Check out the OT in front of most of the posts. That means "Off Topic" and
tends to mean the guys posting are discussing something other than woodworking,
something that may or may not be bullshit of the purest ray serene, but that
might also take place in a shop in a real life setting. So, on that basis, it's
Best bet: if OT posts send you up the wall, filter anything with OT.
Does Web TV filter? If not, simply avoid OT posts. They're dangerous. You might
learn something. Or not.
"The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out
of it." Doris Day
fact is, responses don't always carry "OT:" in the subject. Second point is
the Patriot guy is a troll, third point is there is a large number of
wreckers who think it is ok to put this political crap in the group.
It used to be that politics, religion and sex were banned in some
workplaces. In others it was an unspoken rule - for good reason. I don't
mind the occasional OT thread myself, but if I want to follow American
politics I'll go to a suitable NG. The 100-200 post superthreads in the
wreck simply should not be here.
"Charlie Self" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Have you checked out the Vesterheim museum in Decorah, Iowa?
http://www.vesterheim.org/ - the have a extensive museum, and contests
and exhibitions. Good bookstore as well, might have something in there
that's of use to you. If you're anywhere near Iowa, it's worth the
drive to go to in person.
yes, start a new thread, maybe with the subject line "Wood carving,
Viking style." This thread is destined to go into the trasher...
On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 13:44:23 -0700, email@example.com (karen king)
I think I remember seeing both Kerry and Bush wearing a viking hat on some
website somewhere once. Maybe it was www.jibjab.com ? You might want to
follow the advice of TWS and start a new thread on Viking style carving...
Get your tools really, really sharp and match your design to the grain of
the wood. Don't try to do fiddly little stuff on wood that won't support it.
Oak is a traditional wood for Viking-era carving, but its too coarse grained
for a lot of designs. Lime or Basswood is a better choice to begin with and
Lime is also a traditional wood.
Depending on what you're doing you might want to spring for a Frost (brand
name) curved knife. ($20 or less, available from Highland Hardware and a lot
of other places.) Great for doing spoons, bowls, etc. Just remember to
sharpen and hone it before you try to use it.
Study as many pictures as you can find. There are some subtleties to the
various Viking styles that aren't immediately obvious. For example, pay
attention to the symmetry (or lack of it) in those carvings.
Above all, have fun.
Lime - Tilia species, aka linden or basswood. You don't grow green
lemons on it.
Small leaved limes are found in the Scandanavian countries, large
leaved limes are only found in the Southern half of Europe (mid UK and
South). Most of the limes we have today are a hybrid.
Ah. That I can see, in fact I've got hundreds of 'em growing on my land
in a not-dissimilar-from-Norway climate (Wisconsin).
So, what's the best way to handle a basswood tree to get it to be
most usable for carving? I've got a clump of 'em overhanging what is going
to be the back yard once I get the lawn in.
Take the leaves off, ignore it for a couple of years. Lime has to be
the easiest timber to season - it's very well behaved.
OK, so it's not _that_ easy. You need to split the log or you'll get
splitting. But it's an easy season, even in 4" thick slabbed logs, or
as big lumps for carving.
Don't let water drip on it, or you get water stain problems.
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