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    Even though I have yet to carve anything I am accumulating some patterns from the web but I'd like to see where the carvers on this site get their patterns. If at all possible I'd like to see a separate area which would contain a library of patterns which could be downloadable. For beginners this would provide a starting point and for veteran carvers an area to share their input.Just another thought for the moderators.

  • #2
    Mike, I use a computer screen capture program, "Snagit" and capture pictures of something that I would like to carve. I can reprint, resize, flip, etc and get to my pattern
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      In my experience on the web since the 90s, most if not all of the websites and webmasters which very graciously offer free download templates and patterns, be they for wood carving, wood plans, textile work, leather work, knives etc.

      They offer those downloads in the hope that visitors and downloaders will thus look around their sites, see what the person offering the download does, maybe buy some work, take out a subscription, look at an advert or two, or join the community at the site in question.

      They offer the ressource in exchange for traffic to their site by actual eyeballs, not a "get" from a browser click.

      It is an exchange of a sort with the downloader, whereas downloading templates and patterns merely to upload them as an "all in one place" "hoard" elsewhere where one is a member with a "look what I found" and "having them all in one place" is in my opinion going completely against what the spirit of the web was and is, or should be.

      It is no different from hotlinking to someone elses images, music or any other file type ressources.

      Pointing out a ressource elsewhere, or linking to a page on another site and saying look what they have, sends them traffic.

      If those templates and patterns were all in one hoard , here or elsewhere, it would not only be IMO unethical to create such a hoard, but it would also be trivial for any half skilled coder to automate a download of any such hoard.

      Unless the hoard was protected in some way, in which case, the hoarding site would be "building a wall and gate with lock" around other peoples intellectual property, which is not only reprehensible and unethical, but also illegal.

      I say that as someone who has given away many patterns and templates and other ressources " how tos" etc over the years as downloads, and sold others too.

      Also, if you put all of the ressources offered by others on their websites in one place, don't be surprised if their websites dissappear off the web, or go behind paywalls.

      What Joe says is the way to do it, you can also just hit printscreen ( or whatever is written on the key in English on a keyboard..my keyboards ( all 14 of them , lot of computers here ..are all in French , the key says "Impr écran syst" ..that key is for PCs ( whether they run Win "whatever" or as most of mine do various varieties of linux ) ..On a mac I don't know which key, but a passing mac user will jump in and help.On phones it varies too depending on their OS.
      Last edited by MikeW; 07-19-2022, 07:13 PM.

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      • Claude
        Claude commented
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        On a Mac, it's shift-command-3 to save the entire screen; shift-command-4 lets you select a portion of the screen to save.
        Claude

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      Go to how to on the WCI home page and then to pattern & protects there are about 18 pages of projects. I had a problem finding patterns when I started looking .The ones that do have patterns available have some kind of tag in the bottom area of the page to access's the patterns. There are a number of them that do. Some ask for a email address to access the pattern of that project., others just have a small sentence that say something like access pattern that are easy to miss. Here are 3 examples of the different access points to patterns.
      https://woodcarvingillustrated.com/b...ions-suitcase/
      https://woodcarvingillustrated.com/b...2019-issue-89/
      https://woodcarvingillustrated.com/b...anta-ornament/
      We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
      https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

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      • #5
        I was not thinking that a place to save a few hundred patterns would infringe the originators purpose. I have seen some caricatures that I would have liked to see a pattern for. Some of us don't have the experience or talent to draw an object with the right details and correct proportions. I'll try snagit.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by mike swindell View Post
          I was not thinking that a place to save a few hundred patterns would infringe the originators purpose. I have seen some caricatures that I would have liked to see a pattern for. Some of us don't have the experience or talent to draw an object with the right details and correct proportions. I'll try snagit.
          Have you tried to just carve something? 1 pattern is good enough for that.

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            https://www.pinterest.com/chriscraft...carving-ideas/

            https://www.pinterest.com/woodcarver...ving-patterns/

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            • #8
              Spend a little time every day practicing drawing. It has a direct effect on the appearance of your carving. Try free-hand copying of patterns that you like. Make deliberate changes.

              Follow prominent First Nations artists and you will find that they spend a lot of time painting 2D designs on drum heads and dance screens and bentwood boxes. More engraving in silver and gold for earrings, finger rings, cuffs and bracelets. When it comes right down to it, it's all drawing.

              I have always enjoyed the drawing part as much as the carving part. I guess I've learned to slip easily from left side to right side brain activity. That, and practice, is all it takes.
              Brian T

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              • #9
                Carving is unique when it comes to patterns. If you trace the pattern onto your wood blank, carving destroys it! Some carvers try to imprint the pattern in their mind, which may also require periodic refreshing. In my own case, I spend a lot of time studying the major lines of a pattern and converting them to the shape or depth of my carving.

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by JBright11 View Post

                  Have you tried to just carve something? 1 pattern is good enough for that.
                  I have been using Doug Linkers youtube videos as inspiration to start a carving. I got sidetracked making a few knives in addition to the ones I have bought.I live in southern california where it has been over 110 and 50%humidity. I have to carve in the garage with no A/C so 2 hr's in the early morning is all I can take. Having to use a power chair is no picnic either.

                  I had no idea that a suggestion for a place to share patterns would cause such grief. If someone wanted to share their own pattern/drawing then a forum would have been one place to post another place would be blogs, which are everywhere. I don't see the bloggers complaining about rampant reuse of their artwork.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Nebraska
                    All you need is a couple photos and some math.
                    Ok, I'll take the leap--- {REMOVED} does your post mean ? Maybe a clarification is in order ?
                    Last edited by AlexG; 07-20-2022, 09:24 PM. Reason: Edited to remove language - user given written warning - other content kept for context to Nebraska’s response

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                    • #12
                      A logical answer would have been nice. As a retired engineer we like concise answers not gibberish that no one but you can explain.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by mike swindell View Post
                        A logical answer would have been nice. As a retired engineer we like concise answers not gibberish that no one but you can explain.
                        Mike,
                        I wish you well with your carving endeavors.
                        Last edited by Nebraska; 07-20-2022, 10:44 PM.

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                        • #14
                          Mike will be taking an extended vacation to the BANhamas for the next year (possibly longer). No real substantive contributions and much grifting in his post history.
                          AlexG
                          Special Projects, Fox Chapel Publishing
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                          • #15
                            I have a whole section on my website where I provide free patterns that can be downloaded. Lora Irish also offers patterns. You can easily make your own patterns by taking a picture of something you like from all sides, and load them into an app like Clips to Comics. It turns the photos into an illustration. Hope this helps!
                            My Website: www.carvingjunkies.com
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