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    Good evening,
    i have been doing woodworking for a number of years along with scroll saw work. I would like to try woodcarving of characters but do not know where to start, as far as books and tools, thx in advance, RJ

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    Hello and welcome to the forum Rjweb. This is a good place to start. If you go to the dark strip at the top of the page that says FAQ, click the woodcarverillustrated,com, it will take you to the WCI homepage. Click on (“How To “). You will find a lot of help getting started including a section with 14 pages of patterns and tutorials. There are a great group of carvers here on the forum that are willing to help however the can. You did not say where you are but you can also look for a carving club or group with in driving distance and vistit a few times. Most meet oce ot twice a month.

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    • #3
      Welcome, and you found an excellent forum. I'd suggest searching YouTube for appropriate videos and I have seen some on letter carving.
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      • #4
        In addition, Doug Linker, Sharonmyart, and Gene Messer have excellent online videos about character carving. To start, Doug Linker is where I would go first. Tom Hindes has a book called "20-minute Whittling Projects which is nice. Mike Shipley has several books that are great.

        Personally, my preference would be online Youtube videos...worked for me.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #5
          Two things I always tell people starting out in carving--learn to sharpen, hone, and strop, and second, wear a kevlar glove if you're going to hold the wood in one hand and carve the wood with the other. The glove goes on the hand in which you're holding the wood.

          There are many ways to sharpen, stones--a subject in itself, sandpaper, etc. If you know how to sharpen, then it's just a matter of the bevel and the tools--both the ones you are sharpening and the ones you are using to sharpen. In either case, read and listen to those who have been there, done that. Then pick the way you think will work for you and practice on old tools and knives until you feel confident in your ability to sharpen. This technique will be with you for the rest of the time you spend carving.

          Ask questions here, and you will get lots of answers.

          Welcome, and enjoy carving!

          Bob L

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          • #6
            Thx for all this information I will start to go through it in my journey into carving. I have found the Alamo Area Woodcarvers in Texas and will get to their meeting to see what’s up, thx again, RJ

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            • #7
              Never can ask questions on YouTube. Good to read that you found a club!
              Brian T

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              • #8
                Welcome to the Forums! If you have any questions, please just ask - you'll get lots of answers and some may even be good...

                Claude
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                • #9
                  not that im shamelessly plugging wci but they do have good articles and steps to follow and the projects range from beginner easy to very hard so you can pick what you feel most comfortable with. there are good videos on you tube and a lot of stuff in childrens cartoon books and pinterest of course best deal is if you have a local carving club to immerse yourself inthe craft and seek help be patient with yourslef and dont get frustrated by the pitfalls its a journey that sometimes can be two steps forward and one step back, and p.s. dont cut yourslef like i did wear proper safety stuff and stay sharp

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                  • #10
                    Welcome to the forum, lot of good replies above
                    . . .JoeB

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                      Never can ask questions on YouTube. Good to read that you found a club!
                      Sure, you can ask questions on YouTube...maybe no answers though.
                      Bill
                      Living among knives and fire.

                      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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