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Ya need a knife. (And it should be sharp.)
I'm a big fan of the CASE Seahorse whittler.
The wharncliffe blades shape makes it very strong, and has a strong tip. (Tips are prone to breaking when carvin' pits.)
The pen and coping blade secondaries are a good size for detail work.
Now that CASE has locked the Seahorse in their "vault", I've taken to modifying other knives into warnies.
This is one of my favorites,
But that's my preferrals.
Use what ever you feel comfortable with.
Gotta be quick, Gerald. Gotta be quick.
(But you don't have to use a spey blade for it either.) Bet THAT hurts.
Gerald Hines said:
How you hold them foks down long nuf to carve theys pits?
I would, If I could.
As it is, I'm forced to find Wi-Fi, somewhere, if I even want to see a video. I'll be including lots of pics to help you follow along...
Luca Vignelli said:
JJ post a video! I wanna see you in action!
Yep there were 4 of the Indian Paintbrush and I have 3 of them.
I was thinking about some other "Tools" that may come in handy.
So this may be Lesson #2.
Like I said, previously, you want to have a SHARP knife.
You can check out the Knife Sharpeners Group for all the latest and greatest methods.
However, I, personally like the old fashoned method. When I want to relax a bit I'll go with my old Arkansas Oil Stone.
What I keep in my bag, though, are a set of the diamond impregnated "card sharpeners".
They'll run you anywhere from $10.00 to $15.00 each.
A good thumb protector will be welcomed after you've sliced open your thumb a time or two .
Around $5.00, a pair, at most carving stores.
There are a couple that are nice to have on hand too;
A set of test probes (or some that you borrow from your dentist) are useful in getting the small pieces of fruit that are left on the pit as well as removing the actual seed from the pit, during carving.
A set of small needle files, useful in helping with some detail, at times;
and a small set of drill bits with a pin vice.
Each of the last three can be found at Harbor Freight for less than $5.00 each.
Next lesson, PEACH PITS.
Funny you should mention that, Stephen. At one time I considered a career as a Brain Sturgin.
Had to re consider because they wouldn't let me light up my cigar while I worked...