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Pavel H

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Hello The Carving Path community!I come from Hradec Králové (Czech republic - Europe).Carving is my hobby. 
I work in a laboratory that investigates water quality in rivers.I have some experience with wood carving. 
So far I carved mostly from linden: puppets, heads ... I always liked to carve small objects - such as hair clips. 
I have now purchased Buxus from Turkey and would like to try small-scale work on this material. 
I hope that in this forum I find useful information for my further work.In the attached files are examples of some of my work.




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Hello Janel
Thank you for a nice welcome. I chose a netsuke that I would like to make from boxwood (pict. 1). 
After a while it was obvious where, is the main difference. 
The hardness of the material determines the method of work. 
I work exclusively by hand. While making a small skull in a linden tree is a matter of a few hours (pict. 2), 
the rough processing of the boxwood (pict. 3) is much more physically demanding 🙂 But I expect that it will be much better to carve details. 
I will have to regrind my chisels or buy other tools for this material. 



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  • 4 weeks later...

Hello Pavel,

I've been busy and have not had time for commenting here for some time.  Sorry.  Yes, buxus is very much harder.  Tools just need to be sharpened well and more often.  The tools and wood will let you know when.  More patience as well, and keep your flesh out of range of the edge ... tools can skid quickly when the edge does not catch the wood, especially on round things.

Each wood has its own qualities to offer to the carver.  Figuring that out is part of the life long process of learning.


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