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    Years ago when i first started carving I used to make kachina
    dolls out of balsa. I was just doing forms and didn't need a great deal of detail on the carvings. Last week my father told me he found a case of balsa in the attic that i had forgotten
    about. Has anyone ever tried to get detail with balsa?
    Will it even hold the detail, or would i just be wasting my time with it???

    PaPa ??? ??? ???
    don't sweat the small stuff

  • #2

    I have. I did a Xmas tree topper that was a Noahs Ark. It turned out prety good and held the detail fair enough. I found I had to use exacto chisels so I wouldn't tear the wood. It had a elephant, girrafe, and dove on it the inside was hollowed out with a light in it, so there was plenty of detail, but Im not standing in line at the balsa store any time soon it will test your patience!
    I Cut It Six Times And It's Still Too Short!!!


    • #3

      Thanks for the input lorax.
      I wanted someone elses opinion before i wasted my time with the roughout. I will try a small carving with a piece of it.
      If it is too trying.......well i will have some new firewood.

      don't sweat the small stuff


      • #4
        Re: BALSAWOOD

        ArizonaPapa...I wouldn't toss that balsa or burn it! You never know what little project will come up and balsa will be perfect for it! Everytime I toss something, the next week I need it!


        • #5
          Re: BALSAWOOD

          well i tried out the balsa again. It tears very easy, even with a very sharp knife. well i guess its fine for general contour work but i cant get any detail with it because of the tearing. I think i will keep it......... like you said, never know when it will be perfect for the job.
          don't sweat the small stuff


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