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Watching you carve is like watching Phil Mickelson
golf. He(you) are professionals and have been doing
it for so long that you make it look so easy and
effortless. And then we go give it a try and experience
immediate humility and frustration. Two questions:
What is the source of your basswood? I have read
that Northern basswood is prefered. When you work
it appears that you are cutting butter. Are your
knives that much sharper and better than ours or
do you have a way to determine what is the best
basswood to work with? Secondly, what is your prefered
method of sharpening your tools? I have been working
at sharpening my tools for the past 3 -4 years and
wonder if I am missing something. I feel like I
am able to get a good edge on my tools, but they
don't cut through the wood like yours do.
One comment about the carvinoline website. Noone
addresses the sharpening of tools. I think it would
be of benefit to all of us beginners and intermediate
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read
my e-mail and hopefully respond to my questions.
Again, much thanks for what you and the other carvers
at carvinonline offer us.
Ever since I saw your "Little Hombre"
project in WCI, I've wanted to make it. I tried
a couple of attempts (unsuccessful) until I subscribed
to carvinonline. Your video presentation is so clear
and easy to follow along, I finally completed my
first one! Just wanted to say thank you and I really
like your designs and carving style. Happy New Year!
Thanks for the response, as you can see below. I
just renewed for another year. I really enjoy
your site especially since I cannot travel to take
classes this provides me with the next best thing
to being there and I can go back and watch a lesson
again if I need to.
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Magnolia, TX 77355
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