Wood Carving discussions on techniques, projects, basic, general and advanced skill levels
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Christmas Day 2011
Merry Christmas to all. I hope that we all have a memorable day, where ever we are, with ourselves, friends, and/or family. It's kinda of a lazy day where I am, with part of family. I am taking this time to just sit and whittle a bit. I am not whittling anything in particular, except practicing. I am starting with a stick and an instruction sheet that Jim O'Harra sent me. The instruction sheet focuses on how Jim carves eyes. To me, Jim carves the best most realistic eyes that I can think of. This time that I am taking to practice is necessary for several reasons. First, carving realistic eyes on a small carving is quite different from the larger ones. Second, I must be a slow learner. I have found the only way for me to "Learn" a new technique is to do it over and over again. For this exercise I'll fill all four sides of several 3/4" x 3/4" sticks with eyes. The more repetitions I do the better. The only danger is in practicing an incorrect technique or step to the point where it is learned.
Hopefully the last eyes I do will be better than these first ones.