Friday, April 18, 2014

Now Accepting Custom Tool Orders



Thank you, my friends, for all of your patience with my taking some time off from tool making.  I can’t say that it has been a restful sabbatical, but it definitely was a productive one.  It was a long hall, but I’m glad to be back doing what I truly love doing, making tools.  After all is said and done, I’m ready to start making sparks and happy woodcarvers again.

In commemoration of my return to the shop, and just in time for tax return season (wink, wink), I have decided to have a celebratory sale on all of my woodcarving tools.  All of my custom tools have been reduced by $2.00 to $5.00 each, so now is the time to place an order.  Click the “Custom Knives” or “Custom Palm Tools” tabs above which will take you to the respective page.  The process for placing a custom order is pretty clear and simple, but I’m always available via email at theoldstump@live.com if you have any questions.

You may also see the “Available Tools” tab above.  Periodically I get an itch to make some tools, but I don’t have any orders to fill at the time.  Well, I’m not going to let a little thing like that stop me from doing what I enjoy.  Thus, the Available Tools page is where I make available these completed tools that are looking for a new home.  Right now, since I need a little cash to buy more tool-making materials, I have cut the cost on all these tools by $8.00.  Take a look and see if one of these gems would fit well into your toolbox.

Again, thank you, my friends!  It’s great to be back making tools and carving once again.  I’m currently working on a cowpoke caricature that I think you will all enjoy.  I’ll post some pics real soon.

Happy carving to you all,

Brandant

Saturday, February 15, 2014

No Custom Orders for Now

Greetings my woodcarving friends!

This is just a quick note to let you know that I appreciate your interest in following along with me on my carving adventures and I hope you are all enjoying your own adventures in the world of woodcarving.  I hope you find the information here useful.

As most of you probably know, I am not a professional woodcarver or tool maker.  Even though I am passionate about both, they are only my hobbies, not my vocation.  But, they do give me something enjoyable to do on the weekends. 

I need to let everyone know that for the next couple of months, I will be preparing for a professional licensing examination that is going to take up the majority of my free time.  Unfortunately, I will not have much time to spend out in my workshop and, consequently, I will not be taking any new custom knife or palm tool orders for the time being.  I anticipate restoring my custom tools pages upon completion of my examination and hope you will not be too disappointed in having to wait for a few weeks to place your orders.  Everything should be back up by mid April and I look forward to working with you to meet your carving needs.

Thanks again for your interest in The Old Stump, and wish me luck on the test!

Brandant

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you all for your interest in The Old Stump Blog.  I greatly appreciate those who have purchased knives, palm tools, and carvings from me over the past year and I hope that each item has exceeded your expectations.  I also hope that everyone has enjoyed the tutorials and following along with me on my carving adventures.

I haven't had much time at all to carve over the past several months.  Sometimes life takes a turn and interests change.  I have recently started making high-end custom knives which are way above and beyond my simple carving knives.  It has been a real challenge learning the techniques and acquiring all the tools required for fine knife making.  Here are some samples of my work so far.



 








Each one of these knives is hand made by myself alone from my own custom designs.  The folding knives are particularly challenging, and finessing the folding and lock mechanisms just right is very rewarding.  Here's a link to my photo album for several more views of each of these knives:

Custom Folders and Fixed Blades

If anyone would be interested in a handmade custom folder or fixed blade knife, just drop me an email.  I'd be happy to entertain any serious inquiries.

Again, a very Happy New Year and may 2014 be the best year for you yet!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Sale ! ! !

This is, bar none, the biggest sale of my custom tools that I have ever offered.  The cost of every tool has been significantly reduced, some as much as $10.00.  There has never been a better time to add more tools to your collection, after all, one can never have too many tools!  My tools are offered on three separate pages here on the Old Stump Blog: "Available Tools", "Custom Knives", and "Custom Palm Tools" which are accessed from the tabs at the top of this page.  All of the tools that I have already made are found on the "Available Tools" page, and to place an order for a custom knife or palm tool, just click the appropriate tab to take you there.  If you have any questions about my tools or how to place your order, just drop me a note at theoldstump@live.com .  Happy carving, and have a great holiday season.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Tools Available

It's been awhile since I've made a big run of my custom knives and palm tools.  For the last couple of weeks, I've been putting the finishing touches on these beauties that you see in the photos below.



The knives are an assortment of all-purpose and detail knives with some very beautiful handles.  The gouges are mostly 1/2" size gouges of all of my offered sweeps.  Each tool is unique and gorgeous to look at, not to mention sharp and ready to make some serious chips.  You'll find each tool available for purchase on my "Available Tools" page.  Just click the tab at the top of this page.  I hope you like them.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mug Shots

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence day and that you and yours took time to ponder and give thanks to all those who have fought and continue to fight to make us free.  It's been some time since I've made a new post here on The Old Stump, so I thought I would leave a little note to let you know that I'm still alive and kicking.

I've been busy with summer things as of late and have had very little time to carve.  It's too bad that work and honey-do projects tend to infringe on one's carving time.  I haven't completed a carving since I finished up "The Perfect Hand", but I have been playing around with carving a few faces.  Here are the fruits of my labors.


I think I've said this before, but I truly love carving faces.  I like playing around with different expressions and facial features.  I hope you like this little guys.  I'd love to know what you think, so leave a comment, or drop me an email.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Perfect Hand - Riverboat Gambler Complete

Well, it's been a long ride, but we've finally come to the end of this carving adventure.  I sure am pleased the we stuck it out to the end to create a nice piece of art instead of ending with a simple caricature head.  I think he turned out to be quite a charming piece.  I know he brings a smile to my face when I see him sitting on my shelf.  I hope you have enjoyed following along, and maybe even carving along, with me.  The final part of this tutorial is now available on the Tutorials Page of The Old Stump Blog.  Just click the tab above, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the link.

I'd love to hear what you all think about this little Gambler.  Just drop a comment below, or send me an email.  I'd also love to see a photo or two of your finished pieces if you've been carving along too.  I will not post them publicly without your consent to do so. 

I have also made this fellow available for purchase if you're interested.  Just click the Carvings Gallery link above.

Happy carving.