Beiträge von Brian Thair

    Here, you can see that Raven has put 6 stars back in the night sky. Also, Raven has put the moon in the sky.

    Raven is carrying the hot sun in his beak, squinting in the light and flames. This will go at the top of the night sky.

    There are many other symbolic features in this carving which are hard to see wit the black paint. The ruler is 15cm.

    For many years, I have read the stories which are parts of the Haida Frist Nation legendary belief of Creation.

    These are shared with the Tlingit and Tsimshian people on the mainland. As you might imagine, the stories change a lot with fine details.

    The central stories are all the same.

    I carve what I see in the wood. I can do it only if it is there. So I have many piles of wood, posts and blocks, indoors and outside.

    The Ravens are my constant winter companions. I feed them when it is colder than -20C ( several nights this week of -35C).

    I was carving Ravens in western red cedar when I understood that I could show parts of the Legendary Belief of Creation.

    I get an idea for a carving then look for the wood that it might be in. Maybe in minutes, maybe in years.


    Ravens are very intelligent birds and occupy a high place in the First Nations cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

    Raven can move from the natural to the supernatural very easily.

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    In the Beginning, it is dark. Raven has to walk everywhere like everybody else. It is too dangerous to try to fly.

    After a time, Raven learns that all the light in the world is kept in a hidden box by "The Old One Who Walks Everywhere."

    Raven plays many tricks and learns where the box is hidden. Raven steals the box of light.



    There's a difference in color and carving quality between bass wood (Tilia) from the northern United States and wood from the southern United States.

    The best and most popular source is Heineke. I don't ever carve bass wood so I have no link. Sorry.

    Each bright and dark = one annual growth ring. Those woods are best to carve with 15-40 growth rings in 25mm wood.

    I like to carve dishes. Yours are very good. Carve more of them!

    I use Microsoft Translator but it does not work for me to post German. Sorry.

    I read that there are several different species of Siberian Tilia sp.

    The trees are not common so the wood must be expensive.

    I would try local woods such as beech (Fagus sylvatica).


    Conifer woods are very common but split easily. Always look at the count of annual rings

    15-30/25mm is good. Less is too soft, more is hard but can be carved.

    I have been carving conifer woods for about 20 years now. I can stop before they split!

    If you can rub it off with your thumb, it is mold. I expect that you will carve it away so do nothing more.


    If you want to clean it up and kill the mold, find some chlorine washing bleach.

    Mix 1 part bleach with 9 parts water. This is used to sterilize biology laboratory benches and tools.

    It kills everything, HIV included.

    Just paint it on and let it dry, the chlorine will evaporate.


    I have some big pieces of willow (Salix sp.) that had mold as they dried. Bleach killed everything.

    Outside, under some sort of cover, but not cooked in a shed, I expect wood to dry at a rate of 2.5 cm per year. Western red cedar and yellow cedar and paper birch don't crack very much except for the ends. I expect some losses so I cut these pieces off.

    Cut a wooden wedge from the back, the ugly side of the log, all the way down the center. This relieves a lot of drought stress. All totem poles are made this way, they are meant to be seen from one side and the other side is cut off to reduce cracks. Otherwise we will carve through the cracks and ignore them.

    Thank you so much, Zillertal, for the information on the translator. I have been fighting with Google Translate to make it do what I want =

    write in my English, translate to German and then paste and post. Google makes some strange words in translation. I am getting used to wood carving gouges being called "irons."


    Rainer Berndt: The wood is the old block of western red cedar on the right side in the first picture.

    The dots you see are pure copper metal inlays made from the rivets used to assemble horse harness.


    BergischerLoeffel: Your English is fine. My German is 55 years old and would embarrass us both.