If wood is hard to carve soak the wood in denatured alcohol (available in home improvement stores) or spray it on the wood. The denatured alcohol will not bother the grain and will soften the wood to allow you to carve more easily.
Buy quality carving tools from the start. You will never regret it and it will save you money in the long run. Keep your tools in a good tool box. Protect your tools from moisture.
Wash your carving before painting with soap and water. This will cause the wood to swell and close up any small gaps in the wood. You can paint it before the wood dries.
A veiner is a gouge - not a v-tool! It is shaped like a"U" that has been squeezed.
Don't use boiled linseed oil on outdoor carvings. It dries too slowly and promotes fungus. Better to use a marine type finish with UV blocking. All wood has a tendency to check. A change in the carving's environment can cause checking.
When power carving pine knots or high resin wood, spray paint thinner on the wood to help keep burs clean of the resin.
Create a Santa study stick
Purpose of this document: it is in the hopes the effort of making this tutorial on carving a Santa study stick, or practice stick, that those with basic to intermediate carving skills can accomplish the task of making the project for themselves, then have one to copy from in their hand and continue carving others as practice. Although Not suggested for a true beginner, Who still needs to learn carving safety, how to sharpen, hone and maintain cutting edges, in addition to general carving experience in the basic skills.....Click Here
NEAT WAY TO HOLD YOUR INSTRUCTION SHEET SO IT IS NOT IN YOUR WAY!
Wood Butter? What? You’ve heard of regular butter, peanut butter, almond butter, apple butter, but wood butter? Sounds tasty, eh? Well, you probably don’t want to eat this stuff. Have you ever eaten dutch oven mutton? Actually , it is one of my favorite meats but it has to be almost burned to a crisp. It’s pretty tasty but you need one of those rubber spatulas your wife uses in the kitchen to scrap the grease off the top of your mouth. Hey, I didn’t say it was healthy, just good! I’m sure wood butter wouldn’t be as tasty and you would definitely have to use the spatula after eating it.
I can see clearly now
Tip submitted by John Mignone, a frequent contributor to Wood Carving Illustrated. To view all Wood Carving Illustrated issues John has contributed to CLICK HERE.
Woodcarving Illustrated Issue #4 Page 20
Helpful Hints, by Michael Keller - White Eagle Studios - http://www.whiteeaglestudios.com/
|•||When working with wood that is either too hard or to soft, to achieve good detail, I apply a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water to the area. Once the mixture is absorbed into the wood, I find that it cuts much more easily.|
|•||Wearing a carving glove when holding a piece being worked on is a good idea; such as with whittling. Place the glove on the hand holding the piece itself. It could save you from a needless injury.|
|•||I hone my tools approximately once each hour of use. Doing so keeps a fine razor edge on the tool.|
|•||I don't try to catch a dropped knife or chisel. It is easier to sharpen a dropped tool than it is to repair a finger or toe.|
|•||A small sliver can often be removed by placing a piece of tape over it and pulling it gently off.|
|•||Good carving comes from practice and experience. And a lot of that comes from bad judgment along the way.|
|•||It's never too late to start carving. Many artists have taken up carving after retirement.|
|•||Albeit, I do not believe in sanding, careful tooling and clean cuts save you hours of sanding.|
|•||Clean cuts provide a highly finished professional look. When I use hand tools (versus mallet work) on cross grain, I use a slicing cut for much greater ease.|
|•||I find that clamping my work so both hands are free is always worth the effort - not to mention the added safety.|
|•||When doing lettering and fine line detail, I use a hooked, razor sharp knife. Doing so helps prevent my knife from coming loose from my cut and slipping or streaking across the wood. If you have not experienced a hooked knife, I suggest you do. The advantages are endless|
|•||When using palm gouges, it is easy to bang the knuckles or fingers of the pushing hand on the piece being carved. Once you have banged yourself a few times, wrap the banged spot in vet wrap or elastic bandage material to soften future banging. Banging yourself a few times will make it abundantly clear where to apply the vet wrap.|
|Using a template can offer many advantages in applying your carving project on wood. A template can be:|
|1||moved around on your wood ensuing a good fit|
|2||enlarged or reduced on a copy machine to better fit your wood|
|3||used over and over again in cases where you are doing multiple pieces|
|4||can help you identify waste wood allowing you to band saw or chisel it off prior to getting into the meat of things .|
|Remember to make a top and side view template that can be aligned with each other on the wood. Use carbon paper or a pattern makers wheel to transfer your work to the wood if you cannot use a pencil around the edges of your pattern.|
Carving Magazine Carving Hint ...... 10 Tips For Carving Eyes!
Beginning Carving Tips
Wood carving is, for many people, an interesting combination of hobby and art. Just like with pottery making or other types of similar art, a wood carver is deeply involved in the creation process. The finished wood carvings are much more than a pretty piece of ornament – they have a symbolic value or the creator that is often hard to express in money or material things. Here are a few tips that will help beginning wood carvers learn how to master this rewarding hobby:
Tip1: Ask questions! There is absolutely no shame in wanting to learn something, and experienced wood carvers will always have a useful tip or instruction for you. Before you can develop your personal carving style you need to learn the basics, so joining some classes or having a tutor may just be one of the best approaches.
Tip 2: Don't rush. There is no point in finishing a carving quickly. You should work without any time pressure and without attempting to produce something beautiful very quickly. Communicate with the wood while you are carving and create a comfortable pace for your work – this is the only way in which you can produce harmonious results. When it comes to wood carving, patience is a virtue!
Tip 3: Safety is essential. You are working with a wood carving knife and accidents are always a potential danger. Make sure to get used to holding the knife firmly and learn how to handle the wood itself. Always keep your other hand out of the way of the carving knife and wear a thumb guard on the carving hand. Thumb guards might take a while to get accustomed to, but they offer excellent protection against knife cuts.
Tip 4: Analyze your work. Compare your wood carvings with those of others, both professional and amateur. Do not do this in a competitive fashion – instead, try to adopt ideas and perspectives noticed in other wood carvings and adapt them to your own style.
Tip 5: Work smart. Don't work on the carving for more than 30 – 45 minutes at a time. Your hands will get cramps from the work unless you are trained to do this. Don't turn wood carving into an unpleasant and demanding experience. Valuable results are achieved in time, not in one afternoon!
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Carving a Golf Ball? Removing the Outer Casing
by Melissa Barclay
Tools: coping saw (fine blade), marking pen, steel or leather glove, chisel and golf ball.
Each golf ball has a center seam. Cutting along the seam will give your finished carving a nice look.
Using a mesh steel glove to hold the ball is a good idea. The saw has a tendency to slide on the ball which will result in injury. Carefully saw around the ball until you can see rubber ball inside.
Gently push the casing off by working the corner of the chisel under the casing all the way around the golf ball. It usually takes going around the ball twice to remove it.
Apply a little pressure and half of the casing should come right off. The ball is ready for carving.