If you are among the millions of Americans who are retiring and enjoying the slower pace this time of life brings, you are no doubt taking up new hobbies and reveling in being able to concentrate on the more pleasant things. For many, this means breaking out dusty wood carving tools and getting reacquainted with the woodworking passion you may have enjoyed in your youth but had to set aside for a time to care for career and family.
If your woodcarving skills have progressed beyond simply whittling during your spare time on the front porch, now is the time to explore the different media that can take your skills to the next level. There's a wide world of options out there just waiting for enthusiasts like you to discover the artist within, allowing you to create simple or complex creations that can become family heirlooms, make you some extra cash, or simply bring you tremendous personal satisfaction. Here is a quick overview of different types of materials that make woodworking a delight for millions of enthusiasts just like you.
– Sugar Pine : Also spelled sugarpine, this type of wood is a white variety that is one of the largest known species and grows exclusively in the western United States. It is one of the most popular media for wood carving, and is most often used to create small animals or other figures.
– Jelutong : Although it is technically considered a hardwood, jelutong is prized in the woodworking world for its straight grain and remarkably fine texture. These qualities make jelutong easy to work with and therefore a great choice for beginners and experts alike.
– Tupelo : Tupelo is not only prized by woodcarving enthusiasts but also has the distinction of having a city named after it! It is white and smooth in color, and its grain comes alive when it is stained. If you have an interest in power carving, this is a great choice for you: but hand carvers also love it because of its ease of handling with wood carving tools. Because it comes from swampy areas, be sure to select pieces that come from the bottom bell of the tree and are free of rot and discoloration.
– Ash Wood : If making walking sticks is your thing, look to hardwoods such as ash. Ash has the perfect combination of durability and flexibility with just the right amount of elasticity: if you are intent on using your walking sticks, brittle woods simply will not do. As its name implies, ash is light-colored and uniquely stains beautifully.
Now is the time to expand your woodworking horizons by exploring the many different kinds of wood that will help you turn a hobby into a real passion. Visit us online at www.treelineusa.com .
Source by Patrick F Jones