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    Based on some urging by others on the forum, I have carved this little guy with a few small differences. I used a Helvie detail knife to help detail the shirt and collar. I made some pretty bold cuts and they improved the carving.

    I stuck with arms at side (vs. arms in pocket) and I feel my figures are getting better with more practice using this approach. And I've tried to shape his bottom a little more, even though his legs are almost as short as mine. The cut on the pant cuffs is also a little different (and easier to paint).

    I'm a happy guy. A wise man once said, "Don't compare yourself to others; compare yourself to who you were yesterday." I try to practice this.

    More about the knife below.


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    Last edited by Rodster; 10-11-2018, 04:28 PM.
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    Well done Rodster!... I like the faces and hair style that you are putting on your carvings.
    thanks for sharing
    Wayne
    If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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    • #3
      Great work, Rodster. I think this is your best ever ... ever carving !!! //

      Well thanks, alter ego. I tend to agree. But this posting is really about the Helvie Detail knife. I've had it in the tool box for some time, but when TBox61 said he did some of his detail work on Jack Price type carvings with a X-Acto #11 knive, I thought I would dig my Helvie detail knive out of storage and give it
      a try. It works just great, partly because of the thin, flexible blade, and of course, because it's a detail knife. It sures does nice thin cuts, just when I need them.

      Here is a picture of the helvie knife (right) with a palm size handle, compared to my regular knife which I think I bought from Dave Lyons (left).


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      Last edited by Rodster; 10-12-2018, 09:02 AM.
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      • #4
        5" carvings are easier to do, but for some reason, I keep being drawn to 4" little guys. For Gene Messer, 4" is pretty tall and he argues they give you all the wood you need to carve a nice figure. I think so too.
        Last edited by Rodster; 10-12-2018, 09:30 AM.
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        • #5
          Well done! The details really help.

          Claude
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          • #6
            Hey Rod
            Bruce
            Looks like you have done a real bang up job,I am not sure if the detail knife gets all the credit, I have a vote in there for you "The Carver"
            Bruce

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            • #7
              Rodster, He is a fine looking little feller!!!!!!!!!
              Larry

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              • #8
                I also do a lot of whittling with 1x1x4" pieces and although I may start with a larger knife to begin the removal, I also turn to a detail knife (OCC Tools in my case) for getting into the small spaces. I like the shape of the handle on your Helvie, Maybe I'll carve a Santa so he can bring me one for Christmas to try.

                Great job on your little guys. I'm also getting tired of the hands in the pockets and I'm trying to get the arms to look a little more natural with a bit of bend, which is proving to be harder than it seems it should but I think this is mostly because I'm not good with hands.

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                • #9
                  Rod, very nice! I have carved collars on snowmen with a v-tool, then laid the tool on it's side to raise the collar...yours looks great, also!

                  As far as your short legs...one of the greatest US Presidents, Abe Lincoln, said that 'A man's legs must be long enough to reach the ground!'...Nuff said!

                  Have a great weekend!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jjmg View Post
                    . . . I'm also getting tired of the hands in the pockets and I'm trying to get the arms to look a little more natural with a bit of bend, which is proving to be harder than it seems.

                    Ah Ha! I thought there might be another out there who is tired of hands in pockets. And you nailed the problem! Getting the arms to look natural isn't easy.

                    Last edited by Rodster; 10-12-2018, 09:27 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks to Soggy, Claude, Magicman and Scotia Carver for 'chipping in.' And TBox61, I like the Abe Lincoln quip. Very witty.

                      Rodster
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                      • #12
                        Very nice work and I like the way the eyes are done...very Refsal like. Gene Messer and Sharonmyart have easy ways to do the hands in the pocket...at least for me. I've gotten to where I can do the hands in any position and even some in the back holding objects (axes, hammers, etc.). I'm not saying they are perfect though.

                        Enjoy your carvings.
                        Bill
                        Living among knives and fire.

                        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                          . . . I've gotten to where I can do the hands in any position and even some in the back holding objects (axes, hammers, etc.). I'm not saying they are perfect though. . .
                          Bill . . . If you have any pictures, I'd be interested to see one (or two) of your figures with hands 'not in pockets'?? I had a look at your website and I didn't see any figures, although the walking sticks were pretty nice.
                          Last edited by Rodster; 10-12-2018, 03:58 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rodster View Post


                            Bill . . . If you have any pictures, I'd be interested to see one (or two) of your figures with hands 'not in pockets'?? I had a look at your website and I didn't see any figures, although the walking sticks were pretty nice.
                            Yeah, the website is for my stuff I market...no whittling though. I have some pictures of a bunch of my "Chernobyl" bears and dogs but nothing close up that will show any details. I will post some when I get some closer pictures. I took a bunch up to the grandkids and don't see them on the shelf, but there may be some in a box.

                            There was an article in Wood Carving Illustrated either this year or last of some Halloween carvings and one included an article of a witch...I think. Anyway, that sparked the idea of whittling some bears with "weapons" they were holding in back of them. They were part of the whittled characters I did for the grand kids. Little 3 inch pieces.

                            Might want to check the magazine for the article. I hate to post a "guess" but someone else might remember what issue it was in.
                            Bill
                            Living among knives and fire.

                            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                            • #15
                              I checked the boxes Rodster and I must have given them to the grandkids. Maybe someone can remember the WCI issue?
                              Bill
                              Living among knives and fire.

                              http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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