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Wood Carving






While the temperatures are below zero outside, we've been finding ways to occupy our hands and minds inside.  Audio books, knitting, baking, drawing, and the latest obsession, wood carving.  Cole asked for carving knives at Solstice this year and was pleased as punch when he received not one, but two sets from various family members.  He's been spending hours nestled in front of the wood stove making swords and daggers out of pine and birch.  Last weekend, Jake and I joined in the making, too. Jake started working on a spoon, but it split just as he was finishing the bowl.  Too bad, because it looked just like this spoon and I love it for making bread.  I started a wooden mushroom, after watching this video.  For my first attempt at carving anything other than sticks around the campfire, I'm happy with how it turned out.  Just a little sanding around the edges, and I'm calling it done.  
We made a huge mess, and I didn't even care.  It was such fun and I can't wait to see what else comes of our wood carving obsession this winter.  Have you done any wood carving?  We'd love some beginner project ideas if you'd like to share.

7 comments:

  1. love it! My husband has actually been interested in working with wood for years. This solstice I got him a couple wood working books to look through. His only foray so far has been to try making wooden knitting needles and he is really enjoying it! It's nice to have something to do when animal and gardening chores are done for the year. No project ideas to point you toward but have fun and love seeing what you create!

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  2. My kids got a carving set and wood burner for their birthdays a couple months ago, and have been carving swords, daggers, walking sticks, whistles, flowers, etc. My daughter has since asked for chainsaw "lessons" haha. How fun that you join them. I would love to play, too! When this baby gets a bit older, I have so many fun toys to play with :).

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  5. Cool way to spend time indoors during winter! I’m not a carver, but I am fascinated by woodwork, too. Like you guys, I’m guilty of spending hours doing my personal wood projects, but the only difference is that you use spoon and I use a table saw. I can pretty much spend an entire day with that tool. Glad I stumbled upon an awesome one in Sawinery.

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