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Power Carving Photos by Caroline Sarzynick When I began sculpting, I had a lot of enthusiasm, a tool kit of rusty carpenter's chisels bought from a flea market and a rock as a budget mallet.I collected small logs or bought wood and proceeded to make piles of wood chips in my backyard, but never completed a carving.
Within a few years, my kit included several Pfeil Swiss-made gouges, a couple of knives, a homemade adze (that didn't work), two Haida-style curved blade knives (my desert island tool) and a real wooden mallet instead of a stone.
With this expanded kit, I started chipping away at some cherry wood a farmer friend had given me as well as my parents firewood pile.Lots of chips and many small logs were started but in the end I only completed a decorative spoon in cherry and a small abstract carving in walnut.
My love of hardwoods meant that carving with hand tools was a very slow process, days of malleting a large gouge into dry cherry and no satisfying forms taking shape.I had partially-carved logs all over the place, all incomplete.
I knew I had a passion for carving and didn't want to...