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  • Your Current carving number?

    I know many of you have been carving for a long time and I'm curious what carving number your working on. some of you must be over a thousand.

    Do you sign date and number all carvings including roughouts, bottle stoppers and ornaments?

    I don't sign bottle stoppers or ornaments and other small carvings but everything else including roughouts are signed, I'm working on carving # 55 and have been carving for 2 years. How bout you guys?

    HappY Trails
    Bill
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    Yes, I've signed, numbered and dated every carving I've done, right from the beginning. I'm currently working on number 161. I've actually done a lot more carvings than that however. For instance, if I'm working on a Santa and he has two separate pieces with him, like polar bears, each additional piece still gets the same carving number as the Santa, I just put Part 1 of 3 on the Santa, Part 2 of 3 and Part 3 of 3 on the polar bears. Hmmmmm, hadn't thought of it, wonder how many carvings I actually have done, a few more than 161, that's for sure! Deborah


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      Hmmm, I never thought about it before.
      I have been carving for about 15 years now and have photos of 90% of the pieces. Probably 150 or more, especially counting the ornaments. Now I'm gonna have to go look at that photo album and see if I can figure it out.
      There were a couple of limited edition ornaments I did that were numbered but that's it. I do sign and date everything though.

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        Bill,
        I think I've been carving nearly 18 years, although the first two years didn't produce more than a dozen carvings. For the next 10 years, I only worked (for pay) part time and I had much more time to carve. I just started my 874th carving. I would have to add that probably 300+ of those were pins and ornaments for teachers. I'd carve 20-30 pumpkins for halloween, 30 santa faces for Christmas, 25 bunnies for Easter, etc. and elementary teachers just loved them. I could sit down and carve 2-3 a night and paint a whole table full in one day. I don't do that anymore!!

        I might also add that I have a basket of unfinished carvings awaiting motivation to be finished...hat might be hooves on a goat, wrinkles on pants for my Uncle Sam, getting far enough along on a duck body to attach the head, etc. There's probably a dozen projects in that basket.

        Good exercise. Oh yes, I sign and date every carving although I don't take photos of everything. I photograph the big ones that are going to a different home.

        Donna T
        From Missouri

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        • #5
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          Interesting Question. I started signing and dating, and photographing carvings eight years ago. For those eight years I have completed 253 carvings.

          That does not include the Husky Pencils that I carve. I have not kept any records on the pencils, but I do remember one year that I sold 10 dozen of them.

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          • #6
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            nope, had several years carving under my belt before I even heard or thought about keeping track.....so don't.
            "Lif iz lik a box "o" choc lets, ya nevr kno whut yull git!"

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            • #7
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              although I have signed everyone of my carvings I also have never kept a count. I have been carving for about 10 years and although I take pictures of a lot of them I dont of all of them. If I had to take a quick guess I would probably say in excess of 2000 maybe a little more maybe a little less not exactly sure.I know two years ago I did start numbering my bark carvings and sumac carvings and and they numbered over 500. It is a great question and if I had to do it all over again I would number everyone. This is a good lesson for all of you new carvers starting out number your carvings and you will see just how much you have accomplished.
              Colin
              Jim - The Doing is as much fun as the Viewing!
              Jackson, MS

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              • #8
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                Although I've been carving for a couple of years, now, almost everything I do still feels like practice. I've given away a handful of small carvings, but I haven't been tracking anything.

                There was the turtle for my niece, the "rubber ducky" for my wife, and some little pocket-sized reliefs that my other niece ended up with, so fewer than ten.

                I have a small batch of Christmas ornaments ready to paint, maybe a dozen.

                Then, there's a bag full of unfinished projects, including a couple where I made drastic mistakes. Those convinced me to buy some Plastalina clay to start working out the details before I start carving.

                Now that I think of it, that is more than I would have guessed, but still less than fifty.

                It's probably a very good idea to start keeping records, including some estimate of the amount of time spent on each project. At the very least, I'm going to start taking a picture of anything I finish.

                Thanks for the nudge. It's a grand idea to keep track.

                -Tommy

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                • #9
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                  finished my first carving around Jan 2004 that would be number 1......I am now finishing up carving number 128.... a piece of a chess set..... It took me a long time to find carving but it was love at first sight. we have going steady ever since. lol
                  Jim

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                  • #10
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                    I only recently have started to number my carvings. Should have started that long ago.Head Bange All my carvings have been signed however.Smile

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Colin_Partridge
                      This is a good lesson for all of you new carvers starting out number your carvings and you will see just how much you have accomplished.
                      Colin
                      I'll second that colin....I wish I would have kept a count!
                      I've been carving for over 15 years (as a living) and I can't even guess!
                      I know between 2 and 3 thousand on Ebay over the last 7 years plus all those years of art fairs...yep...wish I'd kept count! I THINK I signed them all at least.

                      One good thing...I've yet to see one on the shelf of a thrift store yet LOL!

                      Greg

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                      • #12
                        Re: Your Current carving number?

                        Great question. I've been carving for almost three years and have signed and dated all and taken pics of most, but never numbered them.


                        Dan

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                        • #13
                          Re: Your Current carving number?

                          For me I have signed, numbered and put the year on everyone I have done so far which I just finished #51. I also have taken a picture of each one for a photo album.


                          Merry Christmas everyone!!


                          Chipper67

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                            .......................only about 24 since 1994

                            .......................Idea but I retire inCheers

                            .......................14 more years Head Bange

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                              I been carving for 9 month not sure how many i,ve carved but i got a white store bag full and that about 3/4 of them.
                              windsong

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