All the way from Ellswsorth, Minnesota, Ron White joined our club in 2013 and frequently shows up at our Third Saturday Meetings at the Center for Active Generations. As those of us present at yesterday's meeting were busy carving faces into old wooden spools saved in times gone by frugal seamstresses, who did not believe in throwing good spools away after the thread was gone, Ron came in with a couple of marvelous bird houses he made to look like old churches. Ron is an expert carver of loons and large-scale wild life sculptures, but building birdhouses from pieces of scrap wood gives him undeniable pleasure.
John Otten, 90 years old and member of S D Woodcarvers, Inc. since 1998, regularly attends weekly wood carving class and Third Saturday meetings at the Center for Active Generations. Like other members of the club, he is still working on the sunflower relief carving project that our youngest member and President, Derek Boekoff, presented at the Third Saturday meeting in May.
Basswood cut outs with instructions for this project are still available
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Master Woodworker, Paul Nordlie, was successful in creating a router cut profile along the front edge of two black walnut brackets which will support the key board on the beautiful console he is building for the new pipe organ. My job was to carve 90 degree notches at approximately 30 millimeter intervals to make a series of perfectly square pyramid shapes along the entire front edge.
An ordinary 1 inch wide Stanley wood chisel worked well cutting at a 45 degree angle into the black walnut grain running length wise.
Then I came to the curved area where cuts had to made in the end grain. I thought I was being a little crazy, if not extravagant, to let Jeremy Frislie talk me into buying a 95 dollar 28 mm, 75 degree V tool in addition to the smaller 60 degree I had ordered, but, honestly, I don't know how I would have carved those end grain pyramids with out it!
My job now, is to carve the fancy ornamentation on the outside faces of each bracket. (Not to mention eight more pipe shades...)
"Extra Sharp" Stanley Wood Chisel, part of a set given to me by my neighbor. (Said he had no use for them...)
Stubai 28mm, 75 degree, V Parting Tool, made in Austria, purchased from Frislie Toolworks