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    Hey Guys,
    I am going to be taking a road trip down to Florida pretty soon. The problem is that I live in Ohio. So the road trip necessary to get down there will take up a lot of time that I would like to be spending carving. I was wondering if there was a way to do some carving in the car with minimal woodchip cleanup. I've heard good things about Woodcraft's apron, but I don't want to waste the money if it won't do the trick. Can anyone help me with this?

  • #2
    We drove halfway across the continent, all I had was a cookie tin on my lap. Worked OK, but then again, in a vehicle that carries children, a few wood chips on the floor is the least of the stuff that accumulates.

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    • #3
      This is what I use...a modified top from a box of printer paper. Works well, but have never tried it in a car! Also, you can set a tool down in it and not have to worry about the edge getting dinged up on the cardboard.
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      • #4
        Diane Taylor Canvas Carving Apron at Amazon. I got one to carve in the evening in the recliner, doesn't catch all the chip, but certainly helps

        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          I use a carvers apron...the kind with the big pocket. It works great for me. There's nothing that will catch 100% of the wood chips but this apron does a real nice job.
          Keep On Carvin'
          Bob K.

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          • #6
            Get an apron and fabric velcro. Tie it around your next and velcro it to the dash.

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            • #7
              I have used one of these for a number of years while carving in the house. It is require equipment by my bride. I use a couple of 1/8th ' ply wood slats one on either side of the pocket and some small jim clips to hold them in place to help hole the pocket more open. I can't say about carving in the car. I am always driving.

              https://www.treelineusa.com/canvas-carving-apron.html
              Randy

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              • #8
                Tree lines has an apron with a pouch. Just be careful of the sides when you stand up.

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                • #9
                  To make my pouch still out further (the apron's):
                  I also velcroed a letter patch to the front for when I doing power carving or just get reckless, then I punched a hole in each corner to stick the rod end into; therefore' keep the arch out more FYI
                  . . .JoeB

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                  • #10
                    I have taken my carving on trips, but I never carve while driving or as a passenger. Even the whittling I once did on extended backpacking trips was done sitting in camp.

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                    • #11
                      I agree with Phil. I often take my carving tools and some wood with me on trips, but the only carving I do is after we have stopped for the night, and that's usually on the hotel balcony or in an area where they have nearby mulch in which I can put some wood chips...too much chance of the driver hitting a severe bump or slamming on the brakes to keep an open, sharp, knife in front of me in the car. I also ask permission before carving outside at a hotel.

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                      • #12
                        I'm with Claude on this one. My wife and I used to take two days to drive up to our place in Tennessee and I'd have four hours a day to twiddle my thumbs while the wife drove. As much temptation as I had I never quite came up with the urge to put myself in a spot where I'd have to explain why I tried Hari-kari on my front seat. Even with the best drivers you can't always predict what the other fellow is going to do. Having a knife or gouge in my hands during a quick emergency stop or accident is asking to have a razor sharpened missile loose in the car. With that said, I always had my carving tools with me and like Claude would whittle a bit to wind down at the hotel. I never asked permission but I always draped a large sheet of leather over my lap to catch the majority of the chips. Any that didn't stay on my lap I just picked up when I was done. The leather also acts a safeguard in the event I decide to operate on myself. As far as the hotel/motel go, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than to beg for permission."

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                        • #13
                          Holy Mole! You Guys, you guys are really addicted, and there is no help available!
                          Oscar

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Claude View Post
                            I agree with Phil. I often take my carving tools and some wood with me on trips, but the only carving I do is after we have stopped for the night, and that's usually on the hotel balcony or in an area where they have nearby mulch in which I can put some wood chips...too much chance of the driver hitting a severe bump or slamming on the brakes to keep an open, sharp, knife in front of me in the car. I also ask permission before carving outside at a hotel.

                            Claude
                            That is a fine Idea, and i agree with you, but I get bored with the 8 hour trip, and just wanted to whittle a few spirit faces, and didn't want to get chips everywhere.

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                            • #15
                              Rest stop lunch time. Rest stop carving / relaxing time.

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