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Carving a simple Wood Spirit

Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by SOAR, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. scottallan

    scottallan Member

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    thanks, i found that very informative and shall give it a go myself.
     
  2. the interceptor boy

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    I carved my very first wood spirit blindfolded after reasons this article and it is now soaking in walnut oil.sorry no pic because I am using my phone and have forgotten how to post picture on Photobucket and don't hav a pc either. thanks very Soar and if u r going to the moot I show u my modest piece of carving, taken a few hours and will be attempting another one at the moot. thanks for sharing. cheers the interceptor boy
     
  3. LuckyDucky

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    Wow. Fancy making me one for my birthday lol
    I think im going to try to do one.
     
  4. LuckyDucky

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    Is ash the best wood to use or can you use any? Also does it have to be a fresh cut branch? Is it legal to find a tree ie ash and cut off a small branch?
     
  5. LuckyDucky

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    I have a loads of leylandii lying around which i cut a couple of months ago, and i want to make a spirit is it possible to carve this wood?
     
  6. woodspirits

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    hi LD in the absence of soar i'll jump in here, yes just about any wood will do. green wood is easier to carve though, unless you have access to some perhaps have a word with your local farmer, arborist company, your only talking thumb size have a wander around or just have a go with your leylandii :)
     
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    Be careful with leylandi, the sap can irritate.
     
  8. Madpuppy

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    Thanks for the tutorial ole hoss, I've been wanting to try this for a while and now I have the blueprint. We have a lot of white ash growing here in Nebraska and I make trips up to South Dakota quite often and they have ash there as well so my supply is good. Thanks again and keep whitlin'
     
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    I like that, nice work.
     
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    Thats really amazing work.... people like you are why I shy away from trying this, lol! :p No comparison
     
  11. The Warrior

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    Very nice work. Here's my first. I used a little Becker BK13 Remora to carve it:

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    Here's another I did on a small homemade bead. not the best, but very small. I carved it with the blade on a Gerber Artifact:

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  12. SOAR

    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    They are really good!
     
  13. Edcraft

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    Brilliant! Do you have much luck selling these mate? I can carve a bit myself. Just looking for other ways to make some income really, but I do enjoy doing it. Hard times financially, but it's a bit of a blessing in disguise, it's gotten me out of my comfort zone and looking at things I put on hold for years. Making me adapt and I like it now haha I like losing my job. Never thought I'd say that haha

    I've got a few nice pieces of oak and a bundle of 2" wild rose stems, that are dry now. Do you think anyone would be interested in buying walking sticks made of wild rose or ornamental owls/spirits carved from Oak and has anyone got any idea of how much I could get for things like that? Is it a viable option for a full time thing? :) Need some new carving tools though, but £1 sounds good to me haha
     
  14. martsim73

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    That is often how I feel..... :)
     
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    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Great stuff :)
     
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    I speak from experience when I say you are right it does irritate. I felled a couple last year any my arms were covered in a rash that felt similar to cement burns
     
  18. Elen Sentier

    Elen Sentier Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Hey, thanks for this. I hope to start carving this winter adn this i a real spur. I shall carve myself a wood spirit :)
     
  19. Elen Sentier

    Elen Sentier Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Errrr ... help! Will somebody pse tell me what these tools are? I want to buy myself some but not sure what to buy. Can't afford nice posh tool so will have to get from amazon.
     
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