First carving...Bloody Enablers!

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  1. Metaldog

    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I have only been a member here for a short time. I love this place, and I hate it at the same time. (not really).

    I have always been a hands-on guy. I love crafts, building, metal working, etc. Basically anything that keeps me from being idle... I'm game!

    I have a multitude of tools for both automotive and carpentry. I do most all of my own vehicle work, and any handyman stuff that needs done around the house. My garage is somewhat of a workshop, and is where I spend a good amount of time when I'm home.

    A few years back I started building birdhouses and feeders. The more detailed and ornamental, the better.

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    I made this one for my wife for Mothers Days a couple of years ago, and it has become a favorite for both of us.
    The entrance is 1 1/4", so it only houses finches. It gets used by our small feathered friends, and we enjoy watching the birds use it, and the other houses & feeders in our yard.

    Recently, I have been inspired by some of the fine folks here, such as @Beach Hiker, @dads2vette & others to get into wood carving. I have never done any wood carving other than whittling sticks.

    Now, I've gone and done it. :mad: I bought a small wood carving set with palm chisels, and a couple of carving knives. Heck! I even bought a hook knife to carve spoons. :rolleyes:

    THANK YOU! You Bloody Enablers! :po_O

    This is my first EVER attempt at carving anything. I chose to carve a wood spirit. Not complete, but started...
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    I chose balsa wood for my first attempt and wish I had chosen basswood. This balsa is super soft! I'm having to be extra careful not to take away too much wood. But, it is the experience that counts! The face is not perfectly symmetrical, but I feel good about it being my first one.

    I have watched a ton of YouTube vids & tutorials on wood carving, and particularly like the ones by Gary McDaniels. Unfortunately, Gary has not posted any new content in several years, but his info is spot on.

    So far, I'm loving it! I just joined the Carve Clan group this morning, and I am anxious to dive head first into this newfound hobby. I would strongly urge anyone considering a new hobby, or even an attempt at something to just do it! If you never try, you may regret that you never even tried.

    Thanks for looking! :D
    Metaldog
     
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  2. dads2vette

    dads2vette Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    Bwahahahaha...Welcome to the dark side! It only gets worse and better all at the same time. Hopefully you have enough access to wood near you. I don't want to see videos of you rocking back and forth in a chair rubbing your hands together murmuring something about "needing green wood. i need green wood"

    Excellent work by the way!

    dave
     
  3. Metaldog

    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    LOL. Thanks! No, I won't be murmuring about needing wood. If all else fails, I'll start carving on the furniture legs. :eek::oops:
     
  4. Jim L.

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    I thought it was pretty good. I like the bird house too
     
  5. Metaldog

    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Thanks Jim! Much appreciated. :)
     
  6. Metaldog

    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Got home from work early & finished my carving.
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    It's not the best, but it's not the worst either. Gave him some highlights with a pencil. Probably would have looked better without the pencil. :oops:

    I'm quickly getting hooked on this carving stuff. Definitely need to get some harder woods. :rolleyes: :)
     
  7. central joe

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    Ya doing fine lad, I like it. joe
     
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    Looks dang good to me!
     
  9. MrFixIt

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    If that’s your first carving...
    Ima callin’ bullspit brother!
    Nicely done!
     
  10. The Pan

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    looks great..........nice work.......:dblthumb:.
     
  11. Metaldog

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    Thanks @MrFixIt

    It honestly is my first. I've done stick carving (whittling) with a pocket knife, but never anything this detailed. Found several great tutorials on YouTube & have watched them over & over. I'm a perfectionist, so I wanted it to be good, but I know I can do better.

    I'm constantly pushing myself to do better, be better. It can be a curse at times, but I like to do it right the first time. Something my father instilled in me at a young age. I have a stack of wood by my firepit in the back yard. Been trying hard to resist the urge to confiscate it all for carving. :18::rolleyes:
     
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    That first figure looks like Michael Avenatti!
     
  13. Metaldog

    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Gee thanks. I guess? :oops::eek:o_O LOL
     
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    Looks good! I need to start one soon.
     
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    That's really great!
    After some time the "nervous stress" disappears and it just becomes very relaxing.
    You get go the point where you snap a spoon.... and just laugh.
     
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    Well done! Much, much better than I've ever done. The carving gene must have skipped me.
     
  17. NevadaBlue

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    Nice work. I don’t like balsa for carving. I did get a nice balsa board from a sawmill while living in Nicaragua. It made a nice pipe rack.
     
  18. JeffG

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    Good job! Remember, besides art, it is fun! The harder the wood, the more detail can be brought out, and the sorer your hands get.
    Keep at it!
     
  19. T. Pollock

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    whuz up dog :dblthumb: most excellent work dude!:)
     
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    Very cool! Who knows how long that poor wood spirit was trapped in that block of wood before you let him out.
     
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    That came out great, I think you are really starting to get the hang of it! Really though, it looks like you have been doing it for years. Did you mark it out before you started carving? If you don't like the pencil for contrast, you can do some pretty cool things with fire and a wire brush, or a wood burning tool. Sometimes I like the effect, sometimes simpler is better. Depends on the piece and the creator. Looking forward to seeing more of your work though!
     
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  22. Metaldog

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    Thanks @CarvedHorn. I used a pencil to rough outline the height & width of the face, and the nose & eyes. Other than that, just used the knife, a gouge & a v-tool. Then I tried to highlight with a pencil. I was always good at drawing, so this kind of came naturally for me. :)
     
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    Great carving!
     
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