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    Default Not many young carvers.

    I do not know about your area. But it is hard to find young carvers. In my area it is rear to meet a carver under 40 there are a few. I am trying to encourage my grandson to learn. But I think I am loosing the battle to the computer games. After he made the observation that,”Wow Granddad you were board in the first half of the last century”. He noted carvings what you older people do instead of computers games. I guess he is right. Sad though. I ask him what he would do with his time if the power goes out. He said he guessed he have to get a solar panel.
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    Know what you mean. It takes longer than 20 minutes to master!

    Seriously though, I started teaching interested people of all ages a few years ago... not that I know that much myself, but there have been over 300 people so far who have wanted to learn at least that much. Although I get an attrition rate of 70% between the Beginner and Intermediate courses, those that stick with it are dedicated to it.

    Who knows.. in a few more years we may have a carving renaissance.

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    We have no shortage of young carvers over here in NZ . I have no idea of the stats. re. under or over 40 tho .
    Much of the work is for the tourist industry , and the for corporate and
    government clients , as well as the domestic market .
    All in all , they have their work chipped out for them .

    Roll on your carving renaissance folks

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    Default The Younger Ones.

    Hi CV3 & Others,
    Yes, we find it the same here in Geelong. Our Youngest would be just over 50.
    The Wood Working Clubs are in the same Boat. Very hard to get them to join & if they do they are not there very long. They always have a valid excuse though.
    I'm not sure if times have changed that much, but 1 good thing is that their Family comes 1st. It is the same with the HTPAA, as most who join are Retirees, & have enjoyed Playing around with Hand Tools & then find there is a Club, but no young ones. It's a pity.
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    Yep, not many youngsters out there carving, but I don't think that's anything new.
    I had no interest in it in my youth..I could do 50 different things in the time it would take to make a carving

    Quote Originally Posted by Manuka Jock View Post
    We have no shortage of young carvers over here in NZ .
    NZ is a different story, it has a strong tradition of carving, it is widely taught and a good carver can make a reasonable living from it

    what if the hokey pokey is really what it's all about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by underfoot View Post

    NZ is a different story, it has a strong tradition of carving, it is widely taught and a good carver can make a reasonable living from it
    All traditions have to start somewhere .
    The national carving school has only been going since 1962 .
    No time like the present to establish something similar over your way .

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    Whether there are many who carve around or not is usually dictated how commonly wood is used. I mean in places and times when wood was about all one really had to build a house, make a cart, a barrel etc, then there were bound to be plenty of carvers.

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    I would be interested in learning to chip carve, and have tried a little (not very successfully), but still interested. Unfortunately, I do not know anyone who carves, or any local courses. So where to start?

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    Default Chip Carving.

    Hi Cava,
    To learn a bit of Chip Carving, try Bryan of the Doncaster Carvers, on 9 4594176.
    While your at it ask him about " The Carve-In " in May 2011.
    If you can get in you will learn a whole lot more as well.
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    Thanks Issatree, will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manuka Jock View Post
    We have no shortage of young carvers over here in NZ . I have no idea of the stats. re. under or over 40 tho .
    Much of the work is for the tourist industry , and the for corporate and
    government clients , as well as the domestic market .
    All in all , they have their work chipped out for them .

    Roll on your carving renaissance folks

    No you dont the smart ones move to AUS
    I got in to it at 12 and still carving at 27

    its the sort of thing thats not out there so you have to know some one or seen it at a show

    but young people today want the Quick
    if it takes more then 5 min they dont want to know
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    Quote Originally Posted by nz_carver View Post
    No you dont the smart ones move to AUS
    I got in to it at 12 and still carving at 27
    You have not met many of the top carvers have you , the world class artists

    Very few of them move away from home . They have no need to , the world comes to them

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    Hey folks:

    I carve in my spare time and I'm a 19 year old medical student. I used to make wooden model ships. I realized that the aspect I enjoyed the most was carving the hull out of timber- so I took up carving. Been doing it for close to 4 years now and have improved immensely.

    Why don't young people do carving... most young people are completely incapable of doing any kind of quality manufacturing at all. Why- because they are not resourceful. Most people my age are not taught many practical skills at school, and you are taught that when something breaks or you need something, call a tradesman. Show no initiative whatsoever. I once got a coffee table from council cleanup. It was thrown out because one of the legs had a small split in it. I fixed it in 10 minutes with a G-clamp and some PVA.

    Mind you, when I show my friends my carvings, they are extremely impressed, so there is an appreciation for quality out there.

    cheerio

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    Pics Jono, pics! Yes, the throw outs are great these days.

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    Hello again:

    Here are some recent carvings I have done. The one of two penguins is in White beech. The cats are in Tasmanian Myrtle and White beech (one of the myrtle ones is not varnished, which is why it is a different colour). The fish (its meant to be a barramundi) was carved out of a log of Leyland Cypress from a neighbour. Leyland Cypress is a common landscaping tree. Its actually a hybrid between a cypress and a cedar. It has an unpredictable grain, is brittle and full of knots. But I think the flowing growth rings are beautiful, so its worth the pain and suffering it took carving it

    I am doing a carving of a frog out of a log of jacaranda. It looks brilliant and is nearly complete, but its at home at Sydney now (I study in Brisbane), so I have no photos of it. Yet.
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