Beginner in Carving 1.4

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Well, I’ve found out that I am consistently inconsistent! Ha!

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) May 22, 2020 at 9:16 am

🙂 ????????

In high school, many, many eons ago, my English teacher was amazed that I could misspell the same word, differently, twice in the same sentence. lol

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) October 4, 2021 at 9:13 am


After a few tries, my leaves started to look much better and cleaner. I had to sharpen my knife though, which made a big difference. My #12 Swiss looks a lot longer that yours. Did you reshape yours? Also, my tip already broke off. I might have to learn how to reshape it.

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) December 17, 2020 at 6:51 am

I have two #12 knives. One shorter and one longer. The shorter one is my favorite. Shorter one because I broke off my tip as well. 🙂 you are not alone!

Hi, are there differences in hardness with lime wood? The board I have was sold to me as lime and looks like lime, but it is as hard to cut into as maybe ash or maple.
Sorry to ask here but I cannot find any information.

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) April 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm

Limewood/Basswood should not be hard. I had an experience a few years ago. I went to the hardwood lumber yard and bought basswood for a project. When I brought it home I found out it was not basswood in all. It was “imported” “asian-some-who-knows-what-wood” 🙂

Thanks for replying, I think I have some “who-knows-what-wood” 🤣

Can you really make “hard/dry” basswood easier to carve by spraying it with water/alcohol, or soaking it? Is that a problem?

Alexander Grabovetskiy (Administrator) October 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

Some carvers do. Even my teacher/master did sometimes. Personally, I don’t. Very sharp tools are solving that “problem” with ease.

I’m curious if J Taylor purchased his “basswood” from Amazon, as I tried them and the wood was sourced from China – which would account for the difference in hardness, as it could be a variant of

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