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About stuckinthemud

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  • Birthday 21/03/1968

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    South Wales
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    woodcarver, bowyer
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    carving instructor, teacher and dyslexia support tutor
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  1. Interesting Timbers (near Wells) was always one of my favourite suppliers
  2. Think I'll leave it well alone in that case, I'm out of storage space until I get my act together.
  3. Yeh, they're already starting to split. Been a lot of wasted effort I think. Ah well, you live, you learn. May well end up as many, many, small carvings instead of a dozen medium sized ones. What's poplar like for chainsaw work?
  4. What would you say was the smallest diameter timber you would carve with a dime tip?
  5. I think if I were to carve bowls and such I'd split it along the neutral plane rather than turn as rounds, but my main interest in this stuff is to use some for disc animals / snowmen, some for reindeer (wife will be asking me to make Christmas presents before long) and then to carve hawks/owls/dragons/garden ornaments- to try and develop my chain saw carving skills
  6. Ok, wasn't expecting reaction wood to have such thick sapwood but how might that impact on it as a carving timber? I guess its more dense, maybe more prone to splitting? More likely to rot? Better in one way as there's less grain to interfere with carved details I suppose.
  7. Not at all sure. Very very old tree, its a boundary marker, girth is maybe 8 feet across at the base, can't estimate the height but the lowest limb was about 12 feet up, height is maybe 60 to 80 feet, spread is about the same. Acorns on stalks, Maybe q. Robur, Common oak??
  8. Ok, so having hauled out all the small and medium timber from a very large oak branch it struck me much of the wood is single coloured, so all sapwood? Its very dense but pretty pale in colour. The smallest stock is 3 inch diameter, largest pieces are 8 to 10 inches across and do have 2 or 3 inches of heartwood. What are the implications for storage and for carving? Hopefully I will be able to harvest the largest timber soon but its a good way wider than the bar on my saw
  9. When someone asks me to carve something I never have a problem working through the commission- motivation/inspiration/completion to deadline, never an issue. I really struggle to get anything done without that impetus, I've just salvaged a huge oak bough, maybe 100ft of round-wood timber of all shapes and sizes from 2ft diameter to 2 inches can't think of a single blessed thing I want to carve. How do you get motivated/inspired?
  10. Thanks guys I had no idea a tree could have 2 such different looking leaves, genuinely thought it had taken out a different tree when it fell- along with the sycamore, holly, hazel and rhodo it also crushed on the way down. Will wander down and slab out some harp soundboxes in the next few weeks. Thanks all.
  11. Forgot to mention, couldn't measure height of tree but I reckon its over 20m, bark shown is about half way up. Also I found some leaves that I thought were collateral damage from a different tree but reading up on poplar may not be


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