In August of 2007, I began to be interested in whittling. I picked up a couple of scrap pine blocks from the local Home Depot and began carving away at them with my pocket knife. A bit of reading online introduced me to basswood, a light, strong, softer hardwood that is popular among woodcarvers, so I hunted around a bit and discovered that the local Michael’s carried some.
“Mere” whittling has since given way to more general woodcarving, and I’ve obtained a very basic set of gouges and chisels, as well as a detail carving knife (which I use instead of my pocket knife, these days). Woodcarving is definitely a journey, for me. Here is where I’ll be posting some of the milestones along the way.
 Three-link chain, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil, August 2007
 Spoons joined by chain, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil, August 2007
 Elephant, relief carving, basswood (experiment, the trunk broke off!), August 2007
 Santa, basswood with acrylic paint, September 2007
 Celtic knot, relief carving, basswood, September 2007
 Face, basswood with acrylic paint, September 2007
[7a] Love spoon, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil and paste wax, September 2007
[7b] Another shot of the love spoon
 Two balls in a cage, basswood, September 2007
 Lighthouse, basswood w/ acrylic and gloss, September 2007
 Miniature spoon, 4”, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil and paste wax, September 2007
 Captured ball in cage, basswood, September 2007
[12a] Love spoon, basswood? (perhaps butternut?) w/ boiled linseed oil and paste wax, 10.5 inches, October 2007
[12b] Another shot of the previous love spoon, carved for my brother who was on an LDS mission in British Columbia
 Miniature spoon, 4”, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil, original design, October 2007.
 The mirror of the previous spoon, this time without a leaf broken off! 4”, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil, October 2007. Carved for a friend from work (Sarah Hatter).
[15a] “Pigasus” love spoon, basswood w/ boiled linseed oil and pastewax. 11.5 inches, November 2007.
[15b] Another shot of the pigasus spoon, which was carved for my mother for her birthday. Inspired by Steinbeck’s “pigasus” monograph.