Beiträge von Brian Thair

    Welcome. I have carved some dishes. There is one in my avatar. The two curved knives = crooked knives

    are actually farrier's hoof trimming knives. The little hooked tip, properly sharpened, is ideal for carving

    the inside of the dish. Always do the outside first.


    Very small dishes are very difficult to carve well. Inexpensive tools are usually very difficult to make "carving sharp."

    I can see from your picture that your tools are not sharp. They should cut shavings like glass.


    I suggest that you put this little dish aside for now. Make all your tools carving sharp if you can. Test in this wood.

    Carve a dish maybe 4 times or 5 times as long as is the little dish. To avoid long splits, first make a stop cut.

    Then you carve towards that so the splits cannot go past the stop. Over and over again.

    Tom Lafortune is a very accomplished First Nations wood carver of totem poles and smaller things.

    He says: " We never make mistakes, we make modifications."

    Perhaps that is universal among carvers? This is such a fine example.

    Clean straight carving wood is very cheap here, $0.50/kg or less.

    I practice. Probably think about a carving at the same time.


    Not any carving, just make chips for knife and adze control.

    Control is what we all want.

    Make chips. Watching very good carvers with very good wood is not much help.

    This depends upon the style of wood carving that you like to make.


    How is your English? "Carving On The Edge Festival" is done for the year.

    There are 5 very good videos on wood and carving tools to watch.


    For me, there are many master carvers in the Pacific Northwest.

    Tom Lafortune, Dempsey Bob, Gordon Dick, Keith Kerrigan and others that you will see with a Google search.

    Many of the famous families are inter-related: Reid, Davidson, Edenshaw, Hunt, Seaweed, Martin, Neel.


    One very distinctive style of wood carvings are the opened logs done by Giuseppe Penone.

    Sorry to stir the pot.

    There is a translator so I can write in English and paste in German

    but I have not figured out how to do it. A French wood carver friend might know.


    Translation is such a challenge when I read what Google Translate is telling me.

    I guess at so many of the meanings!

    I think that the heat gun did a softer job darkening the wood than a gas torch would do.

    That's going to be quite an elegant log home. As much as I like the appearances of them,

    the wood makes the interior very dark and gloomy without a lot of powerful light.

    Many flat white walls will brighten up rainy mornings.

    I have some power saws. Jig saw, band saw and scroll saw. Anything bigger and I have a variety of hand saws, an electric chain saw and a petrol power saw. I select the ones that do the job. Yes, it takes a little care to follow the instructions for the alignment of the band saw.

    Not difficult to do correctly.

    My little band saw has a 12 cm wide pass. In the last 10 years, I have wanted a 30cm saw maybe 3 or 4 times.

    All the other saws I use instead of a big band saw. I only ever have to do the rough cutting of a carving once.

    Here are the two different ways that I store my carving tool.

    1. The box holds no more than 1/2 of all the crooked knives that I use now.

    The newer ones each have a cover for the blades so that they are in a pile in a box.

    2. I had the denim cloth tool rolls made when I was carving with a mallet and gouges.

    I have 4 of these tool rolls, all full of gouges.

    The material is all different so I can keep the gouges in different groups and tell them apart.