Wonder if his bayonet
is as sharp as our
Happy Memorial Day
Here's what happened at Saturdays Meeting:
|Scott's Knife, Walnut Handle|
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.
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.