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  • I have the Mora 120 and 106 (longer blade). Cannot comment on the 122, as I don't have it.

    But the 120 and 106 are very nice tool for whittling. They are the sharpest 2x knives in my tool box, and are still with the factory edge.

    One day I was using the 120, and then put it...
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  • Yup the birch logs are now like huge wafer biscuits. I lifted them to carry to the firewood pile at the corner, and weight was like a just pack of a newspaper - none. They seem make good firewood though.
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    Last edited by kiri; 06-27-2017, 10:03 AM.

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  • I do have one book by Enlow. It was bought in 2012, when I first stared carving. I did a Rufus carving from the book, and there are a few other figures with patterns, photos and instruction or advice - no steps. Rufus was kinda tough carving project for me, and my unwisely choosing a rather chunky Aspen...
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  • Come to think of it, it would really depend on the size of the carving you do. If it is a heavy log, then I can't see how it could be precisely cut by band saw. Or if it is tiny bloc or stick you are carving, then just whittling away would be good enough. But carvings of say 5-10 inches high, and not...
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  • Cipa's books suffer from the problem of having the same tool sharpening, choosing woods and tools pages in all 3 books I bought. Each books have about 7 pages of them, and they are redundant information. Fortunately the last book arrived "Noa's Nativity Carving" book didn't have that information,...
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  • Tried to take off the rots from the logs. There was a birch log, and it is totally gone. It is like a wafer, so moved it away to fire log piles. But these two - I used to think they are ash logs, but not sure what they are. They are harder, and still solid in the centre. But have not managed work a...
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  • I have a few small utility saws including a coping saw, so could make cuts like Claude and Mike were mentioning from the pattern. As you say it will take more time and effort, but a lot better than trying to whittle away with a knife or gouge? In the past, that's what I have done. I have not even...
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  • I am not expecting a lot from the logs. The rot area is extensive. This afternoon, I went out, and did some cutting on the rot bits, and then felt the centre part where it is more solid.
    My newly arrived Pfeil adze was razor sharp, and was doing a great job taking off the bits, and when it was...
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  • kiri
    replied to A Question for ALL carvers
    Hi Bruce

    Thank you for the great post. Yes, I think it is real cool to carve, and wood carvers are cool people.
    When I carve, or work with wood tools, I seem to forget about the world. The time just flies.
    Great to be absorbed into another world - the wood carving world ...
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  • kiri
    replied to A Question for ALL carvers
    In the beginning, I liked tools and especially the hand tools, then I liked trees, plants and woods. They married up together as a hobby. Then I was taking interest in shaping and creating something more meaningful out of lump / piece of of wood.

    I don't have any patience and talents, and...
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  • Yeah, learning is always valuable product from all acts I am planning to take out all the soft bits around the logs, and see what will be left. And then try to work out something with it.
    Will try to keep one log as a chopping bloc as it could be useful in processing woods....
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  • I like Estwing tools, because they ring when hit woods - sign of high quality metal? ...
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  • Yup, they are well rot around the edges. It is dark and spongy. But the centre seem harder. I hit there with the chisel end of the rock hammer, and it was actually biting onto the wood. I will do more testing tomorrow / weekend.
    I did some chopping the Leylandii branches and cleared the knots...
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  • kiri
    started a topic Old tree logs for carving blanks

    Old tree logs for carving blanks

    Hi All

    These tree logs had been left in the garden for at least 5 years, so they are well weathered.
    They are massive, and I could not split them with any other tool, but the splitting wedges.
    To do that, I ordered one made by Estwing, and it did the job.

    When they...
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  • See the point when carving woods are bought, you don't want to waste the woods, and want to cut more precisely minimizing the waste.
    But I use found woods, woods given by friends and woods from the garden, so they are all free, and waste woods just go to wood burning stove. So I was looking for...
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  • Using Adzes would be great, if they work ok. My Bulgarian Blacksmith hand forged Adze proved a very good tool. I sharpened them, and they got razor sharp. I pounded hardened ash logs for an hour with it, and it was still razor sharp afterwards. But the width of edge is rather too wide, really ideal...
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    Last edited by kiri; 06-21-2017, 02:57 PM.

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  • I used to have 5x lawnmowers. All vintage 3x of them were petrol driven, and 2x are hand push mowers. I sold all 3x petrol engine ones. The remaining 2x hand push mowers, one is made in Sweden by a chainsaw company, and the other is Qualcast UK made, about 80 year old. I want to keep them, because...
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  • Interesting point. I was wondering if band saw will make huge difference in easiness, speed and control all the rest of it compared to the hand driven saw. I like things done by my own hand too. For example, I use hand pushed lawn mower cutting grass, I try to use hand hedge trimmers instead of motor...
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  • yup, reviews of the books would be great. But some books are good even with no step by step instructions. Just for some inspirations and ideas, it could be helpful and interesting.
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  • So band saw seems the way to go even if it costs, and will take up space. Space is problem for me. I am not allowed to put anything like that in the house, no machines, tools or toys, all must go out into the shed. But the shed is already full of tools - mitre saw, table saw, chop saw, hedge cutter,...
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    Last edited by kiri; 06-21-2017, 08:13 AM.

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