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    Hello there, thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm fairly new to woodcarving and its community, as I'm still trying to learn what I can. There is however a question that I wanted to ask for future reference regarding which kind of wood to use.
    The wood that I'd like to use is to carve something that I held dear to me for a long time, but I recently lost it so I'd like to have a very durable wood to work with. And since I'm pretty new to this I thought it would be better to ask more experienced woodcarvers.
    It would be helpful to have some advice, thanks in advance.

    /Blue

    (Apologise if this is the wrong place to post these kinds of questions.)

  • #2
    For me a description of what you intend to carve would helpful. Also your carving style are you a whittler, power carver, hand tool carver? Perhaps a photo of a recent carving so there is some idea of your skill level.
    Ed
    Living in a pile of chips.
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    • #3
      The most durable woods are often the hardest. The most carvable wood may be medium or soft. How long a carving lasts is more a matter of the finish and where you put it.

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      • #4
        It is hard to suggest a wood not knowing the project or how it will be used. As pallin the more duable woods are hard woods. You may want to improve your skills and knowledge working with grains and different densitys of wood before you tackle that project. I world recommend Basswood as one of the best woods for learning to carve. I have found https://heineckewood.com/ adependable resouce with quality products. If your project is decritve, I have basswood carvings the are over 30 years old.
        We live in the land of the free because of the brave!

        https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

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        • #5
          Welcome TB: Hard to suggest what you need until you say what you plan on carving.

          Western Red Cedar totem poles stand for about a century but I suppose you aren't there, yet.


          Brian T

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          • #6
            I have to join the others and ask about you plan to carve? People here carve from stone, to chain saw carvings, to whatever.

            Welcome, and a very friendly and knowledgeable bunch of folks here.
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            • #7
              I'm a whittler as well as a hand tool carver. I'm planning on whittling an old pencil, however I plan on making it slightly bigger, as to make it easier to work on the details. It would approximately be 15-20 cm long and 4-5 cm in diameter. I'd rather not color it, but as the outer part of it is supposed to be slightly green, it'll be hard to decided. I don't really have anything to show as I've already gifted what I've made to friends. The only things I've whittled so far is quills as well as carving a lid and base for a box that I made.

              This is the picture of the box, it isn't well made and it was pretty rushed.
              I apologize for the bad quality of the pictures, the base is barely visible too..

              /Blue

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              • #8
                Just clearing this out, I'm whittling wood to look like a pencil, it's not going to be a functional pencil. Just in case anyone was wondering.

                /Blue

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                • #9
                  The dimensions you have given would make this large pencil about 6 inches long, but 2 inches in diameter. A regular wooden pencil is about 7mm in diameter.

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                  • #10
                    Hi, /Blue , Not to be intended to be Sarcastic , but why a Pencil ? You can get a Wooden Dowel and Sharpen it Paint it the Color that you want and you got a Pencil . Welcome to our Group . Merle

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