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    I haven't done a whole lot of carving over the past few years, but I did have a little fun with sweet potatoes the last year or so. I even carved one of my WhittlePup figures in the potato. It ... dried funny.

    These sweet potato carvings are fun. I can carve a very basic face, something along the lines of that 5 Minute Wizard, in 15 minutes or so. It takes a couple of weeks to dry (put it on my shop, on a nail, with a fan on it), and the result is unique every time. They're kind of boring un-painted, but a rudimentary paint job really makes 'em pop. Loads of fun.

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    That's neat stuff . . . kind of has a Salvador Dali, melting look
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    • #3
      Rotana: Yeah, especially the Tater Pup. That one really "melted!"

      Jim

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      • #4
        I tried carving a couple of sweet potatoes & got the same results. Didn't do anymore my carvings look kind of fun without the help of mother nature.
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          I enjoy carving sweet potato faces and giving then away. The last couple f years I have carved the at our state fair carving demo and people will tell me they still have theirs from two years ago. I like your painted faces!
          Herb

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          • #6
            OK, new thing to me, all. How long do they keep when dried? A finish is put on them, and if so what type?
            Bill
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            • #7
              I have a few that are more than 10 years old, with no finish at all. Others I have just painted with acrylics. Some I've finished with paste wax after painting. I've also used Danish oil (not recommended), and spray poly.

              I had a few get chewed up by bugs, so once they're dry, I put them into the oven for a few hours at 200 degrees. So far, no more bug problems.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jmischel View Post
                I have a few that are more than 10 years old, with no finish at all. Others I have just painted with acrylics. Some I've finished with paste wax after painting. I've also used Danish oil (not recommended), and spray poly.

                I had a few get chewed up by bugs, so once they're dry, I put them into the oven for a few hours at 200 degrees. So far, no more bug problems.
                Thanks jmischel, and I know the colonists dried apple figures and used them for doll heads. I guess that is the same thing...at least related. Curious why Danish Oil is a problem?

                Bill
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                • #9
                  Those are cool. Good stuff!

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                  • #10
                    Bill:

                    Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post

                    Curious why Danish Oil is a problem?
                    The stuff I used went on pretty thick and dried with a real shine to it. Perhaps I just needed to thin it. But I didn't like the finish it left. I thought it was weird, because usually Danish oil doesn't leave that kind of finish. Maybe I should try it again.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by uvawyo View Post
                      I enjoy carving sweet potato faces and giving then away. The last couple f years I have carved the at our state fair carving demo and people will tell me they still have theirs from two years ago. I like your painted faces!
                      I've seen your sweet potato carvings, Herb, and really like them. I haven't tried complete figures yet, having too much fun with the faces.

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                      • #12
                        Those sure are fun carvings, Jim. I remember one of my kids doing that in school.
                        Joe

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                        • #13
                          Great carvings, Jim - definitely looking at the carving world from a different angle!

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