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The SAK Whittling Club 27504

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #240 on: February 21, 2017, 04:12:48 PM »
Has anyone ever whittled a wand? (Like of Harry Potter)

My 5 year old has just decided she loves Harry Potter and I was thinking of giving one a try.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #241 on: February 21, 2017, 04:30:26 PM »
Has anyone ever whittled a wand? (Like of Harry Potter)

My 5 year old has just decided she loves Harry Potter and I was thinking of giving one a try.

The last time I tried, the wand accidentally spirited itself away, and my SAK with it.  :(
« Last Edit: February 21, 2017, 04:34:11 PM by Ronald Schröder »
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #242 on: February 23, 2017, 09:55:52 AM »
Then I guess you did it right  :tu:
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #243 on: February 23, 2017, 11:56:34 AM »
Has anyone ever whittled a wand? (Like of Harry Potter)

My 5 year old has just decided she loves Harry Potter and I was thinking of giving one a try.
Yes - my daughter whittled herself a Hermione Granger wand when she was little - it's beautiful and she still has it now at 19.

Just try and find one that is already nice and thin but strong and will fit her hand. Here's a pic of my daughters:
WP_20170223_022 by magpie2112, on Flickr

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #244 on: February 26, 2017, 09:17:17 PM »
I cobbled together a knife from parts and did the sharpened can opener and gouge mod on the can opener. Didn't get much of a curve on the gouge because there's just not enough thickness on the can opener.

My opinion is that it's not worth altering a good knife for. I did manage to carve a spoon bowl using mostly the gouge/cap lifter...didn't care for the sharpened can opener at all, although it did serve OK as a scraper to smooth out the bowl. Carving seasoned Poplar was pretty tedious...might be better using green wood.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #245 on: March 28, 2017, 12:45:17 PM »
A few days ago I whittled a spoon using my SAK Climber and an Opinel No.7, but just as I was detailing the handle it snapped in half in my hand  :rant:

Going to start again soon but trying to do it on the sly as a present for my girlfriend so finding time is difficult!

Also I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with whittling a wood whistle/recorder (as in an instrument with pitch/tone holes)?
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #246 on: April 24, 2017, 08:17:02 AM »
A few days ago I whittled a spoon using my SAK Climber and an Opinel No.7, but just as I was detailing the handle it snapped in half in my hand  :rant:

Going to start again soon but trying to do it on the sly as a present for my girlfriend so finding time is difficult!

Also I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with whittling a wood whistle/recorder (as in an instrument with pitch/tone holes)?

Armchair "expert" comment here(I have no carving experience or musical instrument making abilities), but something with pitch holes would be an ambitious undertaking to get anything to sound right. You also need a hollow tube all the way through. A fixed pitch whistle "should" be an easier undertaking
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #247 on: April 24, 2017, 10:13:05 AM »
A few days ago I whittled a spoon using my SAK Climber and an Opinel No.7, but just as I was detailing the handle it snapped in half in my hand  :rant:

Going to start again soon but trying to do it on the sly as a present for my girlfriend so finding time is difficult!

Also I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with whittling a wood whistle/recorder (as in an instrument with pitch/tone holes)?

Armchair "expert" comment here(I have no carving experience or musical instrument making abilities), but something with pitch holes would be an ambitious undertaking to get anything to sound right. You also need a hollow tube all the way through. A fixed pitch whistle "should" be an easier undertaking

Yes, I think the whistle might be a more sensible place to start :)

I made good progress with a spoon recently, until my mind wandered a little (after a couple of hours of work) and it snapped in half  :( oh well, at least it was good practice.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #248 on: April 24, 2017, 12:03:52 PM »
Hopefully the next one goes well and your girlfriend appreciates the thought and work that went into making it  :tu:
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #249 on: April 25, 2017, 02:20:11 AM »
I don't know if this counts as whittling per se, but it did include a lot of whittling and was done exclusively with my Vic farmer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/z0G7ok4FJjw
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #250 on: April 25, 2017, 11:17:43 AM »
I don't know if this counts as whittling per se, but it did include a lot of whittling and was done exclusively with my Vic farmer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/z0G7ok4FJjw
Fantastic! Love it.  :cheers:

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #251 on: April 25, 2017, 11:20:28 AM »
I don't know if this counts as whittling per se, but it did include a lot of whittling and was done exclusively with my Vic farmer: http://www.youtube.com/embed/z0G7ok4FJjw

Wonderful!

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #252 on: June 18, 2017, 08:05:03 PM »
Had a piece of scrap wood and a spare 10min

They'd probably put this one on the clearance rack.  :D

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #253 on: June 18, 2017, 09:26:24 PM »
Had a piece of scrap wood and a spare 10min

They'd probably put this one on the clearance rack.  :D

Me too!  This wand was carved from a magical component of an ancient shaggy juniper (i.e., dead tree limb) by a small in stature Master Craftsman (not me, I just provide the power).  The absolutely necessary smooth surface was handled by the SAK files (subdivision of the X-files).  The small nub on the side collects the Force from all over the universe and re-channels it to the wand.

Eat your heart out H & H (Hermione and Harry)...... :rofl:          :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #254 on: June 18, 2017, 10:40:14 PM »
Went ahead and made another one, I think they will be better rhythm sticks. :whistle:

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #255 on: June 19, 2017, 11:07:55 AM »

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #256 on: June 19, 2017, 04:30:27 PM »

Now that's what I call music!

Has anyone ever whittled a wand? (Like of Harry Potter)

My 5 year old has just decided she loves Harry Potter and I was thinking of giving one a try.
Yes - my daughter whittled herself a Hermione Granger wand when she was little - it's beautiful and she still has it now at 19.

Just try and find one that is already nice and thin but strong and will fit her hand. Here's a pic of my daughters:

Had a piece of scrap wood and a spare 10min

They'd probably put this one on the clearance rack.  :D

Me too!  This wand was carved from a magical component of an ancient shaggy juniper (i.e., dead tree limb) by a small in stature Master Craftsman (not me, I just provide the power).  The absolutely necessary smooth surface was handled by the SAK files (subdivision of the X-files).  The small nub on the side collects the Force from all over the universe and re-channels it to the wand.

Eat your heart out H & H (Hermione and Harry)...... :rofl:          :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

Both of y'all's look MUCH more legit.  :cheers: :salute:
« Last Edit: June 19, 2017, 04:32:58 PM by El Corkscrew »

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #257 on: June 19, 2017, 04:56:37 PM »
I have several books on whittling and carving, some 3D resin examples to copy from, plus some flexcut carving tools (palm tools). I never had the time to play around with it before, and now any attempts to use them would be foolish due to neck issues. I'll try to get them photographed and listed on the trade forums in the next couple of days. Maybe someone here can get more use from them  :cheers:

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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #258 on: June 20, 2017, 03:40:11 PM »
With Magentus' very generous gift of a Mora crook knife, I'm looking to start carving a decorative/lovespoon for my girlfriend. I want it to be a surprise so finding the time/location to do so has so far proved very difficult, but I think I have some time tonight so I'll hopefully be making a start.


A question:

Any tips for a first-time spoon carver? I've found a variety of tips online but wondered what the hive mind of MTO could suggest!

I'm using a basswood blank, seems to be the best I've found for easy carving. I'm just planning on using the crook knife, various SAKs and Opinel No. 7.
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #259 on: June 21, 2017, 03:32:14 AM »
With Magentus' very generous gift of a Mora crook knife, I'm looking to start carving a decorative/lovespoon for my girlfriend. I want it to be a surprise so finding the time/location to do so has so far proved very difficult, but I think I have some time tonight so I'll hopefully be making a start.


A question:

Any tips for a first-time spoon carver? I've found a variety of tips online but wondered what the hive mind of MTO could suggest!

I'm using a basswood blank, seems to be the best I've found for easy carving. I'm just planning on using the crook knife, various SAKs and Opinel No. 7.

Keep your blade sharp, your thumb out of harms way and have fun, show us the results  :tu:
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #260 on: June 21, 2017, 10:17:21 AM »
Keep your blade sharp, your thumb out of harms way and have fun, show us the results  :tu:

Solid advice! I'll make sure to show my progress here. I made a start last night - put together a design for the spoon, traced onto the wood and started to carve, but by that time it was quite late. Carrying on with it tonight!
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Re: The SAK Whittling Club
« Reply #261 on: June 21, 2017, 04:52:46 PM »
Few more questions:

anyone had any luck with staining basswood? I've read various reports online that vary wildly in terms of useful advice. I'm guessing it would be something like sand the project over completely until smooth, then seal, then stain. I'm guessing off-the-shelf DIY shop sealant and stain would work ok?

Thanks!

 

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