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Old 09-01-2010, 10:27 AM   #15
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Yes, the Internet has become the major communication path to social ice-breaking conversations<grin>. Explore a local carving club.... if possible. Check out the RV resorts and RV communities. In other words, places where the community has clubs.

Sunflower RV Resort (Surprise, AZ) enjoys a huge "winter visitor" population. Over 33 different clubs and activities are available when the 'winter visitors' arrive. That is where I found the wood carving club. That club is also associated with 4 other nearby RV resort woodcarver clubs that weekly trade as being a "host" to the other clubs. The result is more than 100 woodcarvers and a wide variety of woodcarving skill levels and interests... it ain't just whittlin' <grin>. Relief carving, power tool carving, chip carving are just a few categories. You can also go to Michaels or other craft place and find basic woodcarving kits.... And... what about your local Boy Scout organization? They probably have someone who knows about woodcarving and can provide someone with knowledge about "easy" books... or a local person who teaches or will show the basics.

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Great Suggestions, thanks! I tried contacting our local club through the email addy provided online but my email came back "undeliverable". I'll have to explore some of the other options you gave me.
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Regarding "contacting" others.... we tend to use the Internet so frequently we forget to use that old fashion device.... telephone.... especially if it's local call<grin>

We lived in Florida for several years, both Miami area (80's) and Pensacola (90's). Went back later with our work (a travel job). Totally disappointed with Miami area... decided to give up on visiting Florida in the future. However, we were extremely happy to have been fortunate to live in Florida when we had the opportunity.... Lots of good memories.

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A couple more suggestions for finding a local carving group.
Join the woodcarvers mail list at Woodcarver Info Page
Ask about clubs or groups in your area on the mail list.
Go to your local "Woodcraft" store if you have one and ask about local groups.

Other ideas to help get started, Get a book or two by Tom Wolfe, his books are generally step by step for the beginner.

Tools, the only tool needed to start with is a bench knife, Butz is good one. Get a glove that's cut resistant to wear on your non-knife had and get a thumb protector. There's lots of on line carving supply stores.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:14 PM   #19
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Awesome, THANKS! I never know what to get him for Christmas (he never has an answer when I ask) so he usually ends up with a gift card or shirts so I'm excited to be able to get him something fun!
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Great. That's how I got started. I mentioned that it might be something I could do. Next birthday a couple knives, a couple blocks of bass wood and a book. The rest is history.
PS Anne carves as much or more than I do now.
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Carvng Magazine has an on-line listing og carving clubs by state and by country.
Also check out the threads "Carved Walking Sticks" by Barrie Bochoff and "A Cut Above" by james kent.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:04 AM   #22
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I carve decoys and birds.
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Christmas ornaments I've carved.
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A few more ornaments.
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Other Christmas Carvings

Here's some other carvings
The houses are Bark carvings done in Cotton Wood bark.
The angle is holly.
Show us some of your Christmas carvings.
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Here's some other carvings
The houses are Bark carvings done in Cotton Wood bark.
The angle is holly.
Show us some of your Christmas carvings.
Those are very nice. I like the angel. Isn't holly a hard wood, difficult to carve with a knife?
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Those are very nice. I like the angel. Isn't holly a hard wood, difficult to carve with a knife?
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Yes Holly is quite difficult to carve.
However I made a mistake. The angle is aspen.
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joe carving is real easy. i do a lot of it. most important to have your blade stupidly sharp.
then you get your piece of wood thats close to the right size.

then you cut away everything that doesn't look like what your wanting to carve.

its just as easy as that.
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