That it is. Buy a few Swiss Made gouges and a urethane mallet (the
only good use of that plastic crap, other than suspension bushings)
and go to work!
Swiss Made = Pfeil. Zimply Wunnerful tools. I have to sharpen them
less than any other brand I have, which includes Marples, Lee Valley,
Two Cherries (mostly good, but their hardness varies), and Robert
Sorby (too hard, very chip-prone.)
I lost my passion for it when I found that most of the wood I'd bought
for carving was hosed with bugs from the termites infesting my old
house. I left most of it at the curb when I moved.
I have some duplicates in my collection of gouges. Let me know what
you are looking for and maybe I can supply them to you at a much
better price than your going out and buying them new.
I recommend a small set to get started with, then see what you need
and buy individual tools to fill it out. I got my urethane Shop Fox
mallet at Grizzly and absolutely adore it. I use it for installing new
door frames, cabinet hinges, and such, too.
Progress is the product of human agency. Things get better because
we make them better. Things go wrong when we get too comfortable,
when we fail to take risks or seize opportunities.
-- Susan Rice
I picked up a set of 12 old gouges on Ebay recently for $150. 6 are
Pfeil, the other 6 are German and English (Sheffield). None of them is
very big (wide) but they are full size.
I picked up a 3/4" plank of Basswood and Butternut at a local wood
Well, I am interested. Perhaps you can email me with what you're ready
to part with (and whether they are the 8" or 10" models). I will figure
out exactly what I have. I've got that "small starter set" you
mentioned below! ; )
Wow, you started out with a larger investment than I did.
I found Dick Onian's book _Essential Woodcarving Techniques_ very
helpful. And I rented some of the carving videos from the local
Writers to look for: Chris Pye, Mike Burton, both experts.
Strip the crip to email to me, then I'll have your email addy.
Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Yes, they are partially to blame for getting me into this. ;)
I have found everyone I have met in wood carving to be very supportive.
Here's a very nice one by Ron Ramsey; he has a web site too:
Personally, I'm most interested in relief-carving as ornamentation.
I am particularly impressed by the carvings of the well-known Acanthus
leaves. In fact, here's a whole book on carving them (it contains a nice
bit of history on the matter and pictures, even if you never carve
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
IIRC, Google has many nice pictures/images too.
Hungary has got quite rich history with wood carving. Well worth visiting if
one is in Europe. I will be there for next 6 days and this site popped up
when I was looking for possible places to visit in Budapest.
Unfortunately the shop is located quite far from last metro station and
propably won't visit it during this visit.
I'm a woodcarver. Did a bit many years ago and never stayed with it.
About 2.5 years ago I signed up for a free local class. I ended up
joining the local carver's guild and am still there.
At the recent Artisty in Wood show (largest woodcarving show in
America), I finally picked up a power carver. I've been mostly doing
easy wood projects, but been wanting to try other materials. Going to
try my hand at bone and stone. I'll be interesting to say the least.
Fortunately, I've managed to keep my carving tool inventory low, just
a handful of knives. I've already gotten carried away with turning
tools. This year I'm going to do more with the scrollsaw and carving.
At least that's the plan. ;)
I'm late responding, I've been "away", so I'm catching up on threads.
I recently reviewed my options for doing some carving. I have a few
tools, but I think I need a few more chisels, as per some books I've
been reading. I haven't carved anything of relavence in a long time.
Bill, if you are the Bill in Indianapolis, you might check out your
local carver's guild or Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Mary May
will be conducting a class (fundamentals) at Marc Adams School in
June, 2012. http://www.marymaycarving.com/woodcarving%20classes.htm
I vacation in NC about twice a year and I see she will conduct a class
on the fundamentals of carving in Pittsboro. I may consider
attending. I don't know what the costs may be, ..... yet.
I suppose any reasonable instructor is sufficient for learning basics,
Yes, it's within driving distance. The cost is $755 for 5 days (which
makes me pause), but I just checked and the class in July is already
full! I've watched the episode of The Woodwright's Shop in which Mary
May visits several times. Every time it comes around again I'm a little
I picked up Yorburg's book on Acanthus carving so I'll have to try to
figure it out myself this year. I've learned a great deal about relief
carving in the last few months. Lotta art!
As a matter of coincidence, Wilburs, "Carving Architectural Detail in
Wood: The Classical Tradition" arrived in my mailbox today.
The books are cheap; the gouges not so much...lol.
I agree! Besides woodcarving clubs, there are some fine books out there
By the way, if anyone would care to comment on how they adorn the
apron's of his or her tables with woodcarving, or the equivalent, it
would put a nice spin on this thead! : ) It occurred to me that I
probably don't want to put "dust collector's" on the tops of tables.
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