Whittling

32t

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I decided to try my first project with my symmetrical knife. I poked my left hand in my palm with the point but didn't get the edge and the spine mixed up!

I have a stick from an earlier vacation this year and decided to go with the theme of a wizard using the knot as his mouth.

The one on the left is where I am so far compared to the other two that I have done before.

This one might hit the burn pile but I am going to quit for now and see what tomorrow brings.

1977
 

verndahl

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Hey! nice job! Whittling can be fun, and it's fairly portable too. Something that can be carried easily (the knife) with a material that can be picked up most anywhere (wood). My son who is in Colombia right now (serving with the church for 2 years) just bought one of Flex cut's Carving Jack knives. Something to do in the evenings yet something that won't take much space in the suit case when they come home.
 

RezDog

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They look good Tim. I’ve tried and it’s not as easy as I would like it to be. Skills all take proactive.
 

32t

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I have a carving jack that I used the V gouge for the whiskers for example.

Very uncomfortable handle with all the tools. Tell your son to make sure that the tools he is not using are locked in properly or he may cut himself while using it. The tools he is not using at the moment. Speaking from experience with minor injury!

I haven't had to do more than strop the blades but I can see that being an issue. You can make your own but I purchased their strop block as part of the kit and it works fine.
 

32t

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A couple of fun quick experiments tonight.

Hard to get a random pattern.
1978


A good use of Buckthorn! Buckthorn was wrong I should have said Prickley Ash.

I am sorry
 
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verndahl

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I had never heard of Buckthorn ('till i just looked it up).How does it carve? looks like it makes good mushrooms!
 

32t

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I have corrected my previous post I was wrong calling it buckthorn and it is Prickly Ash.

I continued my experiments and tried to singe the carvings. In this situation I don't think it worked well.

1980
 

32t

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I don't know, i personally see improvement. Makes the details stand out.
I would like them dark in the "pits" and light on the outside. When I tried to brown the pits to sand them the ridges burnt off .
 

32t

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A morel mushroom may seem easy to carve and I can do a relatively good one but I am trying to get a system to speed them up.

You might have seen these pictures before but they are a short history of my trying.

I would like to get the top of a walking stick down which is the main drive for my experimenting.

The one with the chainsaw is a tree I trimmed on the edge of my camping spot. It ended up looking more like a 4 foot penis.
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I am a little biased towards the one cast in bronze.
 

verndahl

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Now, if you placed the Morel decoys strategically in the woods would they attract more Morels? :) (or maybe be a funny joke for other 'shroom hunters) Kind of like a golf scramble when someone throws marshmellows around the course!
 

32t

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If I was to leave decoys for Morels i would just use corn cobs instead of marshmallows.

Sitting around the campfire I have carved many a Morel topped tent stake and left them for others.

I obviously have never gotten feed back but hope others enjoy.
 
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