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Old 08-08-2012, 01:32 AM   #1
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Any one here whittle if so show pics I thought id try it out post pics after I get a little better.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:39 AM   #2
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I whittle walking sticks. I'll post some pics.
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Here's some. I cut maple, season for about a year in a warm place. I sand up to 2,000 grit sand paper before I finish with tung oil, makes the wood feel like glass.
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Carving is new to me and the tools I used flat out suck. I plan on getting better tools later on. Super fun past time. I enjoy walking in the woods to find the sticks, then finishing them.
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The appreciation for doing something with your hands is a dieing concept today. Its truly, very seriously, a sad thing.

My granfather used to do wood working and as a youngster I would always hang out in his shop with him. I was fairly young but the love for great natural wood grain and the smell of saw dust or wood that had just been drilled into never left me.

As a result I now will go to thrift stores, find old and beat up solid wood furniture and fix it up (some of the most amazing wood furniture is sadly painted over 3 and 4 times). A little stripper, some sanding, new hardware, stain, and a finish and we rock and roll!

Hint, a good propane torch lighly applied can REALLY made somd grains just pop right out at you!
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those walking sticks are awesome right now i am working on a fish
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I whittle, but it's only to make sharp sticks. I should move into carving designs.
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yeah start small be safe its a good way to spend time
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I had an uncle that carved a wooden chain from a solid piece of wood.
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I used to whittle a little when I was a kid. Once I carved chess pieces out of pencils with an xacto blade. It was for a small plastic portable chess set that was missing some pieces. I used the pencil's lead as the pegs. They fit into holes in the chess board.

But mostly I just carved toothpicks and slivers.
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