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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Woodcarving Group Projects/Exchanges

From time to time an opportunity presents itself for carvers to participate in a carving swap or exchange. These photos are of mini friendship cane segments that were carved and exchanges is just such a project. These particular cane segments had to be carved out of a wood block no larger then 2/4" x 3/4" x 2".
This exchange was set up where the participants had to carve 13 segments and send one to each participant. The segments had a hole drilled through them so they could be strung on a 1/8" dowel.

As you can see, there are some absolutely fantastic carvings here. There are several reasons for me to post these photos. First and foremost is to share the great carvings, and let folks see what a carver can do when carving "small". A second reason, and just as important, is to explain how any level woodcarver can benefit by participating in just such a project.
The key to woodcarving, as in everything else, is practice. Practice, Practice, Practice. An ancient Chinese woodcarver once said "you'll have to carve 1000 faces before you feel confident in your ability". Whether it's 1000 or 100, there is truth in the saying.
Newer woodcarvers should not be discouraged from joining and participating in these projects. It is a great way to gain experience and in kinda forcing yourself to get better and better. It's also a great way to get some really nice woodcarvings. But as in any swap or exchange, if you do sign on to participate, remember that you have a responsibility to complete the effort.

For any woodcarvers that are interested, there is an ongoing effort on Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board.


Holee said...

WOW, you didn't tell us you had an article in print! That's fantastic!

Dave Brock said...

Thanks for posting these great pictures Tom. I just can't think of a greater project than a bunch of good folks coming together on this... and especially a bunch of folks that you don't personally know. When I get a little more time on my hand I'd love to join y'all on one.