Monday, July 30, 2018

Carving Arm



I often get questions about my carving arm and where to get one. I do not remember the source of mine, but I have found that The Woodcraft Shop has a laminated oak carving arm for sale.

If you are interested in making your own, Woodcarving Illustrated has a Building a Carving Arm article on their site. The article includes detailed plans.

A secure way to hold your work as you carve is key to personal safety. Are you using a carving arm or something similar?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kyle Alty Urban Lumberjack


Here is the problem - a lot of trees are cut down in cities to make way for residential and commercial construction. I'm not going into the pros and cons of the new and remodel development market. However, the fact is that a number of well established trees are cut down to make way for it.

This is where someone like Kyle Alty comes in. Kyle describes himself as an "Urban Lumberjack." Unlike a traditional lumberjack that may cultivate trees to cut down, Kyle finds those trees that are either already down or coming down to make way for construction. He is saving some beautiful wood for the creation of fine furniture and works of art.

If you are looking for some beautiful wood with local heritage, I hope you will connect with an urban lumberjack like Kyle. You can visit his website at www.chasinthegrain.com.  If you know other urban lumberjacks, please let us know.

Below are some sample of the wood Kyle has recovered. They are labeled with a hash tag that starts with the name of the street the wood came from followed by the species of the wood.

#MissouriBlackWalnut

Live edge serving boards from #ManettElm

Splated #MoserHavkberry

#MoserPecan 

#BelmontSycamore with ray fleck Medulary Rays

#McMillianCedar

#MoserOsageOrange 

#AvodaleRedOak