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Hi Everyone

 

I came across the Carving Path website by accident whilst researching carving drapery

 

I normally describe myself on commercial websites as :-

 

"I am a sculptor / woodcarver taking inspiration from the form of the log rather than forcing my ideas on squared timber. I allow the wood to tell me what to carve as I search for the story hidden in the wood. I prefer the human figure but my work includes a wide range of subjects. I specialise in Corporate Art and Private commissions."

 

This seems to formal for the carving path. I have been carving on and off for 60 years having started with a knife and a bit of wood at 8 years old. For most of the time I have felt that I was part-time rather than amateur. I went to university in 1995 as a rather mature student and did a course in Sculpture. I decided not to carve whilst on the course and do all the other things that were on offer. I spent 6 months as an exchange student in Richmond Virginia where I joined in with the James River Woodcarvers activities. A special Hello to anyone who remembers me from that time.

 

After University, I felt able to hang up a sign and charge for my carving. The field where there was the least competition from carvers living on a dollar a day somewhere south and east of Cairo, is chain saw carving. I have made a steady income although not a living out of that for the last 13 years. Now I am approaching 70, I can foresee a time when the appeal of balancing on a pile of pallets with a chain saw may at sometime loose it's appeal. I am trying to develop the small carving side of my repertoire. This is taking off slowly.

 

I work on commission rather than stuff for a gallery as the commissioners can come up with some requirement that gets me out of the rut that it is so easy to get into. I tend to use found wood rather than bought, because it is cheaper and allows me to carve more interesting shapes.

 

Hope to really enjoy the forums

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have you seen the chain saw discs that they have for angle grinders? works like a chainsaw just on smaller scale perhaps you can get one of those and work on somehting siting on your table rather then takeing up your driveway.

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I have chainsaw disk for an angle grinder but do not like it. There is so much metal spinning at such a speed that it tends to work like a gyroscope and wander off where it wants to go. I have put some short lengths of plastic pipe over the electric cable to the angle grinder as I had the experience of the disk cutting through the cable. Not an experience I would recommend!!!

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Roots have a lot of advantages. They can eliminate the problems of short grain. I like carving the human figure. If I carved out of square cut timber and wanted an arm sticking out from the body at right angles, I would have problems with short grain causing the arm to fall off. If there is a root where I need an arm on a body, I have a really strongly attached bit of wood that will never fall off. Of course I can only put an arm where there is a suitable root, but that all adds to the interest of the carving

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