Whittle Something

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The interest in whittling (which resulted in many a spear during childhood) has periodically returned to me. Having felt it again earlier today, I figured I'd publish the interest here to see what comes of it!

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Andrew "Explorer" Gaines

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Rough Start

So far I've been having a bit of trouble getting into the habit, often remembering the morning meditation but forgetting about the evening one entirely or remembering it too late to stay awake during the session. The idea is to have the morning routi...

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2 months, 3 weeks ago

By Andrew Gaines

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After Long Hiatus

October 14, 2018

My last whittling was over 2 years ago and a few moves back -- each time faithfully packing along the partially whittled log and catching some funny looks from friends helping my move and from the gf. Each time with me knowing I'll get back around to continuing the project. Today was that day.

After the last session ended with a broken blade and a bleeding finger, I healed up and bought a new knife after some time. Unfortunately, after I'd forgotten about having it in my backpack before a flight, the TSA thought the blade was capable of being used for more than just whittling and confiscated the knife. I finally bought a new one more recently and was able to use it for its intended purpose today.

I made a good bit of progress, deepening the cheeks and other features, leaving more space for the nose to be raised above the face. I think I'm already realizing I've made a few mistakes along the way, but that's the fun of process! I'm already having to study some pictures of faces and the project is making me realize I've been pretty mistaken about some assumptions about facial features -- a neat effect of a study art piece. After developing a blister and feeling some slight cramping in my hand, I stopped for the day, but not before feeling a good bit of accomplishment and seeing the face start to take shape.

Delighted, I noticed the facial recognition feature of my phone's camera recognized it as a face already.

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After Long Hiatus

My last whittling was over 2 years ago and a few moves back -- each time faithfully packing along the partially whittled log and catching some funny looks from friends helping my move and from the gf. Each time with me knowing I'll get back around to...

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10 months, 1 week ago

By Andrew Gaines

Bloody Start

Before starting, I settled on carving a face out of the log and traced a rough outline of some of the features as a loose guide. I began whittling with my old USAF survival knife and found it tough going, the blade not being suited for detail-oriente...

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3 years, 6 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

New Chosen Log

I decided to ditch the log featured in the last narrative. Turns out that just a little bit of thinking made it clear to me that whittling a mostly-rotten log would be undesirable. Guess I just got a little overtaken by the former excitement.

Anyw...

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3 years, 7 months ago

By Andrew Gaines

January 04, 2016

I got a fairly strong impulse to begin this project yesterday. I walked around outside and soon came across a log which seemed suitable as a starting point for a first whittling project. Pulling the log from the bed of leaves in which it had been slu...

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3 years, 7 months ago

By Andrew Gaines


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