Beiträge von Brian Thair

    I grow grapes. That's a very big leaf, good for dolmades. The grapes need to be bigger and all the same size.

    Make them better round, also. Red or white, do you think?

    I sharpen a lot of these tools with the bevels on the inside. "In-cannel" was the European term for the placement of the bevel.

    10+ years ago, I abandoned the mallet and gouge tradition for the tools used here in the Pacific Northwest.




    The crooked knives and elbow and D adzes from the First Nations carvers from the Pacific Northwest are all like this.

    These will teach you the fine points of freehand sharpening, if you don't know them already.


    You can see my tools and carvings in the Showcase, below.

    Use a good translation app and we can talk to each other.

    I can help you to make these tools "carving sharp."


    This thread is a good place. Might serve to help other people also.


    First, you are not carving the North American species: Tilia americana.

    What you bought is probably T. platyphyllos x T. europa, a common Linden hybrid.


    Second, the best wood comes from northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.

    Basswood from the southern USA is tough.


    Third, you may have bought some wood cut from very large branches. That has a tougher anatomy = reaction wood.

    In the case of deciduous angiosperm trees such as Linden, that anatomy is called tension wood.


    Fourth, wood carving tools need to be exceptionally sharp, better than razors. The bevel angles are critical.


    You can find some of my tools and carvings in the Showcase(?) section here.

    Mostly western red cedar from the mountains and yellow cedar.

    Every wood has its problems.

    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.