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  • #16
    For spoon carving you don't need large pieces of wood. Branches you can easily cut with a hand saw are perfect. Anything around 2 1/2" in diameter should work fine. Your Dremel will cut your walnut branches with no problem. Your Sycamore should be fine for hand carving.
    Keep On Carvin'
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    • #17
      I have maybe 12" or so of Bois d' Arc or Horse Apple - it is tough. After year 10 I put it on my metal lathe and turned the outside down on the spindle. The wood was still damp inside and I had to use carbide to cut it. I have had it another 13 years now and I think it might be dry. I think the dry 1" / year is good for soft woods, but might be short on hard woods. The beautiful golden wood awaits work, but then it is beautiful as is.


      • #18
        Years ago I had some nice trees on our property that I thought would be great to do some woodwork with the lumber. Well, had to buy a chain saw, then cut them down. Needed a table saw, then a band saw, then a planer, then a joiner...well you get the idea.

        I eventually realized ( yeah, slow learner) that it is cheaper and better to buy the lumber. I found that is the best way.

        That said, small pieces for carving are "doable" and I do that a bit today. However, I mostly buy from Heinecke and Wilcox now and enjoy the carving a lot more. Lesson learned.
        Living among knives and fire.