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Old 01-24-2014, 05:19 AM   #1
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Wood carving/pyrography stuff


I've been carving for about 10 years, partially self taught. I just picked up pyrography a few months ago, and I'm still figuring things out. If carving is anything to go by, I'll be saying that for a few years If anyone else carves or burns, feel free to show off too.

This is an overview of some of my more recent stuff. I mostly do really small carving, since it's much easier to carry around (in college). My specialty is ring carving, which is a ton of fun, and a quick challenge for anyone who feels like trying. My favorite woods to carve are black walnut, apple, and bass. I tend to use harder woods because a) I got some for free, and b) they work better for little carvings. I do woodcarving demonstrations in the Student Union building on campus. I always get some interest, and I really hope more people try out carving.


The bird is on an old, beat up cutting board I found. Makes a good place to set hot pots and pans.

My miniatures, the bird, the rabbit, and the dog are going to be part of a 4 animal mini carousel. The fourth animal will be a cat, and that should be fun to carve, but I still have no idea how I'll do the carousel part of it.

Two works in progress. Please note I've never carved or kept angel fish before, I'm a little fuzzy on what they're supposed to look like, but I know I got the bottom fin on one of them wrong. (I should have been using more reference pictures) I suppose this is a job for a conveniently placed rock to hide it.

And to end things off, here's a handful of some of my favorite rings I've carved. (oh, and a turtle wearing a top hat)
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:43 AM   #2
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Impressive artwork! I really like the little boxes, and your turtle!
The rings look like they would be even harder.. very cool.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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This got me motivated enough to work on the two unfinished pieces up there, the angel fish pair and the birds. Liking the angels more after burning, but I still really hate the fin on the one angel. The birds...eh, could be better, could be worse.


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You have some nice work in your carving and a lot of patience. Very nice pieces
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:02 AM   #5
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I bet you could make some really nice birds for Native American flutes.
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Here's a couple of my favorites I did...I've got a ton more projects...not all have wood burnings though

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Old 01-25-2014, 01:13 AM   #7
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I bet you could make some really nice birds for Native American flutes.
Haha, thanks. I've actually thought about trying to make a flute itself. Structurally, they seem pretty easy, but I'm still dragging my feet on it.
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Fantastic work you've got there. I've always wanted to learn how to make furniture and functional stuff, but the table saw scares me a bit, haha
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:30 AM   #8
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Made this simple applewood band for a how-to video I'm putting together. So far the video isn't exactly coming together well, but I do like how the ring turned out. Applewood, size 7, a plain band with a burned stripe. Finished with two coats of superglue, and then a couple coats of Renaissance Wax for a beautiful (and fingerprint free) shine. Haven't been able to get good pics of it, but this one seems nice. Took about 2.5 hours total, which doesn't seem like a whole lot until you try doing that all in one go. 1.5 for carving, and an hour of sanding, superglue, sanding, superglue, sanding, wax, buff, repeat
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Ever try carving a shrimp?
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What type of wood are you using for the fish and birds?
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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I think a shrimp might be just a hair difficult, haha. Too many tiny thing pieces. Might be worth trying to burn.

For the fish, I used basswood, it's soft and easy to carve. Possibly too soft as I had an issue with the thin fins breaking. Super glue solves all problems though, haha. Using it as a finish on the fish to try and strengthen them. For the birds, I had little pieces of poplar wood, harder than basswood, but with a nice even grain like basswood. Also has a greenish color that looks pretty nice.
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Wow, this is amazing, you have a talent for it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:24 PM   #13
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Beautiful artwork. Love wood art.
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I haven't had much time for carving lately, but I did figure out how to do tiny lil critters. The fox is 1" long, the cat a lil shorter, and the seahorse is about as long as the cat. Painted with watercolors, and I've been trying to find a finish that won't destroy the paintjob. Tried clear nail polish on the seahorse. Aside from it being shiny (done after pic), it seems to work well.



I can't take credit for the next few pics, those were from a friend of mine who is learning how to do product photography. I sent him a few of my rings and the cat for him to practice with, and he's doing a fantastic job.



Here's that bird ring from the first post. Looks so different with better lighting and someone who knows what they're doing behind the camera
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:17 PM   #15
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Very cool!
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