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  • woodburner807
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    Originally posted by NoDNA View Post
    Wife and I think all these are just , great and no need for birds as woodburner807 said. Glad to see your work.
    I actually said, "forget birds..."

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  • NoDNA
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    Wife and I think all these are just , great and no need for birds as woodburner807 said. Glad to see your work.

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  • woodburner807
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    Very nice carvings Alice and keep up the excellent work. Forget "birds" because what you do is certainly in your wheelhouse and we all have our own niches. Please return here often and many here sure enjoy your work.

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  • Arthur C.
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    Welcome down the rabbit hole, Alice! Glad to see you, nice carvings and refreshingly different from our usual fare. Now that you've found your way back, stay a while.

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  • joepaulbutler
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    This is some fantastic carving, come visit more often

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  • Alice in Wonderland
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    Hi Alice in Wonderland has no been active for a while , I come and look but I have not contribute any comments, many years ago I went to a local carving club and was almost boooooed out because I did not carve Birds , that was in the 90th and I am still not carving Birds!!! there is so much other stuff to carve right now I have 2 woman and 1 hand holding a Ball on the go, sorry no pictures , but some of the older stuff I can show you , I just don;t have my Photographer anymore and I do not have one of those fancy phones either.I will show some of my work in photos, if I manage how to do it :-) I can work only with power now , you know ??the usual problem,old hands ,Arthritis , but here they are ,maybe giving you some idea
    Alice

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  • squbrigg
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    NoDNA you should know, that I have DNA in almost every carving and certainly every ship model that I have ever made. LOL

    Bob

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  • NoDNA
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    Originally posted by squbrigg View Post
    Well NoDNA that is a good question. You will get a great variety of answers here, as many as carvers, because I seem to think everyone has different reasons for carving.

    I carve to help me keep my spirits up, it relaxes me and takes me to a place where I don't feel the pain of my every day life. I carve to please myself, to create and to "see if I can do that", and to make a dollar of two from time to time. I began by carving/building wooden sailing ship models from scratch, then I began carving other things to practice making parts for the ships just in a larger scale, for practice, then make them smaller and smaller. I then got hooked on just carving anything that suited my fancy. I suffered a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury and had to learn things all over again: speaking, carving, ship modelling. The old brain doesn't work so good so I began carving more and more as it was the one thing I could do that didn't require quick thinking. I don't remember things so good, or can't figure out things so well, and my thinking slows down, so carving is perfect. Since I have to walk with a cane for the rest of my life, I have been making ones that I can be proud of. And for your example, it took me seven years to make that connection: 1) I have to walk with a cane for the rest of my life, and 2) I'm a wood carver, so why was I walking around with the aid of a store bought plastic headed cane. I do love to carve.

    Bob
    Am glad to hear you are doing what you do and that carving is an outlet. I do like the idea of ships and sails sound fun. I had watched a utube a long time backa guy had made/carved a 3 mast schooner about 1 foot long. Even the sheets were wood. Stay well and keep it up.
    Cheers and thanks for your input.

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  • squbrigg
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    Well NoDNA that is a good question. You will get a great variety of answers here, as many as carvers, because I seem to think everyone has different reasons for carving.

    I carve to help me keep my spirits up, it relaxes me and takes me to a place where I don't feel the pain of my every day life. I carve to please myself, to create and to "see if I can do that", and to make a dollar of two from time to time. I began by carving/building wooden sailing ship models from scratch, then I began carving other things to practice making parts for the ships just in a larger scale, for practice, then make them smaller and smaller. I then got hooked on just carving anything that suited my fancy. I suffered a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury and had to learn things all over again: speaking, carving, ship modelling. The old brain doesn't work so good so I began carving more and more as it was the one thing I could do that didn't require quick thinking. I don't remember things so good, or can't figure out things so well, and my thinking slows down, so carving is perfect. Since I have to walk with a cane for the rest of my life, I have been making ones that I can be proud of. And for your example, it took me seven years to make that connection: 1) I have to walk with a cane for the rest of my life, and 2) I'm a wood carver, so why was I walking around with the aid of a store bought plastic headed cane. I do love to carve.

    Bob

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  • Daroc
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    Hi DavidPete,

    I welcome you to the forum and hope you have a most pleasant journey.

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  • TreeWizard
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    I like to carve mythical figures, I have yet to have anyone prove to me that I did it wrong.

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  • NoDNA
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    Thanks all, sometimes I have to wonder. All of the carvings, chips I have seen always look so PRO done. I just guess I will just have to keep the wife happy and stay in the garage.. Making small pieces out of big ones. And Welcome, DavePete I always felt that if I just made it "look" like something,, it was ok. And a lot of these folks it seems have done just the same as I. Started small and worked up. Me I started small, and still, small items. BUT just as fun as ever. I started carving in our RV in Texas and my carving station was/ still around. A sales valise with a cookie sheet inside. The cookie sheet caught the cuttings and easy to dump, then at home, I decided to make a 3x3' table , now mounted a small bandsaw. Carving so far are no taller than 8" or so, smallest is 1" x 3/4". Just enjoy .And remember safety , get a good cut resistant glove and if ya need some kind of guard for that thumb.(optional) and Dileon You are very lucky to have a great place to do your" Stuff".

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  • Dileon
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    Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
    Don't move on too quick Dileon because I enjoy your posts. I'm a recovering oil painter who found wood carving and plan to stick with it...love it too much. I find it a great mentally relaxing hobby and don't get too serious about it, as far as "expertise" goes, but by far more relaxing than any other hobbies I have had.

    Stay put.
    Actually, my best work is in woodcarving, the painting would be a second, and ceramics next......Although all kinds of things catch my eye....wow I like to try that...thank goodness today I do not have the money to invest into new work....I do have my grandfathers leather tools I would like to pick up someday As for hobby I really like to be outside in the gardens, they are really shining this year with lots of flowers and etc....work, the butterflies, the birds singing is extremely peaceful for me. People remark that the gardens look like a botanical garden they have so much to see....although often I have my mats and have to do work while sitting on the ground....not sure how long that one will last, back is really bad these days.

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  • woodburner807
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    Don't move on too quick Dileon because I enjoy your posts. I'm a recovering oil painter who found wood carving and plan to stick with it...love it too much. I find it a great mentally relaxing hobby and don't get too serious about it, as far as "expertise" goes, but by far more relaxing than any other hobbies I have had.

    Stay put.

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  • Dileon
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    I often carve things I have never carved before....more so for the experience. I get bored very easy....make the same thing over and over again becomes mechanical and laborious. It is hard enough to do the things I do not like in carving....such as rough out work.....which is not fun. Making the same thing over and over again.....is just not me....one of the kind is the best and most challenges. Although I think as I go ....I would like to stop making such hard things....LOL I get too bored with wood carving I will start on another kind of medium of art....so far that has not happen in a long time. .

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