Students showing off their work.
The class is sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Rec and teaches
beginning students the basics of carving. The first carving done by
the students is a letter opener. It demonstrates the basics of
slice and stop cuts.
From there, the students carve a doughnut from a shake shingle.
This is a real challenge and shows the students the characteristics of
the grain of the wood and how to carve with the grain.
Next the students select one of the blanks furnished by the
club so they can try some carving in the round. The blanks vary from
hound dogs, to owls, to fish, to many other animals, cowboy boots, and
other things. They are small, simple, yet challenging projects.
Bob Deibert, in the yellow shirt, gives Paul Fish some
instruction on carving what else, a fish.
To finish out the class, the students select a pattern from
a pattern book. Blanks are cut from the patterns and brought back
and given to the students
so they can try the skills they've learned in the class. The
class is always very successful and lots of fun! Some student like
it so much they even join the club so they can learn more and more about