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Discussion in 'Hobbies & Crafts' started by Roger Marrs, Mar 28, 2018.
It turned out gorgeous, @Gloria Mitchell. Happy BD and anniversary!
I started carving with a pocket knife at 5. I went to the feed store with my dad. While he was in front shopping for a birthday present for me and getting in our feed order, I wandered in the back where an old dark skinned man was sitting on feed sacks carving on a walking stick. I was fascinated. I wanted to do this. I ran out front and told my daddy I wanted a pocket knife. He said something about maybe when I was older. Next day on my birthday I unwrapped a big box to find a small pocket knife and whet stone. Next time in the feed store, I couldn't wait to show old Zek my knife. He insisted I carve on his walking stick. I did and he then declared one day I would be a woodworker and carpenter. "Can girls be carpenters?" I asked. "Why shore they can and mighty fine carpenters too," he said. I worked a few years in carpentry, cabinet and furniture making. I still have most of my tools, just lack the interest to use them.
My late sister was a master woodworker. She turned candlesticks and bowls, made intricate jigsaw-puzzle-like sculptures, and puzzle boxes out of large knots and roots. I'm so glad to have some of her works.
Have you any pictures of them? Would love to see. I am mainly a worker with metal, but have made a number of things from wood.
Here is the biggest thing I ever built:
But this is the most complex, it took 7 years:
@Frank Sanoica that is awesome!
Has to be one of the most splendid things to do, to create an item from wood
I would have made a flute and then annoyed everyone by playing it, love the sound I do
@Faye Fox @Patsy Faye
Thank you both! Neither is strictly wood, kinda off-thread, but i do greatly love designing and building; it has been my whole life, actually.
I have to use extreme caution peeling a potato and I'm not even trying to make a shape.
@Bess Barber Well I am a big sissy when it comes to potato peeling. I cut off the ends, then stick a fork in one end, stand it on end on a cutting board, and use a wide flat blade knife and with all down strokes toward the board. Easy to rotate with the fork. No fingers even near the blade. I can actually peel faster this way. I never pull a knife toward me. For woodcarving I have all kinds of vises and ways of holding things.