What made you decide to add power carving to your repertoire?
Adding power carving wasn’t even a question! Tracey bought a TURBOPlane to help him make spoons and bowls, and when I saw how fast and effortless it was to make interesting organic shapes, I had to give it a try. I was instantly hooked and consider the discovery of power carving to be where my real journey as a woodworker and artist began.
What is your favorite power carving tool and why?
The Mini Carver with the Mini Pro bit is my favorite power carving tool. It has a very intuitive feel and allows me to carve any kind of curve as well as textures and grooves, and reach into recesses. Amazing as it is for detail work, it’s also surprisingly fast at stock removal too. It’s more nimble and less fatiguing than the larger and more aggressive bits, which makes it safer to use for extended periods.
What impact has power carving had on your art/passion/livelihood?
Selling my work and teaching my methods has been my primary source of income for the last few years. Power carving is the foundation of my whole approach, and most of my pieces are simply not possible to make any other way. It allows me not only to create beautiful works, but enjoy the process and share it with others.
What advice would you give to people who are thinking of getting into power carving?
Go for it! I would suggest exploring with one or two versatile tools and building from there. Power carving can enhance almost all woodworking projects and, in my experience, make the process fast and enjoyable. And it will probably even open up whole new creative avenues!