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    I was thinking about trying some Santa Claus ornaments as gifts for the kids but decided to try another woodspirit dude first. I’ve got a 5 gallon bucket full of these 8” pcs of Tulip Poplar. Carves out nice, harder I think than the basswood but manageable with the hand tools.
    Thanks for taking a look.
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  • #2
    Well, Mike, I do think you are on the right track. I have not done any of the "Spirits" but can appreciate all the work that folks put into them. Just keep posting.
    Chuck
    Chuck
    Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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    • #3
      That is coming along real well. I've done a few wood split walking sticks, but have never done an ornament. I love that idea.

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      • #4
        I guess you finally have to put the knives down and say finished. I kept picking at this one, broke part of the nose off, glued it back on. It's all a little rough but I'm happy with it. I don't have any BLO, etc., but I rubbed some butcher block oil with waxes on it, 'cuase that's what I had!

        I tried to follow the tutorial in Harold Enlow's book, Carving Faces. He's using tools I don't have, that's my story...!

        Mike

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        • #5
          And stick to it!

          Tinwood

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          • #6
            Nice wood spirit! Poplar is a bit harder than basswood, but holds detail well. Here are some stats about the wood: The Wood Database | The Wood Database Janka hardness is the primary indicator of carvability.

            Claude
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            • #7
              Claude. Thanks for the comment and the link to the Wood Database. Although I couldn’t find the Janka Hardness chart on that site I was able to find it doing an internet search. This was the most complete one I found:
              Janka Hardness Chart

              Mike

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              • #8
                Nice job Mike! He looks spirited to me!
                Steve Reed - Carvin' in the flatlands!
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                • #9
                  He came out looking good!
                  Herb

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                  • #10
                    Many tree species are really nice and soft when the wood is fresh. But they turn from cheese to bone when they dry.
                    I got some seasoned willow for a hiking stick. Can't hardly stick a gouge in it let alone a knife.

                    Looks like you worked in dry wood. I'd keep that one in my collection.
                    Brian T

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                    • #11
                      Steve and Herb, Thanks for taking a look and for your kind comments.

                      Brian, I carved this from a tulip poplar branch that I pruned several months ago. You’re right, it carved hard/dry. Might be better suited for carvings with less detail. I’ve got a 5 gallon bucket of these sticks.
                      I see from your profile you’re up in BC. I’ve made several road trips through BC. Beautiful country. What native woods do you carve?

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                      • #12
                        Nice spirit Mike.
                        Joe

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