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Carving Yellow Cedar

 

24 March 2018

Some months ago Max Whale at Van Urban Timber introduced me to wood carving with the use of gouges. He showed me some bowls and spoons he had carved using these gouges and he genuinely inspired me to learn how to create such functional art so calmly. Recently i acquired two of my own wood gouges thanks to my very thoughtful girlfriend Fiona! They are some used and slightly abused wood gouges from a woman on craigslist whom acquired them from her uncle. After a good deal of sharpening the crescent-shaped blades on a wet-stone, it was time to get to work on the yellow-cedar bowl which i had begun roughing up with Max and his gouges a few weeks prior. Below are some photos of the bowl I made, sanded with 220 grit and coated with a hand mixed sealant consisting of 1:5 ratio beeswax to mineral oil.  Next time i make a bowl I will try the ancient technique of employing hot coals to dig out the concave part of the bowl. 

 view of bottom of bowl.

view of bottom of bowl.

 side view of turtle carving.

side view of turtle carving.

 top view.

top view.

 

One thing I've learned while attending Quest University that has influenced my ways is the Squamish First Nation practice of giving away everything which you have made for the first time. This was the first bowl I've made from wood and it felt amazing to give it to my brother Miles as a belated 24th birthday. 

Thanks for the wood and the sharing your passion for carving Max, thanks to my dad Bill for shopping for beeswax for me, and thanks for the gouges Fiona!

Thanks for dropping by.