Woodcarvers of Las Vegas

We are a new group of woodcarvers of all skill levels who want to advance our skills and help others. We are meeting at Woodworkers Emporium on south Arville in Las Vegas.
We meet on the 4th Saturday of each month.
Come join us .
For more information contact Dennis Patchett 702-782-3519

Saturday, May 31, 2014

 
First of all John did a great recap of Saturdays class including photos. The class mostly included tools, knives ,and sharpening, and a review of corner cuts
We will need to pick a couple of projects to warm up to santas sooner than we know.
 Scott

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Meeting @ Woodworkers Emporium



Wonder if his bayonet 

is as sharp as our

 carving knives?

Happy Memorial Day



Here's what happened at Saturdays Meeting:

    
Scott's Knife, Walnut Handle
     For starters, we had a pretty sparse turn out for this meeting.  I'm sure that this being Memorial Day had a lot to do with that as many use this unofficial start of summer to get out of town and head for the lake, mountains, forests, and anywhere else.  There were half a dozen of us so the meeting was pretty informal.  Scott brought in this knife that he recently made, it's based on a design by Mike Shipley.  Being new to the carving scene I hadn't heard of him but here's a  LINK to some of his tools.  Even though I have more pressing work going on in my shop this really intrigued me!  Scott said he used an old Sawzall blade which I happened to have.  Everything went fine grinding and sharpening an edge until I attempted to drill holes in it --- no luck!  I'll have to ask him how he accomplished that.
   
   
   



     I brought in this little Dachshund which is my first attempt at 3D carving.  I'm needing help on how to smooth out the curves and a thin, flexible knife was the suggestion.  That's what I tried to make but once it came to drilling the holes that project is stopped for now.  I may be better off  to just spend twenty bucks or so and have a professionally made one.








Scott went over several techniques of how to hold our knifes for different application.  The subject of sharpening came up as well.  If there's one thing everyone understands is that without a sharp knife, carving will be a frustrating experience.  Here is a collection of diamond and water stones he showed us along with tips on using them:


Along with sharpening, it's important to hone your blade before, during, and while you're working.  I brought in a portable strop (shop made) that can simply be hooked over a table.  The small dowel has a piece leather charged with rouge glued to it that is helpful for removing the burr from the inside of gouges.


 
   We spent the meeting time experimenting on some more sticks and it was suggested that we dedicate a meeting to creating these caricature practice sticks.  Many of the members are beginners and it would be valuable for us to slowly go through this process step by step, making the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc. on one of these sticks to gain confidence and muscle memory in our carving endeavor.

     If you know of others who might be interested in getting involved in the woodcarvers club let them know that we meet every fourth Saturday of the month at Woodworkers Emporium.  Mark your calendar as well.  Randy will be doing the blog and I'm sure he'll send reminders out to everyone a couple of days prior to each meeting.



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Meeting #2

On April 26th we had our second meeting. We welcomed a few new faces and shared out first project the carved egg. Enclosed is a photo of some of the finished eggs. ( and everyone still had all the fingers they started with).

project #1

 
At this months meeting Scott Bigler gave a demonstration on face carving. He supplied us all with a piece of wood to make "study sticks" of a face. He also shared his bag of tools for those of us who didn't bring or have them yet.

Thanks Scott for the demo and John Eugster for the photos. See you next meeting.


First Meeting

On March 22nd, 2014 under the leadership of Dennis Patchett  and the generous sponsorship of Woodworkers Emporium( 5461 Arville, Las Vegas 89118) who are supplying us with a room to
use we started with our first meeting.

We had a surprising first showing of 8 woodcarvers. We decided to have our meetings every 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.  Dennis gave a demonstration on sharpening and our first class project was passed out . Everyone was given a block of wood to try and carve an egg without the help of any sanding.

Come one come all to try your hand at Woodcarving .