Carving News



Bill McGinnis


We have many people exploring carving. Every couple of weeks a new one is trying. Quite a few are becoming regulars and are showing talents they did not know they had.

Learning to carve takes time of how to change a chunk of basswood into something that resembles an object others recognize. After a while frustration turns into fun. You can make items for grandchildren, spouse, friends or yourself. Like any other woodworking a finished project Is not as easy as running a board through a saw and pounding a nail.

To begin you learn how to use a knife safely and how to keep it sharp. Then visualize the object, cut off big chunks and then little pieces. The fine tuning is when you feel good about your project. It’s takes time to tackle big objects but in the end you have a hobby that can be used the rest of your life. A number of our carvers are still carving in their 80’s and 90’s. The new carvers has picked up in the last four months. Brownwood is where the new carvers are showing up. We need more carvers at Rolling Acres.

Al Ness, Rick Gentry, and Barry McClellend have agreed to teach beginning carving.

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