Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions. Very interesting, I feel as if I should really make the effort and have a go.
Sorry for asking you again to answer the questions when you already had. I'm still getting used to this site and for some reason I expected your answer to appear on my page, not here and I also thought I would receive an automated notification by email. But I got there in the end Thanks again
Good questions. Started out as a woman thing, I wanted it, and didn't want to pay for it, as I thought I could do it myself.
Yes I work from home, I have a work shop.
Many different woods, too many to name right now.
I use to have a place in Pennsylvania that I got my wood, but they have since closed. I have a lot of wood here. I try very hard to only get wood that people replant the trees or the trees came down from storms.
Much of the wood I get is dried already, but if not sometimes I wax the ends, and leave it for a year or longer.
Never stain the woods, as I like the natural color of the wood, and think people should know what the real color is. I wax the wood to a high polish though and really looks nice. However, if I am doing a realistic carving I burn them, may be paint them after that with an air brush The paint would be thin like tea, and many many coats of paint so the burning would still show through.
Favorite tools? Oh my yes! However I love sanding by hand, and carving with knives by hand, I think the workmanship is so much better.
I only do orders. I have sold all over USA, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Japan, Australia, to name a few.
Hope this helps answer some of your questions.
Some questions about your carvings.
Was this a hobby that became your profession?
Do you work from home?
Do you use different types of wood?
Do you have a store of wood to draw upon or buy it as you need it?
Does the wood have to dry, cure, age, whatever the proper term is, before you can use it?
Do you paint/stain the carvings yourself as well as carve them?
Do you have favorite tools?
Is the work commissioned, if not how do you sell the pieces?
Err...I guess that will do ...for now... :-))
You don't have to answer all of these questions Sallee but as a carpenter I've always entertained the notion of having a go but I'm not really artistic, can't draw or sketch at all. And I assume that a reasonable degree of artistic skill is essential?
Nice to see you in chat today, talk to you soon.
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