By traditional woodcarving I mean the use of knives, gouges, and chisels. However, let me be clear, that as a professional, I will use whatever tool I can conjure up to help get rid of all the waste wood in the most efficient way possible. This leaves me more time to concentrate on the detail work. I strongly believe that it is all in those final cuts that make your piece what it is. I mean really, who cares how you got rid of all that unwanted wood or stone for that matter. But when it comes to the finish piece it is all in the detailing. Whether your work is done traditionally or with power assistance, its the detailing that matters. Chester Armstrong who is a world class chainsaw carver can whip out a piece in under 20 minutes. However, that is when he puts down his chain saw and
starts to do the detailing which can take days if not weeks. And the reason why he is a world class carver, is because of his finished pieces
I teach basic beginners to well seasoned carvers. As a professional, I have learned by trial and error what works and what works really well. So I am not adverse to using chain saws, grinders, sanders, flexible shaft tools, and torches. I generally like the tooled look of a piece carved with traditional hand tools. However, depending on the piece in question sometimes a finely sanded piece is just what is needed.
If you are interested in getting started in carving or you already are into carving but you just have an inkling to come you here to New Mexico and see what I can teach you, then send me an email and I will try to fit you into a class or workshop that will help you on your way.
As a profession, woodcarving may not be fore everyone... But as a rewarding past time my money is still on woodcarving.