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  • Wilderness man with bear cub sidekick

    Hey All,

    Brand new to this forum and to woodcarving! Loving the hobby and am excited to join this great community (been reading without an account for a bit now!)

    I attached photos of a pair of figures I just finished up and then soaked in a generous amount of 100% tung oil. I'll likely try some painting with watered down paints to give some colour once the oil cures well
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    Welcome to the forum.

    That’s some pretty fine detail for a beginner. Can’t offer any paint suggestions since I don’t paint my work big fan of letting wood look like wood.

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    • #3
      Wow! that is really good. I like it unpainted so am anxious to see it painted
      Herb

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      • #4
        Excellent carvings! Did you come up with the design yourself, too?
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        • #5
          Thanks all! Took up carving to try to calm anxiety from stresses of life and our current 'situation'. LOVE it so far.

          Ed and Herb, I will give you a follow up with some photos once I try out the painting part. Tung oil has been curing for a few days now so it should be good to take some light painting.

          JerseyGirl, Thank you!! I got ideas from other carvers on instagram for the bear head on the man but came up with everything else myself. Main end goal is to become skilled enough to carve tops for homemade jewelry boxes for my 3 daughters.

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          • #6
            Nice work on those! If this is beginner carvings, I may as well give up.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JasonIdz View Post
              Main end goal is to become skilled enough to carve tops for homemade jewelry boxes for my 3 daughters.
              I think you are skilled enough already for that! Look forward to seeing them.
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              • #8
                Wonderful carvings Jason. That seems a little beyond beginner work. You have a great future in carving. How tall is the man.
                If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

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                • #9
                  Wow thanks for all the positive feedback guys! I was not expecting this at all!!

                  The man is almost 5" tall. I used basswood blocks that were ordered from Lee Valley (I'm in Ontario Canada). Also picked up some of the traditional Japanese carving knives and some flexcut palm chisels.

                  I am very glad to see the activity here as I have many many many questions about this hobby. Already gave myself a good 1 1/2" gash in my hand with a cutting blade... Does that count as initiation?
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                  • #10
                    Welcome, Jason, and excellent work and details.
                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JasonIdz View Post
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                      I attached photos of a pair of figures I just finished up and then soaked in a generous amount of 100% tung oil. I'll likely try some painting with watered down paints to give some colour once the oil cures well
                      Hello, Jason. I took a carving class from Wayne Shinlever many years ago. He dips the carving in BLO, wipes off the excess with paper towel, then immediately begins painting with very watered down (red was 1 drop paint, 20 drops water) acrylic paints. Gives a hint of color, and doesn't hide the wood grain.

                      Claude
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JasonIdz View Post
                        Already gave myself a good 1 1/2" gash in my hand with a cutting blade... Does that count as initiation?
                        It’s called being kissed by a knife. I use a leather-lined Kevlar glove that I reinforce with vetape. Saved my butt many times. Also be sure to protect your lap when you carve. I sometimes use a wood cutting board or my vegetable bin “lapshop”. One slip and you can sever a femoral artery. Seriously… protect yourself. You will slip again and you won’t see it coming.
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                        • #13
                          Great job Jason. You are off to a fantastic start. Both the bear and man are carved well. Look forward to seeing more.
                          Anders.
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                          • #14
                            Yup I think WOW does it nicely. Welcome to the forum !! Looking forward to seeing more of your work so post away buddy. I really like the originallity of this piece. It has just got that something that pushes it up a few levels.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JasonIdz View Post
                              Wow thanks for all the positive feedback guys! I was not expecting this at all!!

                              The man is almost 5" tall. I used basswood blocks that were ordered from Lee Valley (I'm in Ontario Canada). Also picked up some of the traditional Japanese carving knives and some flexcut palm chisels.

                              I am very glad to see the activity here as I have many many many questions about this hobby. Already gave myself a good 1 1/2" gash in my hand with a cutting blade... Does that count as initiation?
                              Alright..... having drawn first blood, and producing carvings like these, this is your official notice....

                              You "beginner" status has been revoked!!

                              ....Dave
                              Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
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