Being a new carver can be exciting and frustrating at the same time….maybe we call it Exci-trating. You bought the tools, have some wood, a new book, and are ready to go. You start making some cuts and things just don't seem to be looking like the book. Most authors will have an introductory section before getting to the carving that provides a lot of great information. I'll be the first to admit that I usually skip the Preface or Introduction to a book but I learned the hard way with carving and I now read that part every time. Quite often, the author has added specific tips related to the type of carving explained in the book but also provides basic reminders for carving such as knife sharpening, paying attention to the grain of the wood, painting tips, etc. Take your time, invest in the learning and the basics, and your carving experience will really take off!

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