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Discussion in 'Wood Carving & Turning' started by buzz sawyer, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. buzz sawyer

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    I found this pattern about 20 years ago and made about 20 of these for folks at work. I decided to get out my tools and do a few more this year. Between cutting out the Basswood blanks, carving, and painting, I probably have about 2 hours in each one but I take breaks so it's more like a day each. I paint in batches of 4+. I have about 8 more to do.
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    Awesome work Buzz.

    I've been whittlin' some in between paying the bills and I get a kick out of it.

    It takes me right around an hour to do the carving on my small snowmen and they don't have the detail your guys do. I paint in batches as well.

    My hats off to the talented fellers that hand carve for a living.
     
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    Thanks! Pretty hard to make a living at carving. I belong to a local guild and we figured once that you might make $5 an hour or so unless you're doing museum quality work. For me, it's just a way to stay out of trouble. I like to put on some classical music and carve away. Not uncommon to look up and see 1AM on the clock.
     
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    @buzz sawyer Exactly, what I've found.

    I've tried to really crank some work out in the last few weeks and the numbers don't add up haha. It's one hell of a hobby though. A sharp knife and a hand made strop and you're rolling. When I'm by myself I've been adding some blues, bluegrass, and old country tunes and making the time roll by. I don't have many hobbies that my daughter can sit next to me and jabber my ear off, so it's kind of priceless for that too.
     
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