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Offline wissahickon

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A rookie's first try stick
« on: June 19, 2016, 11:22:48 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm pretty new here and very new to wood carving.  I've spent a lot of time outdoors backcountry camping but have only recently started working on my fundamental skills.  I guess I must have gotten lucky over the years and have never really needed to get my butt out of any serious trouble.  Carving is one of the things that I'm most interested in at the moment and having taken some good advice from forum members I started reading everything Mors Kochanski had to offer and decided to have a go at a try stick.  I realize it's pretty lackluster compared to a lot of the stuff that gets posted here but I figured if I didn't start posting I'd never get around to it. 

Anyway, it's lots of fun and I'm grateful for all of the good advice on the forum.  So here it is, warts and all...



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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 11:54:19 PM »
Looks good for a first "try". :thumbsup:

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2016, 05:02:01 AM »
Nice job, better than mine.
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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 05:15:29 AM »
Nice work, beautiful knife!
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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 06:11:30 AM »
Looks good for a first "try". :thumbsup:

Haha... I actually had to go back and edit out the word "try" from about five other places in my first post.  Try sticks are awkwardly named. 

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2016, 06:15:15 AM »
Nice job, better than mine.

Thank you.  To be honest, it took me longer than it's supposed to. 

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2016, 06:16:33 AM »
Nice work, beautiful knife!

Thank you!  It's my new favorite. 

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2016, 06:46:25 AM »
Looks great. Fine knife. Well done indeed

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2016, 07:08:22 AM »
Nice one. My first try stick looked horrible compared to this :-)
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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2016, 07:25:14 AM »
Dabberty, vallehombre... thanks to both of you.  Looking forward to lots more carving (and knives, of course). 

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2016, 07:27:05 AM »
Nice stick, way better than most first try efforts.

Knife ain't bad either. 

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2016, 08:15:04 AM »
Looks great!

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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2016, 09:58:55 AM »
well... i've never carved a complete try stick, but i have carved "a thing or two".  I gotta say, I think your try stick looks pretty dang good.  As does that knife, sheath, and what looks like a cup of coffee...


good on you for doing it. no doubt that carving something like that is a really good way to use and get to know your knife...


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Re: A rookie's first try stick
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2016, 10:54:17 AM »
Thanks, everyone.  U.W., I'm very happy with the knife.  The coffee was just ok  :) 

I actually designed and made the knife so I'm pretty familiar with it already but familiarizing myself with different cuts and grips is taking me a bit more time.  Hoping to get some time this weekend to make a netting needle, though actually making a net will probably be a much more frustrating endeavor for me.