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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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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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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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I had an uncle that carved a wooden chain from a solid piece of wood.
I have seen items like that for sale at craft shows. It's awesome. I have no talent like that.

But I remember as a kid, my Mom would buy Ivory soap and let my brother and I carve things out of it. It would keep us busy for a quite a while during the summer. And if we didn't make it too top heavy, it would even float.
 

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. . . .But I remember as a kid, my Mom would buy Ivory soap and let my brother and I carve things out of it. . . .
I had forgotten about this. When I was in high school, the art dept. chairman tossed a block of balsa wood at me and told me to carve something from it. After much thought, I carved a bar of soap (Dove) just so I could say, “I carved a bar of soap”.
 

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I had forgotten about this. When I was in high school, the art dept. chairman tossed a block of balsa wood at me and told me to carve something from it. After much thought, I carved a bar of soap (Dove) just so I could say, “I carved a bar of soap”.
Did you pass?
 

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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.
Sounds fun, whack a bear with one. ;)
 

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Did you pass?
One might say that.

It wasn’t a class. I was one of the art dept.’s two student aides. The art chairman was a heavy weight in the school administration. As long as I met his cleverness requirement and made myself useful to him & the dept., I could do whatever I wanted with my school day; go to class, don’t go to class, whatever. No one wanted to mess with him, and I ‘worked’ for him, so I had the run of the place. School personnel asked me for favors.

So yeah, I guess I ‘passed’.
 

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First off...these weren't done by me and might be more classified as carving then whittling but I thought I would share.
These were both picked up in Africa nearly 20 years ago.
The first is used by tribesman as a stool and a headrest.


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This next one is made of soapstone and is very soft and fragile.


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I once whittled a stick (about the size of a ball point pen) with a little face. I called it "Woody" I kept it in my uniform pocket next to my pen. When I felt especially evil, I would pull it out and pretend to carry on a conversation with "Woody". Woody would tell me whether or not someone needed to go to jail. Scared the bejeasus out of a few people. "OMG, the giant cop talks to a stick!" Most people are genuinely afraid of CRAZY!
 

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I once whittled a stick (about the size of a ball point pen) with a little face. I called it "Woody" I kept it in my uniform pocket next to my pen. When I felt especially evil, I would pull it out and pretend to carry on a conversation with "Woody". Woody would tell me whether or not someone needed to go to jail. Scared the bejeasus out of a few people. "OMG, the giant cop talks to a stick!" Most people are genuinely afraid of CRAZY!
Dang Robo! That is just wrong.

Of course, i was once arrested by the long arm of the law...singular; the officer only had one arm. I lost it when he said he was gonna have to take off a shoe or two to add up my fine.
 
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