My first obsessive hobby as an adult was pumpkin carving. I picked it up in 2011 and in 2015 I set a personal record of carving 13 pumpkins from late September to early November.
The trouble with pumpkin carving, though, is it is seasonal. When I showed up at the grocery store on November 1st and saw an empty concrete slab where the pumpkins used to be, I thought “Well, what on earth will I create NOW?”
A few people suggested I give woodcarving a try. “Oh no, that’s too hard” I replied. “Plus, I would probably cut off a finger!”
Eventually I got desperate for a hobby, so in May of 2016, I picked up a Flexcut knife and a piece of Basswood and told myself “If it turns out really bad, no one will ever have to know.”
My first carving took me two weeks and it was a little blocky bird without wings. But I was hooked.
I did one carving per week for the first year, although I quickly put down my Flexcut knife in favor of a Dremel rotary tool. Right now, I’m carving with an Arbortech mini grinder, a Dremel Fortiflex, and sometimes a chainsaw.
Living in Arkansas where over half of our land is forest means I never have to look far to find wood. It’s everywhere.