Beiträge von Brian Thair

    I carve what I see in the wood. That is usually western red cedar (Thuja plicata).

    Biggest carvings are in the 60cm - 160cm range. I put my tools and some carvings in the showcase section.

    The only other woods I use are yellow cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and birch (Betula papyrifera)

    I have piles of logs and beams inside and outside the house.


    There are some good chainsaw carvers here, it is not a style that interests me at all.

    I bought a CS carving but not mine.


    I live just south (to the left) of that picture in the village of McBride, BC 53N x 120W.

    I live alone. This is my house, 125m^2 on each of 2 floors. I can bring in 30cm logs for carving, if I need to do so.

    I do my very best to keep all the carving work in one large room. I make all kinds of mess in there and nowhere else in the house.


    The house keeper thinks it's funny to find chips and shavings upstairs. She knows what I have been doing.

    I do try to brush myself off each night.



    Welcome, Isabella. I have separate coverings for each knife and adze. I can put those in a box. The boxes are always too small.

    As a rule, I never clean up = I maybe pile up the tools and sweep the floor to one side so my chair moves.

    Welcome Gerd from 120W Long. x 53N Lat. I use Google Translate for this site.

    I have not figured out how to set this writing into German.

    I wonder which style of carving you like the best.

    I have been a member of the WCI forums for many years.

    At the top of the forum page is a bar to click on which has many pages of carving information, patterns included.

    I, too, am trying to watch a video and carve at the same time. Very difficult.

    I can't get my translator app to work the other way and change my english into german. Sorry about that.


    We expect carving wood to air dry about 2-3 cm thickness per year (outdoors, in the shade).

    Painting the log ends with paint or glue slows the end drying and slows the cracking but you maybe cannot stop that.

    Maybe I can cut off the cracked ends, other times, I don't care and carve through the cracks.

    I like that fish. I most like the little carvings like the turtle. Interesting details to look for.


    Look at all the different kinds of Canadian west coast totem poles. Those logs all crack in the weather.

    Our First Nations ignore that and carve right through it. Little poles, like fence posts, crack sometimes, too.

    I watched that documentary twice with the sound turned off so I could concentrate on the visual.

    He used gouges and a lip adze for certain. You can see them. The bottom, which becomes the back,

    is the same action as carving dishes. He does what I do. There's an example of mine in the Showcase forum.

    I can see how he did some of it. He started with a 1/25 or 1/30 straight chisel gouge.

    For a very brief moment, we see him using a "lip adze" which has upturned corners and sides to cut across wood fiber.

    The pattern in the bottom makes me think that he drilled out a lot of wood with a Forstner or a spade bit.

    Then, he would have used the adze to cut away the webbing between holes for the patterned surface.


    He used a very hot high intensity light source which is a fire hazard. In this day and time, LED would best.