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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
Last Activity: Yesterday, 06:22 PM
Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • pallin
    replied to Whittling Doodads
    Here are some other doodads for consideration by WCI viewers:#1 one-piece basswood knife, #2 Caged bass plus chain - butternut; #3 Caged ball - butternut; #4 Caged ball - black walnut

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  • Cottonwood - I understand and agree with your approach on this relief carving. The shaping of realistic faces are a special challenge because that is often where attention is focused in the completed carving. Presently I'm at that same stage on "Bond of Union." Looks like you'll end up with...
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  • pallin
    replied to Whittling Doodads
    There was once a member of this forum with the username Spiritsock that had an impressive set of doodads he had whittled including functioning scissors, pliers, balls-in-cages, etc. Unfortunately all those photos were in the photo gallery lost during the site hacking....
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  • pallin
    replied to Whittling Doodads
    Hank - I agree wholeheartedly with your balanced approach to life. While still working fulltime, and a scoutmaster, I took up whittling - some whimsies like your doodads, but mostly neckerchief slides. I would often whittle them on camping trips with the boys, to keep out of their way while they were...
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  • pallin
    replied to Selling on this forum.
    I don't think Heineke Wood Products are middle men. They cut logs to commercially viable dimensions sold to end users. They may be the end users for what you have to sell.
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  • pallin
    replied to Gluing Pattern to Wood
    Hi Arthur - I do not glue the pattern to wood I am carving. Many of the pieces I carve are larger than the largest paper size of my printer, so I have it printed in pieces that I tape together. Then I tack it to the wood (along one edge with push pins) and trace it using transfer (graphite) paper -...
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  • I was given a book titled "Woodcarving and Whittling" in 1947 that gave some basic info and ideas for carving projects - no photos, just drawings. I can't say it got me started 'cause I was carving before then, but I have referred back to it from time to time. What got me started was a sense...
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  • pallin
    replied to A Question for ALL carvers
    There ARE forms of carving that require patience, but it is probably inaccurate to extend that trait to ALL carvers. There are many human endeavors that require patience and persistence. These are usually not of interest to people with needs for instant gratification or social acclaim. It is not just...
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  • At least one piece appears to be a tree crotch. When I was doing woodturning, those crotches were often sources of interesting grain patterns. All the good possibilities disappear if the piece is rotted. We all learn something from the process of probing - especially valuable experience for users of...
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  • Often trophy bases are made of hardwoods like Black Walnut, which would make the relief carving a little more difficult. If the base is going to be painted, to distinguish fairways & greens from the roughs and hazards, a softer wood like basswood could be used. What features of the course do you...
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  • It is difficult to generalize about what carvers want in the way of basswood. Most want wood that "carves nicely," but can't define exactly what they mean. Hobby store wood is often dry and hard. Many of us have had good carving experiences win northern Wisconsin basswood. Ring counts of...
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  • pallin
    replied to Yew Wood Handle
    Randy - This topic has brought out some interesting coincidences. My daughter-in-law was recently clearing some forest undergrowth on their property here in Washington state. She set aside a stick that she wants to make into a walking staff, and she asked me to strip the bark off of it. While studying...
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  • pallin
    replied to Yew Wood Handle
    Yew wood is fairly common in the Pacific NW and is often used by First Nations (Native) carvers for the handles of their tools such as this adze made from a car leaf spring. The "Y"s of branch joints must be quite strong. The stick maker in the UK may have used a branch joint for the interesting...
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  • This comparison is like asking if a motorcycle is better than a bicycle. Each has its application - to get you there. Do you want to get there quicker? Are you obsessed with doing things under your own power? Is a #3 gouge better than a #5? I prefer to cut roughouts with a bandsaw, but how do you rough...
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  • pallin
    replied to Box Top Leaf Design
    Actually that 4 o'clock blemish is a defect in the wood. The chip cut error I noticed is in the oak leaf at the 7 o'clock position. The upper edge toward the leaf tip should have a curving cut from the overlapping leaf point to the tip....
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  • pallin
    started a topic Box Top Leaf Design

    Box Top Leaf Design

    Here is a design adapted from Wayne Barton that works well for the top of a small wooden box. It is mainly the four oak leaves that are mirror reflections, and center of geometric curves. This box had been carved with a large two-letter monogram, but the letters no longer applied, so I carved it flat...
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  • One of the things I notice about your Narex set is that all of the flat gouges that are 12 mm wide are marked "1/12" regardless of whether straight, skew, bent, or fishtail. Pfeil marks them as 1/12, 1S/12, 1/12L and 1F/12. It is helpful when the marking tells you exactly which gouge you...
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    Last edited by pallin; 06-17-2017, 03:22 PM. Reason: punctuation

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  • This consideration should extend beyond other's carvings. Sometimes the source of inspiration is a painting or ceramic decoration. For over 40 years I have carved reliefs based on graphic designs of M. C. Escher. As far as I can tell, Escher never carved a relief. Lots of woodcuts, but they were used...
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  • pallin
    replied to Caragana root
    It looks like this could be similar to cottonwood root, used by Hopi carvers in northeast Arizona - light in color and weight, but capable of holding some detail.
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  • Hey joepaulbutler - It will be a wonderful addition to their home. Idea: How about giving the capital letters a little jazzy touch like the following: I mean just the V-groove and flower (or diamond) on the main vertical part of the letter.

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