The woodcarving mobile app
One of the things I like best about woodcarving is the portable nature of it. The tools all fit into a compact roll and all you need is a flat surface and a few clamps to hold your workpiece. Woodcarving in itself is a very relaxing and zen like activity so being able to take it with you to relaxing places is yet another bonus. I have packed up my carving chisels and taken them along on vacation on several occasions in fact.
So with a few hours to kill this weekend at my wife’s school while she taught voice lessons, I took along a piece of Basswood and 6 chisels. This and some clamps fit nicely in my Underhill-esque tool tote. I even was able to pick an art room to work in which seemed rather fitting. Set the clamps and lay out my chisels and I was ready to go to work. I could have taken a book or played Simpsons Tapped Out on my iPhone (dang that game is addictive) but instead I got in some great carving time and produced something I decidedly proud of.
This project used only 5 chisels and took about 2 hours to complete.
The biggest hurdle with woodcarving is just getting started. Once you take the plunge you will find that it isn’t nearly as hard as your brain is making it. A surprisingly small number of chisels is all that is needed and you will open a whole new world of possibilities for your furniture projects. You also find yourself noticing really small details in the world around you. I warn you this makes you incredibly annoying to spouses who are trying to get your attention during dinner while you stare at the flowers in the centerpiece.