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Old 10-04-2009, 07:29 PM   #21
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Not sure exactly how long it took. I worked on it for a couple weeks, but it was all little chunks of time here and there. I'll try and keep better track on the next one. Should get faster, since I'm kinda figuring out how to do this as I go. I'd be surprised if I ever got fast enough to be able to sell them though - Lord knows I wouldn't pay me to make these .

Tools for this don't need to be terribly expensive. I used a drill and scroll saw to rough out the outline, then carved the rest by hand. You could do the rough-out with a coping saw instead, if you don't have a scroll saw. I did some of the initial carving with a cheap Exacto knife, then visited a woodworking store and picked up a couple actual carving tools. Most useful were a small detail knife and chisel, but a gouge came in handy occasionally. Those are neat, but aren't truly necessary - could have finished it with the Exacto. Final cleanup was with strips of sandpaper and small diamond files. You can get a full set of those for a few bucks at HarborLowesDunnDepot.

I sealed the handle by rubbing in a couple coats of gel varnish, plus a bit of Danish Oil for the bits way in the middle that were too hard to reach with a cloth. The wood for the first handle is basswood, which I'm already completely bored with. It's supposed to be the most popular carving/whittling wood, and it does cut very nicely. However, it has no grain pattern to speak of so the finish doesn't bring out much of interest, and sanding leaves lots of fuzzy bits rather than clean planes. Going to try a little bit harder wood next, which is probably a standard noob carving error that'll earn me a few stitches.

I can post some in-progress pics of the next one if anyone's interested in giving it a try.


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Old 10-04-2009, 07:31 PM   #22
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that is CRAZY sexy!


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Old 10-04-2009, 07:34 PM   #23
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I have handle envy. I have little black balls.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:38 PM   #24
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You should try soapstone. That would look amazing in soapstone.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:02 PM   #25
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Wow..............I mean Wow. I think I shall attempt to copy this, allthough the bar has been set pretty high indeed, really good work.

 
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:27 PM   #26
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Right, so I mentioned that I get sidetracked onto other projects easily, yes? Good, now that that's out of the way, I finally got around to finishing handle #2. Strangely, it was other carving that got in the way - once I finished the first, I kept finding (or having found for me) other small projects to try. Maybe I'll get to the rest more quickly. Or not, whichever

This one is cherry - I found a nice piece of scrap that had a nice color shift between the heartwood and the sapwood and centered the knotwork on the dividing line.




And the current lineup...

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Old 01-29-2010, 11:30 PM   #27
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Those are really nice...Good work.

Makes me want to try, I can almost count the stitches now.

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:12 AM   #28
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WOW! Very classy.

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:18 AM   #29
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...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

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Old 01-30-2010, 02:29 PM   #30
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Now that is craftsmanship! Amazing

+1 for me if you feel like selling a few

The nicest looking thing I have seen in a while



 
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