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  • First Carving Lesson

    Last weekend I introduced the grand kids to soap carving for the first time. They are only three and a half and two and a half but they both had a great time! You can see they were deep in concentration. The project was to carve a heart. AJ's was definitely recognizable in the end. Priya, on the other hand was so into it that she whittled her project down to a pile of crumbs! However, they both got a big A+ for effort from Poppy. We are all looking forward to the next project!
    Keep On Carvin'
    Bob K.

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  • #2
    It is great that you introduce your grandkids to this creative hobby, and soap carving is a good way to do it. No worries about grain direction. The tools don't have to be really sharp.

    I didn't start with my grandkids quite that young, but we had some enjoyable time together. They haven't all gone on to become woodcarvers, but they have a better understanding of what grandpa is doing with his tools and those pieces of wood,
    Last edited by pallin; 05-21-2017, 10:40 AM. Reason: spelling

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    • #3
      Great project. My twin GS will be 4 in October. What did you give the kids for tools?
      Brian T

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      • #4
        I'll never make it as a tool craftsman but I carved 2 wooden carving knives (one mahogany, and one basswood), and made up some other little scraper knives and chisels out of popsicle sticks. The important thing to know here is that you don't want to make the tools too sharp. Notice how I rounded off all the sharp points and corners of the tools so as to avoid injuries. I use regular bars of Ivory soap and it cuts like melted butter with these tools...the kids have no trouble working with them. A plain (new) kitchen sponge is used as sandpaper.
        Keep On Carvin'
        Bob K.

        My Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rwkwoodcarving


        My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/robert.kozakiewicz.9


        My RWK Woodcarving Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rwkwood


        My Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/rwkoz51/

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        • #5
          Hi Bob
          Nice time had by all, I started carving more then 65 years ago in soap(ivory), tongue depressor tools, had my grand try some thing a couple of years ago lots of soap crumbs,he was here for supper on Friday and informed me that he wanted my carving shed and all my tools , I guess his first lesson wasn't a total loss. Thanks
          for sharing the pics
          Bruce

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          • #6
            Thanks for the tool illustrations. Believe that I will make up a set of those kinds of things.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              Sweet! Great experience for the grandkids.. Love the tools--great idea.
              Terry

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              • #8
                Bob, those starter tools are really amazing. Good job. Glad the kids enjoyed themselves.

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