Notes From the
By Mike Bloomquist, with Doug Evans
and Loren Woodard
Email Mike at m.bloomquistATverizonDOTnet or visit his web, Wooden Dreams
Hope your summer is getting off to a
wonderful start and your managing to dodge the worst of this severe
weather we're seeing this year. Across the Net I'm reading about
some creative ways to combine woodcarving with the usual summer
activities. There's one woodcarver/angler I know who has a
rod holder with a
fish-on alarm so he can make wood chips while waiting for the fish to
co-operate. I always thought camping
and woodcarving was a
natural. Woodcarving and mountain
bike camping is
my favorite combo. No, I don't carve while I ride... but there is
a lean-to at Woodhull Lake (Adirondacks) that has a couple piles of
it that didn't come from an axe (hmmmm, that
would make an interesting caricature carving though).
Another woodcarving activity that
isn't limited to summer, but really peaks during these months is the
woodcarving get-together sometimes referred to as a "gathering",
a "roundup", a "retreat" or a "carve along". You will need to
but there's probably one not too far from you. Accomodations run
the gamut from tent site to cabins, lodge rooms and local
hotels. Fees can vary widely as well from just "bring your tools
and buy a blank", to per instructor pay-as-you-go, to a flat fee for room-board-tuition &
re-fill that lemonade, or ice tea, or whatever and lets look at some
Notes from the Net...
A Vise for Your Favorite Vice
Steve Lankerd Sr. has the lead
question again this issue. Keep those great questions coming
This has probably been discussed in the past, I am
looking for some sort of carving vise that would hold walking or hiking
sticks and canes. I plan on carving wood spirits of sorts and I
figured holding steady the piece you carve would be a good thing.
Either plans to make a vise or a ready made one would be great.
Thanks for the help...
Steve Lankerd Sr
Steve I use my regular bench vise
I have 2 pieces of wood 2x3x6 and I hollowed both out to some degree
and put them around my stick held in place with an elastic band than I
place them in the vise and tighten gently this way you can move
the stick up or down to a desired hight for easy carving
Then Denny found a good link....
Happy corvin' to ya
Here is a site that was referred
to on the SCWW (Stick Carvers
World Wide) group. It shoes how to build a shaving horse
that will hold canes as well as other items
Matt had something closer to home...
There are links to a number of different workholders and vices in the
Carvers' Companion Reference Files here: http://carverscompanion.com/NewCarverFiles.html
Once there click on the "In the Shop" link. In
particular, look at Richard Rombold;s double-headed shaving
horse - has a stick holding vice at one end.
Then the Whizz himself added
Here a simple one, just a couple
of 2 X 4's http://home.rochester.rr.com/dmatthews/shavepony/
Richard L. Rombold
489 N. 32nd. St.
Springfield, Or .97478
Take a look at my mess and work.
"Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for thou art crunchy and
taste good with ketchup"
(Gotta love the signature
line... make sure to check out his PictureTrail gallery, but don't get
lost. There's more NFTN)
And Hugh wrapped it up with a great
recommendation from a fine supplier...
heh there Scrimmy---about the
"VISE"---I use the Veritas woodcarvers vise from Lee Valley which I
find very versatile---Leoard Lee is a great Canadian and deals with hi
quality tools---his vise # 05G20.01--$109 CDN----addy is--:PO Box
6295 Stn J.Ottawa Ontario,K2A1T4---the "E" addy is www.leevalley.com
and also ask them to be on their mailing list and to "now" send you the
Fine Woodworking Tools catalog---they are a great company and stand by
their products 100%----good luck and I hope this helps---Spring has
finally sprung here--warm regards--Hugh(aka skincarp)
Now a little discussion on habitat...
Carving "Boss" Moss...
Merryl Bustin asks....
I am trying to make a habitat scene for a bird carving to include a
mossy forest floor. Can someone give me a hint on how to create this?
I've been trying successive layers of spray adhesive and sawdust, but
with limited results. Any help would be appreciated.
Gene Bremmer answers...
Ivan Whillock has a caution and a
I don't know about your case, but, I know some fish carvers who use
ground up cork to use for ground in their habitat. You can get it in
fine and coarse ground and gives a good texture I am told. I know one
such supplier is Hide and Beak Supply at Saginaw, Minnesota. I am sure
other suppliers might have it also. Just a thought.
Also, some type of moss that you can buy at hobby shops might help you
out or work for you.
Some shows, and even some artists
who don't compete, expect that the habitat be made of wood. If that is
your case, I've seen some successful moss made with drill shavings,
which, unlike sawdust, have a "curl" to them.
Ned brings a suggestion from a
Ivan Whillock Studio
122 NE 1st Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
Visit my website at
Visit my Picture Trail album at
Browse through the materials used for making scenery in the model
railroading section of a hobby shop and you are likely to find some
things you can use.
Ned Megargee, recovering model railroader
Lori Corbett has another technique...
I don't know if it's too late in this case, but I have had good results
by carving my own moss. You have to plan ahead for it, obviously, so
there's enough wood to to do it. I carve the shape of my mossy
patch, then take a long flame shaped diamond point in my micro-grinder
and poke it into the wood randomly, and at random depths. I use
successively smaller flame points, which gives the moss a nice spongy
look. Plus it's FUN :-)
Hope this helps...
Please visit my website:
Whispering Eagle Studio
And a final one from Don...
I at first
used my Ram and a couple of different sized pointed bits to make holes
in the wood base to look sorta like moss that is on rocks. I found out
recently that to make the moss that is on the forest floor, to get one
of those green scourer pad and pull it apart to get the look of moss.
OK, Gang, that's all for this
issue. Keep them edges keen,
the chips piled high, and enjoy the summer.
time and check out the wood carving lists on the Internet. There
is a lot of knowledge free for the asking on all of the list serves.
For information regarding the various email
lists for woodcarvers, visit The Carvers' Companion
Files, or click the links below.
Woodcarver's List - Woodcarvers' Porch - American
Stickmaker's - Knotholes List - Fishcarving
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