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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

calvins fangs LOL

wood carving mistakes and what to do ??

Sunday, January 29, 2012

mystery carving #5

hi folks this video will tell you what the project is,, it was fun there are 9 videos all together i will get the rest loaded tomorrow,, thanks again for watching,, and the comments,, arleen

mystery carving #4

howdy folks !!!! i see folks are still guessing on the mystery carving project

hi folks,, this has been fun for me, to be able to do something a little different,, and soon you will know what it is,, i painted it last night and have one more video to make,, there are many projects you can make out of the cone shape blank ,, and i plan to do more project out of this blank,, but thanks so far to those that are guessing what it is,,,,, if you like to see what folks think it is ,, go and ck out the comments on the videos of this project , i am only posting those that are wrong,, and no one has given me a right answer yet,,, thanks also for not posting your guess on facebook,, and only on my youtube channel,, well its time to go and load another video up on this project ,, i hope your having as much fun as i am,, keep carving and watching, take care everyone , arleen

mystery carving #3

Monday, January 23, 2012

winter mitten #5 ( end)

there is a total of five videos for this project , enjoy, arleen

Friday, January 20, 2012

snow snow the snow is coming, lol

hi folks, i know its been a while,, sorry life gets busy at times,, and trying to get a few things done,, but we are in for some snow,, lol 1-3 inches wow,,, really folks, the way they report it on the news, you think we wouldnt get out for days,, its always like this,, and by the time the end of winter,, lol its not a big deal to get 1-3 inches,, so tomorrow i plan to get in a very simple project for beginners,, and try to get a few things done here at the farm,, lots to clean up,, just things that needed to be done for a long time, so i will see what the weather is when i get up,, the weather people reporting stuff this year , well they have missed the mark more then once this passed year,, well keep carving, and i be either carving or plowing tomorrow,, think it will be carving,, :) arleen

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

road blocks, ....... can be frustrating

hi folks, i dont often say that i am frustrated,, i am human and i do from time to time,,,, as i began to look for a place to teach,, i found road blocks,, and what are road blocks, well they get in the way of what we want to do... so back to the drawing board again,, went to look at another way of doing things,, and again another road block,, i beginning to wonder if i just should give up,, that is the way i feel, but that isnt what i am going to do,, then there has to be something better,, is how i need to look at it,,, same applies for carving,, if you come up to road blocks well maybe you need to do it different,,,,, i have to admit dont like road blocks , life of course can not be that simple , but i also have come to realize that maybe the road block was there not only to teach us to be patience, but i am learning not to see them as failures but maybe something better that i missed, that i need to find. so i continue to search , and one day this too shall come to pass,, and lo and behold this will become another lesson in life , keep carving,, i will be too, :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

how to convert inches to metric system for the woodcarver

this is the first of three videos made to explain about basswood, the second is about how to calculate board foot, and the third is about how to calculate the metric system from standard system we use in the usa in my youtube videos

how to calculate price for basswood for the woodcarver

this is the first of three videos made to explain about basswood, the second is about how to calculate board foot, and the third is about how to calculate the metric system from standard system we use in the usa in my youtube videos

woodcarving , what type of wood?

this is the first of three videos made to explain about basswood, the second is about how to calculate board foot, and the third is about how to calculate the metric system from standard system we use in the usa in my youtube videos

Monday, January 2, 2012

air vs kiln dried basswood and how to calculate price per board foot

quick answer which ever is easier to cut LOL , both are good, i have both here at the farm,, also i found both to be hard at times, and soft to cut , so for me its a toss up,, all my projects on youtube are from both,, air, and kiln , so some folks will tell you one or the other is better,, you will not know until you try.. so my suggestion is try both,, and buy whatever works best for you ,, right now i like the air. and the most ask question is where do i get it ,,well right now , i got plenty of the air dried, to last me a long time,, cause i bought it local, if you can buy it local from a carving supply store will be the best, even better would be go to a carving show,, your sure to have a selection of sizes and your able to see it,, the more white the better they say, i use to think that was true, that isnt always the case,, so if your like many carvers,, you will get good and bad wood,, its just the way it goes,, but if you find a source that doesnt over charge you per board foot, and the shipping is right then go for it,, i believe basswood should not be over 5.00 per board foot or a lot less ,, i got my last batch for a bit over a 1.00 i bought it in bulk,, which i understand many can not do that due either by cost or just where the heck do you store all of it? ,, i just happen to find this deal which really doesnt happen to often,, but i felt if i was going to do more teaching well it was foolish not to go ahead and get it,, it was worth the investment,, and if i dont use it for teaching,, well i got enough for a long long time,, lol,,, so shop around ,, always ask for a TOTAL price on your order,, and ask what is the per board foot, your total price should have the shipping included.

some things to remember >>>>>>.

1.... go to a local carving shop,, i got many good deals at my local wood carving shop

2... go to a wood carving show,, your able to compare prices if there are a few vendors

3... internet,, google,, woodcarving supplies,, and a bunch of stuff should come up

4 ... do not buy from a hobby/ chain store,, i found the wood to hard, and very expensive

5... lumber mills might have some , if you happen to live in the country

6... make sure the price per board foot is not over 5.00 dont forget if your order it to be shipped get the cost of shipping,, wood is heavy to ship,,

7... either air or kiln is good

8.. to calculate price per board foot,, if you have a 2 inches x 4 inches x 20 inches long = 160 then you / by 144 = 1.11 board foot ((THE NUMBER TO REMEMBER IS 144,..... 144 IS ALWAYS USED TO CALULATE ))

so if you paid 5.00 for it ,,,, 5.00 / by 1.11 = 4.50 is the price per board foot ,,

i hope this helps ,, keep carving,, arleen

Sunday, January 1, 2012

spent some time at french creek new years day

hi folks,, it was just a wonderful warn jan 1 for new years day,, wow,, so i spent some time with some friends, and did a little carving at the park,, it made for a prefect morning to start the new year,, soon i will have some new projects again,, i will keep you posted,, take care, and keep carving, arleen