That was fun! I'm inspired
Ok, please disregard my question referring to the direction of the grain. Since we are confined to our home for a couple of weeks I am taking this opportunity to carve and carve and carve some more. So I have been working on my grain direction and all of a sudden today the light bulb came on and I now understand grain direction. Sorry for my silly question. I would love to chat but I can hear the wood calling name, it actually talks to me!
I'm so glad you figured it out! Carve a dozen! It's so difficult to explain this in words. You sometimes just need to try to carve it and see where it goes. Have fun!
I have carved 3 donuts in basswood which was rather fun. I understand the grain and direction to carve on the outside of the donut. Now on the inside of the donut am I suppose to see a grain difference? I know it changes because Mary you told me so and sure enough the wood does talk to me. What am I missing? Not understanding why the grain changed within an inch of the outside of the donut. Or maybe I will get it the more I carve. By the way Mary, your lessons are excellent and thank you.
I was reading about Asher cutting himself and possibly buying stock in band aids. But before you buy stock try pouring ground black pepper over your cut and then just wait. It will stop bleeding and it doesn't hurt. You might not need to buy band aid stock.
Thanks for that! But let's just try not to cut ourselves...
On a long, and large, project like this how do you deal with residual pencil marks, and dirt from your hands? Eraser? Soap? Carve the dirt away at the end? Cover the finished parts with cloth? Thanks.
P.S. Congratulations to the new grandma.
Hi Bill, Thanks!
If you work quickly, you can actually put your carving under a faucet, and scrub with soap and water. Dry it quickly, or it will begin to warp. Don't let the water sit on it for long. And when you let it dry, prop it up so it dries evenly.