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  • Hi everyone!

    Just a quick intro i love wood and its a great medium to work with. I did framing, furniture and cabinet building and been carving wood in between since 1998.
    Looking forward to seeing you guys wood works and share mine , i am always looking to learn and i will help anyone if i can.
    These days im into power carving to get my ideas into wood faster, i come from a traditional tools background and will always use them but not start to finish haha.

    If any questions please ask anytime.

    Eric B

    Ps, Here is a picture of one of my latest pieces sorry for bad quality and the eagle's been gathering dust but it gives an idea of what im doing.More to come.

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    Eric,

    Welcome to the forum great looking bird.

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    • #3
      Hi Eric , Welcome , Great subject you chose to Carve . Good work . Merle

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      • #4
        Welcome, and it looks like you're going to be another asset to this site
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          Welcome. Your carving is big enough to make a statement when finished.
          Do you have a particular wood that you prefer for carving? Look like wide growth rings.
          I like the contrasting textured and smooth surface finishings.
          Brian T

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          • #6
            Welcome to great forum, Eric, and varied types of carving here. Enjoy!
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nebraska View Post
              Eric,

              Welcome to the forum great looking bird.
              Hi Nebraska nice to meet you and thank you its modeled after a plastic model 8 inch tall i bought years before carving this, i knew at the time it was out of my league so i kept it then carved this 15 or so years later mostly visually with basic proportion measurements but i made it exaggerated on purpose some of the figures or lines maybe boldness you could call it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Merle Rice View Post
                Hi Eric , Welcome , Great subject you chose to Carve . Good work . Merle

                Hello Merle Rice pleasure to meet you, Thank you for the kind words .

                Yes the eagle is very powerful i am lucky to see them nearly every day in the summer. I will carve more this one took 110 hours and when i saw, Saw Dogs the eagle he made in 2 hours i knew something had to change ahah.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
                  Welcome, and it looks like you're going to be another asset to this site
                  Nice to meet you joepaulbutler , I will try its all about balance give and take.

                  Its going to take me a while to get around in here and right now im building a low budget carving area mostly poles and greenhouse plastic i think is going to be the roof its 16x16 , just big enough to but blocks or logs and rip into into in with chain saws,grinders,sanders.

                  Right now im trying hard to create my own style of chain saw carvings im so used to smooth carvings like Ian Norbury but busting out of styles is,hard.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                    Welcome. Your carving is big enough to make a statement when finished.
                    Do you have a particular wood that you prefer for carving? Look like wide growth rings.
                    I like the contrasting textured and smooth surface finishings.
                    Hi Brian T thanks for the welcome and nice compliments.

                    My favorites are basswood for hand tools and details,the nice warm colors and smells great.

                    For big pieces and carving big chunks out eastern white pine is the go to and this bird is this wood.Grows fast around 90 years +- for this size.

                    I recently tried white cedar now if i could get large pieces of that it would be great but around here it grows so slow most of it has been cut over in a few centuries.

                    Poplar is a good cheap alternative to basswood almost carves the same but its more dry,basswood is oily wood tools glide in it, poplar is light/stain colored i might start using more of it.

                    White birch is another good one for hardwoods its cheap and takes good detail.

                    Alder is good when wet easy to carve.

                    But really almost any wood can be carved with the right tool, i try and use local,storm damage or tree removals otherwise i got harvest it from our wood lots.

                    I just got attachments for grinders that seems to move a lot of wood so hardwood carvings are in order.

                    For me the best wood is air dried and cured 2-3 years minimum. But sometimes green wood is the best option or the only option.

                    I'm from New Brunswick, Canada.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                      Welcome to great forum, Eric, and varied types of carving here. Enjoy!
                      Hi woodburner nice to meet you. Thank you i will try and enjoy it seems great already.

                      Im sure there is great art works here and artist and skill levels looking forward to checking it out.

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                      • #12
                        Just call me JoeB
                        . . .JoeB

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the wood info. I'm in the west slope of the Rockies, about 2 hrs west of Jasper.
                          I used western red cedar, some yellow cedar and birch. Bits of other soft woods.
                          Brian T

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
                            Just call me JoeB
                            Sure thing JoeB have a great day

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                              Thanks for the wood info. I'm in the west slope of the Rockies, about 2 hrs west of Jasper.
                              I used western red cedar, some yellow cedar and birch. Bits of other soft woods.
                              Oh nice it must be rugged beauty over there!

                              I always wanted to carve yellow cedar for the aromatic properties and the oil in the wood.

                              I seen pics of red cedar so nice the heartwood compared to ours here.

                              Sun is shinning what a time to be alive.

                              Have a good one

                              Eric

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