Originally Posted by woodstone
...I did a lot of carving in my youth...mostly caricatures and things...sort of like these examples...http://www.pioneermtwoodworking.com/catalog7.html
...not carved in a long time...from this thread it sounds like you are just starting...keep up the good work...looks great!
Of note, I have a lot of different carving tools...oddly, this (with the curved blade) was always my favorite..http://www.xacto.com/Product/X3261
Nice stuff, Woodstone. Yeah, I've done some woodworking, but I'm fairly new to actual carving. Thanks to craigslist, though, I've got a much larger tool collection than I did a few months ago
The Xacto blades haven't come out in awhile - had to dig a couple tips out that snapped in a tight corner, so don't use them as often.
Originally Posted by BoiseJim
DAMN! I dabble in woodwork, but you are an artist. The second one is by far nicer. Nice choice of wood. Are these designs just in your head or are you going off a drawing/template?
Too bad tiger maple is so expensive...
Thanks for the compliments, all. I sketched out a design freehand first, then once I had it all cleaned up I made a copy and glued it to the wood before drilling and sawing out the holes. Not sure if that's what you meant by a template? The original designs were mine, at least as much as anyone can lay claim to variations of celtic knotwork that's been around for centuries
Trying to decide on my next wood - will probably go with black walnut, so I can have some darker handles for porters and stouts. I've got a few beautiful scraps of figured wood, including some curly maple, but I'm not sure whether the pattern would show up very well, since there aren't very many unbroken surfaces.