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RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
I am a carver and wanted to see if anyone else in the forum shares my interest . I'll post some of my work later this week.
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    taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    i tried doing small wood carvings a few times but the last time i did (when i was 13-14) i was startled, the chisel slipped, and the gash in my finger never healed right and hurts me to this day... i wish i could get the nerve to try it again.
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    deejmemixxdeejmemixx Posts: 3,084 ✭✭
    I carve a turkey every now and again.... :D
    Cant wait to see your pictures.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭

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    He who watches over my humidors.
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    DirewolfDirewolf Posts: 3,493
    Always wanted to carve, but don't have an artistic bone in my body.
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    camgfscamgfs Posts: 968
    Nice carving!

    I carve pumpkins, does that count? lol

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    GoldyGoldy Posts: 1,638 ✭✭
    I've been carving a stone chess set for a while now.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    camgfs:
    Nice carving!

    I carve pumpkins, does that count? lol

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    Your A better carver than I'll ever be.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Goldy:
    I've been carving a stone chess set for a while now.



    Cool. Post some pictures. I'm really interested in seeing your work.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭

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    An old carving I made when I first got into the hobby.
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    camgfscamgfs Posts: 968
    How big are the wooden masks and how long does it take to carve one? What type of wood do you use?
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    camgfs:
    How big are the wooden masks and how long does it take to carve one? What type of wood do you use?



    These are both about two feet tall, made of red cedar and took approximately twelve to fourteen hours each to complete.
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    camgfscamgfs Posts: 968
    RBeckom:
    camgfs:
    How big are the wooden masks and how long does it take to carve one? What type of wood do you use?



    These are both about two feet tall, made of red cedar and took approximately twelve to fourteen hours each to complete.
    And are they stained or painted? Just curious about the process behind the mask, like what type of tools and what got you into doing them? Do you do other carvings?
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    camgfs:
    RBeckom:
    camgfs:
    How big are the wooden masks and how long does it take to carve one? What type of wood do you use?



    These are both about two feet tall, made of red cedar and took approximately twelve to fourteen hours each to complete.
    And are they stained or painted? Just curious about the process behind the mask, like what type of tools and what got you into doing them? Do you do other carvings?



    I'm just getting into carving seriously. The knives I use are made by Flex-Cut and are Hand powered, no mallets. As for the color scheme, first I painted the second carving with A flat black latex paint then sanded off the high spots. The color of the natural cedar gives A good contrast to the Amber Shellac that is used as A top coat. The other carving was much simpler to finish. A dark stain was applied then lightly sanded and topped off with Amber Shellac. I've always enjoyed carving simple designs such as walking sticks and figurines. In the near future I plan to start A five foot Tiki out of A large Black Walnut log I happened to have ran across.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭

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    My version of the shape-shifting shark. Dead as promised.
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    RhamlinRhamlin Posts: 8,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Have you done any cigar ashtrays? I saw one a guy on the boat made it was single stick travel astray that was really sharp looking.
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    DSWarmackDSWarmack Posts: 1,426
    I might have to get you to make me a cane!
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Rhamlin:
    Have you done any cigar ashtrays? I saw one a guy on the boat made it was single stick travel astray that was really sharp looking.



    Any pictures? Might be an interesting project.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    DSWarmack:
    I might have to get you to make me a cane!



    Wizards and wood-spirits are my favorite patterns. I might carve one and design A contest of sorts for it.
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    RhamlinRhamlin Posts: 8,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    RBeckom:
    Rhamlin:
    Have you done any cigar ashtrays? I saw one a guy on the boat made it was single stick travel astray that was really sharp looking.



    Any pictures? Might be an interesting project.
    Didn't think of taking a picture but it was a rectangular piece of hard wood with a bowl on one end and a long groove for resting the cigar running from the bowl to the other end.
    about 5"x3"x1.5" and finely polished.
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    clearlysuspectclearlysuspect Posts: 2,124 ✭✭✭✭
    Rhamlin:
    RBeckom:
    Rhamlin:
    Have you done any cigar ashtrays? I saw one a guy on the boat made it was single stick travel astray that was really sharp looking.



    Any pictures? Might be an interesting project.
    Didn't think of taking a picture but it was a rectangular piece of hard wood with a bowl on one end and a long groove for resting the cigar running from the bowl to the other end.
    about 5"x3"x1.5" and finely polished.
    Sounds complex and unlike anything I've ever seen before!
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Rhamlin:
    RBeckom:
    Rhamlin:
    Have you done any cigar ashtrays? I saw one a guy on the boat made it was single stick travel astray that was really sharp looking.



    Any pictures? Might be an interesting project.
    Didn't think of taking a picture but it was a rectangular piece of hard wood with a bowl on one end and a long groove for resting the cigar running from the bowl to the other end.
    about 5"x3"x1.5" and finely polished.
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    I'll try to carve one tomorrow, if it turns out right I'll trade it for A couple of Black Pearls. Any will do. And thanks for the idea this might be A fun project.
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    slickricslickric Posts: 705
    you know, i have been thinking of getting into carving for a while, is it expensive to start out?
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    slickric:
    you know, i have been thinking of getting into carving for a while, is it expensive to start out?



    Not really. It depends on the quality of the tools you choose. I prefer to only buy my tools once so I spent A good deal of money on the one's I bought. They're several companies that sell good tools at A fair price. Once you have your knives everything else can be constructed at home with very little expense. The most important item to me is A solid work space. Wood shifting and A sharp knife just don't seem to go well together. Dremel tools are another way to go. They make A large selection of carving accessories. Start small and see how the hobby grows. Search "carving knives " or something similar and you should have all the resource's you need at your disposal.
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    RhamlinRhamlin Posts: 8,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Can't wait to see how it comes out, who know you may wind up supplying us all with some great handmade ashtrays.
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    slickricslickric Posts: 705
    Rhamlin:
    Can't wait to see how it comes out, who know you may wind up supplying us all with some great handmade ashtrays.
    this is one of the reasons i think i would like it and have been toying with the idea of making my own ashtray
    RBeckom:
    slickric:
    you know, i have been thinking of getting into carving for a while, is it expensive to start out?



    Not really. It depends on the quality of the tools you choose. I prefer to only buy my tools once so I spent A good deal of money on the one's I bought. They're several companies that sell good tools at A fair price. Once you have your knives everything else can be constructed at home with very little expense. The most important item to me is A solid work space. Wood shifting and A sharp knife just don't seem to go well together. Dremel tools are another way to go. They make A large selection of carving accessories. Start small and see how the hobby grows. Search "carving knives " or something similar and you should have all the resource's you need at your disposal.
    thanks for the info man, definately looking into it
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    When I get A chance I'll post some pictures of my tools and work spaces.
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    Some of my carving tools including A simple laptop table I built.


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    slickricslickric Posts: 705
    RBeckom:

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    My version of the shape-shifting shark. Dead as promised.
    this is hilariouse by the way, have been reading about this elusive shark. glad you got it. and nice wood working. if someone was to make an ashtray, how would they finish the wood. laquer?
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    RBeckomRBeckom Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭
    I'm still researching finishes that would be suitable for ashtrays. My main concern is scorching. I'll post more on this topic as I learn it.
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    RhamlinRhamlin Posts: 8,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nice looking set of tools Rodney.
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