I plan on making a how to on the tools I used for this but figured I need to get back into posting so this is my start at whittling and beginning to carve.
My wife and I now empty nesters (well kinda or wishful) have been giving thought to things we can do together now kids are not our main focus.
Also with having a travel trailer we want something to do around the campsite other than walks etc.
So believe it or not guys Linda actually came up with carving. I jumped at the opportunity and the rest is history.
But first to test my dear wife's desires and ensure they were not merely inline with trying to please me I set up for us to have trial go at some carving.
Did not want to spend loads of loot on tools so made some which I will post a tips sheet about for others to try. Suffice to say my carving tools cost less than $10 and that includes blades bought from Lee Valley.
Anyhow found a video on You tube on how to carve a wood spirit and I quiet liked the guys whole manner so downloaded it.
Got some blocks of bass wood together around 1.5 inch square and over this past weekend while away at Pinery Provincial Park we sat down one afternoon and got stuck in.
I had planned to try draw in some friends that went along, by whittling a whistle from some drift wood I found on the lake shore the day before we started. But they did not bite. They had a half hearted go but said its just not their thing.
Any enough of the blabber here are my first attempts at chipping away a whistle and a spirit carving. Don't expect much this was only a hour or so effort.
Good thing is Linda is hooked and keen and I get to buy some nice wood carving tools to really get into it. Will look to pick up a set of Pfeil carving chisels when I go to USA next by road.
Thank you Toni for the carving inspiration.