not that it matters much what I say,but I have to agree with Whitecree "" Just do it" get a piece of wood and whatever (animals, spirits, santas, driftwood ) you like ,but just do it.
Hi Loren -- Great to meet you
I was unable to get into you web site and I want to see that badly - - I'll try again later.
I'll right down east Hwy.50 from you . Husband has to go up to Tan Tara for business meetings ever so often.
What is your best advice for beginning carvers? ...
After you buy the book on carving, buy the best carving glove you can afford, buy a good carving knife, make a strop to keep it sharp and carve the easiest project that you can find.
Ivan and Dick are right on the money...one of the best teachers I had (not carving) had a knack for taking the most difficult and exacting processes and tricking us to do it. The manner in which he incoorporated the most difficult steps and techniques into a teaching-learning process that produced a finished product was great. We practiced the hard parts withouy even knowing it and learned. And ended up with a good product. And if I recall correctly doesn't the 5 minute owl, as a first learning project incoorporate many of the basic cuts..... Good thread Tom H