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  • #16
    When i show friends my carving, they always ask that question and it always depends i say. Sometimes i do the first few steps then go make a tea and not touch it for a week. But a few years ago i was in mass manufacturing of the " 5 minute wizard" ( which i think still took me over a half hour each time) But i made and paint at least one for every family member who came over for christmas dinner to add to their tree.

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    • #17
      I usually Carve about 2 Hrs. or till I find myself starting to Rush or get tired. Sometimes I run into a Problem and I stay longer , like now , I ran into a Knot that Crumbled into Pieces and left a Large Hole in a Conspicuous Place. Finding the right solution took time and held my Interest .
      People also ask me how long it took to do the Carving . It used to take me 3 Weeks and now about 2 Weeks with about 25 Hrs. span . I also tried to time my sessions but as Tom said I would forget to start or stop the Clock so gave up on that Idea . I find if I spend a lot of time on a Project I get tired looking at it and want to do something else . All this happens till 2:30 in the Afternoon , ( Nap Time ) .
      Merle

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      • #18
        Yeah, the "5 minute wizard" is more like half an hour. I guess speed would come with practice. My rate of completed carvings is about 6 a year. Some go quickly, like the dog I posted. That's about 4 hours total. It's an early carving, so maybe a repeat would go quicker. Though speed is no longer of essence as it was in my job. I have my family coat of arms that has been ongoing for about 4 years. I'm learning an immense amount on it, which means a ton of mistakes to undo. It's calling me right now, and the garage has warned up. Guess I'll go generate some shavings.

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        • #19
          It all depends! At the moment, I am carving Santa/snowman ornaments for my grandson to give to his teachers and classmates. These are the little "on the corner" carvings about 3-4 inches tall. I need to make about 50 of these, so I am trying to carve 5 a day, which should let me have some time to complete and paint them. I still work full time and also sell some carvings and ornaments online and at a gallery. I allow a certain amount of time based on what I think it will sell for, but still not getting rich!
          'If it wasn't for caffeine, I wouldn't have any personality at all!"

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          • #20
            I just carve and enjoy the elimination of time and worry. No idea how much time...
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            • #21
              I started carving 20 years ago. I started numbering my carvings after about 2 years. I'm up to #785. That doesn't include quite a few smaller pieces. I spend one or maybe up to two hours a day carving, probably 5 or 6 days each week. That's somewhat less than it used to be.
              Joe

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