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Selecting the wood, making the working drawing, bandsawing and holding the workpiece, ready to carve...


| 29 April 2014 06:51

Tony - Yes, I do like the #10 for the way it's several gouges in one. I don't know a stockist (I don't even know where you are writing from!) but I can say my favourite maker of these is Henry Taylor; so you might approach them directly through their website?

| 28 April 2014 09:07

hi Chris I am new to carving and looking to increase my collection of chisels. You seem to use #10 a lot but I can't find a stockist who does #10 could you help please as i'm going to have a go at the green man. thanks

| 20 February 2014 07:23

Ann - If you think about the age of some of these carvings, way before electricity, then of course they did everything 'by hand'. You can do a lot for example with a handsaw, cutting the waste ACROSS the grain then knocking out the shortened fibres, or just sawing off a lump with as coping saw. It's just 'woodworking' - working wood; they recess hinges essentially in the same way.

| 18 February 2014 20:41

Chris, picking up Craig's older thread and speaking for small workshop parttime carvers, how could one handle a tricky GreenMan rough outlining with hand tools? How much is worth doing by hand?

| 23 August 2012 20:59

Craig - Congratulations on finding the path of woodcarving! BANDSAW: a really useful machine to have when you need it, but will mostly lie dormant, either in between carvings or because the carving doesn't call for it. If you are working Green Man and bigger, it'll save you a lot of time and effort.However, I'd suggest you leave it until you see which way your carving is going - the biggest mistake is to buy one that's too small... WOOD: fish where the fishes swim! Get in touch with local carver/clubs, yellow pages, online searches, offcuts from joinery firms etc. A small piece will go a long way. Always buy the very best quality. It's a mistake, when you are learning, to practise on poor wood. You wouldn't want to learn the violin on a crappy instrument! Hope this helps.

| 23 August 2012 17:17

Chris, I am new to the hobby and just building my tool & wood supplies.
Do you think I should invest in a decent bandsaw or can I get by with hand tools. Also, I have had difficulty in getting wood to work with. Where is the best place to find carving wood like you use in the Green Man video? Thanks, Craig

| 21 December 2011 12:39

Guy - I make the working drawing downloads A4, which size works for most everyone's printer. I give either a measurement or scale on the drawing so they can be enlarged to fit exactly the size I carved if that's what you want. On the whole, though, I'd suggest you treat these drawings (and my tool list) just as guidelines, adapting the design to what wood and tools you have. The size of your block sounds great - go for it! (And don't forget to send Carrie a copy of your finished carving...) Joy and success to your carving.

| 21 December 2011 04:09

Chris, Just curious, is your drawing in the down load the same size as in your video? It seems larger in the video. I'm currently trying to get set up to do this project and have a piece of bass (12x8x4) and wonder if I should be making any adjustments?

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