Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by GreyOne, Oct 8, 2014.
I like him!!
Deep cuts man, don't be afraid to make deep deep cuts!!
@EvanStinson - Will do.
here's the most complicated carving I've ever done.... a family crest for my father in law. Took me a year, on and off, to complete
Amazing work man. You definitely did your father in law proud.
I found a bear hiding in this stick.
And a baby bear.
First time carving
A block of cedar, a wood burner, a few hours and a pack of bandaids... I ended up with an owl
Nice job on the carving and the pyrography
Thank you, @IzaWildman
Some very impressive work in this thread.
Thanks to all who have contributed!
My first time carving something not for a specific use. I think the wood is Alder but I'm not sure. It was a wet piece I found in my dad's wood pile while my wife and I were visiting. The wood is very soft and easy to carve. The outer layers look to be in the beginning stages of decomposing which added a few extra colors to it. I used a couple different small folding knives to carve it, one being a Leatherman wingman and another being a small folding Kershaw shuffle. Next I want to paint it up like a Seahawk because I live in Washington and my Dad really likes football. As I type this I'm gluing one of the Hawks toes back on that I broke trying to touch it up, doh!
Man, there is some serious talent here! Lots to be inspired by! I've been slowly getting my feet wet, slowly because I started carving with seasoned red oak firewood! A little digging here revealed the reasons for the hand cramps so the goal is to try again this weekend with something a little less petrified.
Here is what I've come up with so far....
I was lucky enough to score some orford carving knives from a kind fella in the U.K. But they have been stuck in customs for a couple weeks now.
Once again, great work y'all!
Here's a hiking stick I just did for my oldest grandson. Partially spalted maple.
Not bushcrafty but a couple of country French chairs I did for my wife while I was a custom furniture maker.
Beautiful. A lot of work goes into making chairs like those.
Backpackboy needs to practice his knife skills and a little whittling around the campfire this weekend was the perfect chance. He needs a new fixed blade knife, so this weekend he tried my Mora Companion HD and my Mora LMF. He made marshmallow sticks for everyone around the evening campfire, which he made too, and even personalized his little sister's by carving her name into it. Then he tried to carve a spoon. He messed up the bowl, so turned it into a spear for roasting cookies over the fire. I thought it looked like a bird or a dragon head when he was finished with it.
Wow.. that's impressive work!
I seem to like to do these carved feathers when I don't know what else to do.
They are fairly portable till they get too thin and are mainly carved with a straight knife and a bent knife, so they are a nice take along whittling project. Here is a progression of one I'm currently working on. I've roughed them out in the field with a tomahawk or a big knife but this one I profiled with the band saw. The wood is Alaska yellow cedar, about 16 inches by 4 by 1 inch thick.
You can shape it all with a knife, but I used my little drawknife.
I shape the convex side first and get that close to final shape before scooping out the concave side. I define the vein on the top side:
Then I do to work on the concave (bottom) side using a bent knife.
after an hour or two, here are the chips at my feet:
I carve them until they are thin enough, I can see light though them this seems to be less than 2 millimeters. Here's one held up to a light:
These veneer calipers show it is about 1 mm thick:
They are light like real feathers and move in the wind when suspended on string;
Here are some waiting for final sanding, Western Red cedar and Alaska yellow cedar. The smallest is about 15 inches long. The dark one is red cedar with an oil finish.
Thanks for looking.
Very nice - I like! You have some nice tools too.
This guy showed up in the flower pot.
What, the knife or the stick?
It's hardly a thing of beauty, but whittling a little spatula beside the fire this weekend was very relaxing. There's something about cooking a meal with something so simple that's very satisfying.
Newbie here going through the forums (some great info folks). Anyway, here's a few things I've whittled and kept and/or still using.
Moai in Fraser Fir with a Mora Eldris.
Moai in Red Oak with a Mora Garberg.
Spatula in White Ash with a Mora Garberg. Steam bent in the field using a MSR pot, para-cord and a twig for a wedge.
Wand in White Ash with a Mora Garberg, Mora 120 & Flexcut Gouge.
Fork in American Beech with a Mora 120.
Spoon in American Beech with a Mora 120 & 164.
Turtle in American Beech with a Mora 120.
Oh and a bit of sandpaper here & there.
Seems i appear to be a Mora fan eh, or a tight Scotsman lol
Need to do more of this sort of thing!
What kind of whittling stick is that?
welcome @hooliganwithheart ; great talent you have
Appreciate the welcome and much thanks for the kind comment. Still have lots to try & learn like us all and enjoy every bit of it. Plenty of inspiration in here
Search "try stick"....basically where you "try" as many different wood notches/ fittings as you can think of, on a single stick of wood. Good practice for bushcraft
Try sticks are also a great way to get to know a new knife.
Some stuff I did recently.
Getting to know the knife.
Made a Kylie for my archery club. 3/4" birch plywood. That stuff is a bear to work with using a knife. The grain is just rediculus. I actually had to break down and sand the piece (I try not to sand anything, don't like the finish)
I would have much preferred a plank to the ply for this.
Made a spoon and spatula set for some friends as part of a housewarming gift. That wood had some of the most twisted wonky grain I have ever seen in what looked like clear birch. The set went from being very geometric to free form very quickly.
This could use a bump, a lot of neat stuff in here.
Whittled some pace beads
very nice; neat way to make them
Hold up hod did you keep the wood from splitting on you?
Just took my time and got lucky. The wood is from a poplar sapling so the center was pretty soft.
Carved these for my two granddaughters this afternoon, they loved them. This was my first time carving these. Hopefully will get better at it.
Just finished a chess set made using a only a sog paratool for the multi tool challenge thread
Posted this in another thread before I knew this one existed, but I did this the other night as an anxiety reliever. It's the first detailed piece I've carved. Just a couple of spoons and a kuksa up till now.
Its been a while since I've done any carving/whittling. Yesterday I felt like carving something so I made a little mammoth totem. Its aspen carved with my Mora 122.
Nothing fancy, but it works for me.
My son wanted to try carving today. His only experience carving so far was a spoon he carved on a camping trip. We spent about an hour carving before he had to go. He carved a gnome using my Mora 122 and I got started on a wood spirit using my Mora 106. He did a great job!
I enjoyed carving the mammoth totem so much I decided to carve a bison totem today. Here it is along with the piece of wood I carved it from. John Taylor Butcher Block Conditioner really brings out the beauty of the wood. I used my Mora 122 again.
Cross-posting. The outlines of these two paddles were cut out with an electric jigsaw, but formed and shaped completely with hand tools - drawknife, spokeshave, jack plane, and rasp.
A little whittling for Canada Day.
Cool thread! don't know how I missed it. So many great post.. too many to comment on them all.
Love the paddles @Youcantreadinthedark what did you make em out of?
@pab1 The Bison is the bomb! And you all did a great job on gnomes.
@Luchtaine Like it!
Guess I should post something. Hmm Lets see.... I'm carving a shrinkpot style lampshade out of Peach wood and herd maple. still not done. This is a picture of the Yakut in the women's pass-around before I sharpened it the grind wouldn't bite the wood right. It's about time to get back to it.
They are both cherry.