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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
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Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • pallin
    replied to Hello from Wales UK.
    Come on in, Mobieus - My wife & I spent a pleasant week in northern Wales (Snowdonia) a few years ago. The closest I've come to carving a cetacean is an orca I included in a Pacific Northwest native-style carving. It appeared on one side of a wolf's head - symbolic of its predator status....
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait


    Good points! It reminded me of this relief I did some years ago. I carved the background like the original, crisp & clear, but then sanded most of the detail to reduce the distraction from the focus....
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  • I understand they are seriously considering continuing the virtual woodcarving show even when the resume the in-person event. The deadline for entries is coming soon.
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    This is old, dry black walnut with a basswood overlay. Since the walnut is open grain, I will need to fill the grain before final finish. The upper flat part may need to be scraped to bare wood so the final appearance matches. After sealing the basswood, I may wipe gel stain into some of the grooves...
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  • This is an old discussion, but I highly recommend it to new WCI members (and lurkers) as well as "long timers." It covers the collected experience of many woodcarvers regarding tools and tool maintenance. They have been very candid about mistakes in what tools they bought, and the overdue...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    If you go back to the beginning of this thread you'll see that the original background was some squiggly lines or ribbons. I felt that was too busy, but I couldn't think of a good replacement. Now I've started a gouge texture (photo) that will fill most of the space outside the head, but only up to...
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  • Those look like fun projects, Merle.
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  • pallin
    replied to Pocket sized strop
    Do they actually make electric razors now? I'm still shaving with my axe!
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    Continuing with the "groovy" details, but not trying to match the original woodcut exactly.

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  • Working with such hard woods, you are probably wise to go where the grain pattern leads you. Are you using power carving tools? There are probably videos or books available to help with carving the eyes. When I do a search on Youtube with "woodcarving eyes" I get about thirty,
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    Last edited by pallin; 04-30-2021, 02:38 PM.

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  • pallin
    replied to Axe/Hatchet Carving
    When you think about it, an axe or hatchet works in a similar way to a stop cut followed by a waste removal cut. When felling a tree the man with an axe alternates the axe blows, angling from one side then the other. This facilitates the exit of the chips. We are more precise in woodcarving by putting...
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  • pallin
    replied to Pocket sized strop
    Make sure the size of your "pocket strop" doesn't put your honing strokes too close to your other hand. Some bad cuts have occurred that way.
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  • pallin
    replied to Axe/Hatchet Carving
    The blade in the elbow adze (photo above) was made from a car leaf spring. The grind gave it a little curve which helps control how the cut (split) exits the wood. Otherwise the split follows the wood grain to the other end of the piece, especially in cedar.
    This is an important concept in carving....
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    Last edited by pallin; 04-29-2021, 11:19 AM.

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  • It's always nice to have a small, well organized toolbox for the things you keep at hand while carving, even if you don't travel.

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  • pallin
    replied to Oops
    That's a very vivid lesson to all of us.
    Question: Was this hand holding the honing block?
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    Last edited by pallin; 04-28-2021, 11:36 AM. Reason: added question

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  • pallin
    replied to Axe/Hatchet Carving
    If you do a computer search for "axe carvings," you get only photos of tools. Here is a photo of my experience with adze carving: I am starting the rough shaping if a Pacific Northwest style native mask. All of the final stage carving was done with gouges and knives. Finished mask:
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    Last edited by pallin; 04-26-2021, 08:46 PM. Reason: Added photo of mask

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  • pallin
    replied to Axe/Hatchet Carving
    Yes, Brian T should step in.
    If you're serious, consider the blade shape & what you intend to carve. Bowls & other containers are more easily shaped with curved adzes - these are hatchets with the cutting edge crossways to the handle. I'll stick with the knives & gouges....
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    Here is the current status of the carving. As I cut grooves into various areas, I find that those areas may need to be reshaped, as in deeper, rounded, tilted, flat. It's getting me going. . . I think the background will be just shallow gouge scoops.

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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    A good friend surprised me recently with this oil painting of me, from a casual photo taken in their backyard. Maybe it could be the subject of the next "unusual portrait."

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  • pallin
    replied to Tool substitutions?
    The cutting edge of this Stubai ice axe is what I would call "scalloped," a series of small curves. The 35-40 degree bevel is on the inside. When cutting steps in hard ice, it was used to shatter the ice. On glaciers the point is used to probe for hidden crevasses. The pick on the opposite...
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