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Monday, December 17, 2012

beginners question how to clean up a carving

hi folks i was asked how do you clean up the fuzzies or how do you prevent them  is a better question,, cleaning them up can be tough,, some say a tooth brush,, but i find just going back over it with a sharp knife can clean up about anything, here is how i answered him today .................
 a few things about fuzzies,, 1 -- a sharp knif the most important thing *******       2--- good wood    3--- knowing your grain direction on the wood your carving,,   one big part of the fuzzies is just learning to make clean cuts , turning the wood when you feel it is going against the grain, and good wood,,  most beginners have this problem , an other is over cutting,, when you make a stop cut and making sure that the point of the knife is not digging past the stop cut,,   all of this you will learn in time,  and practice   also use the water and rubbing alcohol mix 50/50 and spray it lightly and it will cut better,, but dont over do the stray,, cause once it dries it can crack on you if you over wet it,,  also same thing when carving  eyes  a sharp knife is a must , otherwise it will not work well, learning and keeping a knife sharp  is the most important part to  learn about carving along with safety of a glove and a thumb guard,, keep carving ,  

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