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Hello all,

Been lurking for awhile. Started and finished my first ever attempt at carving a wood spirit this weekend and thought I would put up a picture or two. I'm living in Charrlotte, NC and been collecting sticks for a long time. This forum inspired me to find my old carving tools which have been stored since 1979 and give it a whirl. Just got my burner and had to play with it too.

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Welcome, great start on the wood spirit. What kind of wood is it made from?
 

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Welcome, great start on the wood spirit. What kind of wood is it made from?
Thanks for the welcome guys. It's a spalted poplar stick cut by a beaver and found in a creek. The teeth marks form the crooked cut at the top. This is my first real carving and burning attempt.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Nice first try at the wood spirit. Hope you will show us more. There is a great selection of woods in your part of the world.
 

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Welcome and beautiful spirit.
 

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spalted wood offers something different and I always on the look out for some , you have to be careful with it can be delicate .If I make a market stick from it I insert a dowel in it to strengthen it or splice it and sandwich another wood inside it like American walnut which provides a nice contrast as well as strengthening it
 

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Yes, some spalting can be pretty decayed. This one was just starting to turn and is pretty solid.
 

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Hi,

Before starting on stick making, my carving tools had seen very little use since the 70's. Careful, you may find yourself buying more tools. And cans of stains, and varnishes. And sand paper, lots of sandpaper. And goggles, masks, shop aprons...
 

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Hi,

Before starting on stick making, my carving tools had seen very little use since the 70's. Careful, you may find yourself buying more tools. And cans of stains, and varnishes. And sand paper, lots of sandpaper. And goggles, masks, shop aprons...
Yes, I have the affliction - have always had it, and it has taken many forms over the years. I am happy that this one has finally come full circle. It would be interesting to compare today's prices for the tools I bought in 1979, I don't have the receipts any more, but I think I saw that old Woodcraft catalog somewhere.
 
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