Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
I agree with buying only a couple of cutters first, than add more later.
what you may find most helpful is the plastic templates available
that will give you consistent results in design and layout.
this artform is on my bucket list.
(google is your friend).
oh - start gathering hardwoods to practice on. shape them to where
they are cut and rounded like gun stocks and game call bodies.
DO NOT practice on pine and other soft woods. start with the wood that
you will be using the most. Maple, Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, IPE, etc.
practice practice practice and practice some more.
this is one of those things that when you make a mistake, there are not
too many options for you to back out of it.
when you get pretty good at it, you can buy old gun stocks and blanks
off the internet.
not just the carving: the filling, priming and finishing of the cut wood
is probably the most important of all. some projects will not allow you
to strip and refinish the whole gun stock. so you must fill and finish the
cut parts to match the existing wood.
so if you don't have any finishing experience, this could be a huge stumbling
block that must be dealt with.
MANY good videos on the internet on how to get started.
best of luck !!
please come back and post some projects as you go along.
even your first attempts and how they turned out.
I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things.
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 05-08-2019 at 09:01 AM.