Welcome to Ozark Walking Sticks, a beginner wood carving website focused on helping other beginning wood carvers to get started without having to start from scratch. The purpose of this website and the attached Beginner Wood Carving Blog, is to document my progressions in wood carving and share beginner wood carving information in the form of tips and hints along the way.
My name is Adam and I go by the screen name of ten99j4. A little bit more about me can be found at About ten99j4.
Several years ago, I began to gain an interest in wood carving and was fascinated by carvings of old men (also known as “hillbillies” or “Wood Spirits”). I tried to justify buying some tools and just didn’t follow through. I did buy some assorted basswood from a hobby store and started out in an attempt to carve a caricature with my pocket knife. I had downloaded some plans off the internet that included a drawing of the figure on a flat plane and I quickly became frustrated with my inability to carve according to the directions. I placed the started figure to the side and it eventually ended up on a shelf in my closet.
I had been to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, on several occasions and was intrigued by the wood carvings that they had in the wood carving workshop. I was still hesitant to buy any special tools, because I was unsure if it was a passing interest. A few months ago, I again saw a picture of a carving of an old man with a beard and again I was bitten by the desire to start carving. I went to a local bookstore and bought the latest copy of “Wood Carving Illustrated” magazine.
After doing some simple projects from the magazine, I looked at their online forum about carving. The forum is a great place to ask questions and read responses to previous questions. There is so much information, that I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
After completing a few simple projects, I really began to feel good about what I had learned so far. Another interest of mine is designing websites. So I decided to combine both hobbies and create this website to help others learn how to do wood carving.
Wood carving can be such a relaxing hobby and you may find yourself still using it to relax 20 years from now. Wood carving becomes addictive also. Many people that I have heard from, say the same thing, “I just can’t get enough of this.”
Our 20 most recent Beginner Wood Carving Blog posts:
- Garden Markers
- Monogram Anchor
- Ozark Walking Sticks Version of Whittle Doodle
- Tips for New Wood Carvers
- What is a Wood Carving V-tool used for?
- Don Dearolf Caricature Santa Pattern
- Woodspirit Pencil
- Portable Wood Chip Catcher
- Make Eyebrows On Small Wood Carvings
- Protect Against A Dropped Wood Carving Tool
- How-To Sharpen Wood Carving Knife with Sandpaper
- Which Wood Carving Stropping Compound is Best?
- Ingenious Wood Carving Thumb Guard - Kadiddle
- Creating Outline Drawings Wood Carving Patterns
- Wood Burning Christmas Gifts
- What Wood Carving Knife Should I Choose?
- Strategy Retrievers - Hunting Dogs
- 2013 WCI Christmas Ornament Exchange
- 2013 Christmas Ornaments - Ozark Walking Sticks
- Miniature Caricature Carvings
The Ozark Walking Sticks Sitemap is a great place to find links to all of the website and blogs content in one organized place.