaling off. Luckily the wood in the center was good. That left me carving around the pith which was not solid but the wood was so beautiful I decided so go ahead, even if it would only be for show. The other spoon was from a small piece which also wound up centering on the pith. The large spoon is 10" long, the smaller one is 5.5" in length.

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    I like me some folkart carving.

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    Buckskin Bill scouting for sign and checking his line. This is my first attempt at caricature carving. I've always been interested in the fur trade era so it made sense to carve something from that time period. He is carved from a piece of aspen and is 5.5" tall. I outfitted him in buckskins with plenty of fringe. The "wolf ear" blanket hood is based on documentation by artist Alfred Jacob Miller. I armed him with a half stock caplock muzzleloader. I'm going to have to carve some friends for him to give me more practice.

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    Wonderful knife from Kaweah River Forge. This thing is a real user. A real joy to work and play with.
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    Carved a couple of stirring spoons from privet, tried to get a little creative with the bottom one...
    Both finished with several coats of mineral oil.

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    Thanks for looking!
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    Here is Ron D Voo. Another fur trade caricature with a felt hat, 1800s work shirt and buckskin pants. He is in the middle of stretching a beaver plew onto a willow hoop. I did a beaver camp setup along the river with both characters for pics. I also carved a trap to go with them.

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    That is awesome!!
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    What he ^ said!
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    Havent read the whole thread, but will since I bought a buck stockman 371 jigged bone last night. Wanted the smaller one at first, but liked the larger handle.
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    Hey Ivan I hope all is well.

    Yeah he is a little tiki I like carving em I will post up another one I'm working on when done. Sorry I never made it by the museum in San Jaun they are open really weird hours on my todo list for sure tho. Hope all is well my fire master friend!
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    Earlier this year I cut a piece of birch that had a unique twist and beautiful pattern. I thought for a while about what I wanted to do with it and decided to try making a fork and spoon set.

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    A few more pics.

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    Here is a pic of the split piece of wood before I started hacking away at it.

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    Looks great!!!
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    A friend asked me to make something for her grandson for Christmas. He likes bugs and other creepy things. So I took a devil's claw seed pod (found in the desert) and some mesquite twigs, some epoxy and paint, and made this. My tools are an old Schrade pocket knife, dikes and drill.

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    Here's a portion control spoon. lol! I had a small scrap of aspen and decided to see if I could make a spoon out of it. I used the Mora and the small gouge in the pic to carve it.

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    Wasn't quite finished in this pic. Just another angle of it in my hand for scale.
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    Wow some awesome stuff on this page guys!

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    I've been clearing the snow off the sidewalk for a disabled neighbor. A couple days ago when I finished shoveling, he and his wife called me over and handed me a package. I told them I didn't want anything but they insisted I take it. The package was two Buck knives. A Folding Hunter and a Stockman. I was trying to think of what I could give them in return and decided to carve a spoon for them using the knives they gave me. Other than using a hook knife, a drill bit and a small file (for the decorative work on the back) it was carved with the Buck knives. They seemed pretty happy with it.

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    I guess yall can see where the insperation for this one came from.
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    I decided to try carving the classic ball-in-cage. It was fun to carve and the most challenging thing I have whittled/carved so far.

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    Aspen salad bowl set. The bowl is 1"X7/8" and the utensils are 1" in length.

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    Here's a little bear and fish I whittled my girlfriend for Christmas.
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    Nice job!
    My middle son saw one of these somewhere and he's been begging me to try to make one, but I don't even know where to get started!
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    It's easy...
    Step 1: Acquire a suitable piece of wood.
    Step 2: sharpen your carving knife.
    Step 3: whittle away anything that doesn't look like a box or ball.

    *Please take this post in the humorous light it was intended for*
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    Of course! That makes perfect sense now that you say it! Why didn't I think of that! Lol
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    Thanks! I learned how to carve it from the book Complete Starter Guide to Whittling which has 24 whittling projects in it. Its about $13 and worth the money IMO. I made mine a little bigger than the one in the lesson. You can also find instructional videos on youtube. A guy named Gene Messer has some great instructional carving/whittling videos on there.
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    Thanks! I could use some smaller portions! lol
    I used my Tri-Jack Pro knife, a small gouge and an Exacto with a saw blade (for the fork tines) to carve this.
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    Very nice! I've never heard of the Tri-Jack knife, I'm going to look it up! Thanks
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    Here is my first attempt at carving a chain. Only seven links and far from perfect. These things take some time!

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    I made another ball-in-cage tonight and took a few pics of the progress. I carved the block of wood to 1-5/8"X3-3/8". No particular reason for that size, that's just how big it was when I finished squaring the sides. Much easier on a band saw but its fun to do the whole thing with a knife (other than cutting the ends with a hand saw). I penciled in the pattern with 3/8" pillars and 7/16" top/bottom. That's just what looked good to me. Then I sketched in the ball. I drew the ball much bigger than it had to be. I'd rather have it too big than too small. I do stop cuts along the pencil lines and start removing wood. I always wear a glove on the hand I'm holding the carving with. They have saved me from many cuts!

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    I keep whittling until all the wood is removed around the pillars above and below the ball. Don't go too deep around the ball. I try not to go deeper than the depth of the pillars, carefully removing wood until it breaks free.

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    Once the ball breaks free, slowly whittle it down until its round and moves freely from one end to the other. Just don't make it too small or it will not stay in the cage. The single ball was a lot easier to carve than the triple ball-in-cage. Not much to it, just time and patience. I hope this helps!

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    I am going to have to try one of those; very nice looking... I also have a glove on the hand I am holding the carving...learned the hard way
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    Hi everybody,

    I whittled this stuff last night while watching tv... Hope you like it!

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    Made this guy this week in my spare time. Go easy on me, this is my first attempt at this.

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    Gonna start some wood spirit practice. Just got this yesterday in the mail. $55 from that online store.
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    Very cool Vader9900!
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