Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Updated the Carving Gallery

If you have stopped by the Carving Gallery here on the Old Stump, you may have noticed that payment buttons have been added to all of the carvings that are currently available for purchase. Should you be interested in purchasing one of my carvings, simply click the "Add to Cart" button and use the online check out as you would with any online store.  If you have any questions or problems with the system, just drop me a line and I'll give you a hand.

Several of you have asked when I will be making some more knives.  Currently I'm involved in a big project for a Christmas gift for my wife, so I won't be making any new carving knives until after the new year, so save some of that Christmas money (wink wink).  If you want to see that project I'm working on, check out my sister site at Robinson Edge .

On another note, I can see that I've lost interest in my little hunter bust since I haven't carved at all on him in the last few weeks.  To get myself motivated to get carving, I think I might start on something totally new and maybe come back to this piece when I feel ready for it.  I'm thinking maybe a cowboy or possibly a native american.  I'll certainly share progress pics here of whatever I decide to do. Thanks for following along with me on my adventures.

-  Brandant Robinson

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Deer Hunter Bust

As I ease back into the woodcarving scene, I have decided to revisit a piece that I started some time ago.  It's a bust of a deer hunter that should turn out to be a fun project to break the rust free from my woodcarving muscles.  Here's a really crumby photo of the project as of last night.  I've just attached the right arm to the torso and have it clamped up with some rubber bands.

If the carving turns out as I envision, he will have a rifle slung over his right shoulder with the sling in his right hand.  He'll have some binoculars around his neck and something that I haven't decided on held in his left hand.  I'll post more pics as the carving develops.  Thanks for checking in.

-  Brandant Robinson

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Email News Letter

Hey, folks.  I appreciate the warm "welcome home" that everyone has given me.  It's good to be back among friends, doing a little carving, and making a few knives.  The knives that I posted on the Available Knives Page last week are half gone, so get yours before they are all in someone else's toolbox.

Since I'm not taking custom orders for woodcarving tools right now, I have been urged to start an email news letter to let those interested people know when new tools and finished carvings are available to the public to be purchased.  I think that's something that I could do without too much fuss.  Also, I'm not taking orders, but I will entertain requests.  If you need a specific tool, shoot me a message and I'll see if I can add it to the next batch.

So, if you'd like to be on my Email List, just send me an email at theoldstump@live.com with the words "OLD STUMP SUBSCRIBE" in the subject line, and I'll get you added in.  Also, if you'd like to be on my Email List for my custom folding knives which are found on my sister sight at Robinson Edge just indicate that in the body of your email and I'll get you signed up for both.

In the News Letter I'll keep you up to date on new knives, gouges, and carvings.  I won't fill up your inbox up with unwanted emails and you can ask to be removed from my list at any time, no questions asked.  I appreciate your indulgence as I ease back into the carving life.  I didn't realize how much I missed carving and making woodcarving tools.

Also, I'm working on a new carving of a deer hunter.  It's so nice to be making woodchips again!  I'll be posting progress photos very soon, so check back. Thanks for stopping by the Old Stump.

-  Brandant Robinson

Friday, October 28, 2016

It's Been A Long Time

Well, folks, it's been a long time since I've posted anything here on the Old Stump.  I have been pursuing other interests and haven't had a lot of interest in woodcarving or woodcarving tools. Lately I've started to miss making chips and the fun and joy that comes with it, not to mention that I miss all of my friends in the woodcarving community.  In order to inspire myself to get back into woodcarving, I decided to make myself a new knife.  Since I was making one, I thought why not make a whole batch of new knives and offer them to the public.  In the past I have used floor scraper blades for the blades of my knives.  Now I have the equipment of a real knife shop and have the ability to shape and heat treat my own blades.  So, I decided to use some high quality O1 tool steel to make these blades.  I must say, they turned out really nice.  Here's a group photo of the batch.


Nine of the ten are now available over on the Available Knives Page of the Old Stump.  I hope to get started on something new and maybe take you along for the ride.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 16, 2015

No More Custom Orders



Greetings, folks!  It’s been a while hasn’t it.  I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their adventures in woodcarving.

As most of you know, I have been making woodcarving knives and gouges for about five years now as an enjoyable hobby and a small side business.  The fabrication of these tools has brought me a lot of satisfaction and pleasure, not to mention the joy I have received from hundreds of happy customers.  With a heavy heart, I have decided to stop taking custom orders for knives and palm tools.  This decision was certainly not made lightly as I have enjoyed having a hobby that has been able to pay for itself.

The main reason for me coming to this decision was simply a shift in my personal interests.  Although I have enjoyed making these woodcarving tools in the past, my interests have evolved into making custom folding knives.  I find that I enjoy my time much better and find even richer rewards in making my folders than I ever did making woodcarving tools.  And, since this is my hobby, I guess I get to choose how I spend my limited number of spare hours in the week.

I still have quite a few handles cut out and blade steel in my shop, so I will periodically post tools on the “Available Tools” page when I get the inclination to make a carving tool or two.  I will also take requests, so if you are just dying to own a particular tool, drop me an email and I will do my best to make one to your specs the next time I work on woodcarving tools.

I would also like to invite you to visit my new blog at Robinson Edge where you can follow me on my new adventures into the world of custom folding knives.  I even have a few of my knives on that site posted for sale if you are interested.  I will continue to post the occasional woodcarving here and will also leave up all of the previous posts and tutorials for everyone to use.  I want to offer a great big thanks to all those who have purchased my knives and gouges and I hope they continue to make mountains of chips for year to come.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Commemorative Gouge

I thought I would close out the year with a real bang.  Recently I have been making a lot of custom folding knives with really fine detail work and tight precision.  I thought I would give my carving friends something truly unique that would test my skills as a maker as well as produce a piece of functional art.  This is what I came up with.

 
 



The gouge is a 3/16" #7 with a fluted blade which is highly polished.  The ferrule is fluted copper, also highly polished to keep with the shiny theme.  The handle material is maple burl that has been dyed red and black and professionally stabilized.  The inlayed shield is nickel silver and has the size of the gouge, the year and my initials hand engraved into the bright surface.  I wish the photos could do this tool justice.  I really need to work on my photography skills.  A little over-the-top?  Well, maybe.  But I sure like it and really enjoyed making it.

I have made this piece available for purchase on my "Available Tools" page if you are interested in owning it.  Thanks for taking a look and I would love to hear any comments.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sale Ends Soon - July 5

I know I haven't posted anything new in a long while.  Late spring and early summer seem to be the time that things need to get done around the house and yard and I've had my fair share of chores and projects to complete.  My carving has practically come to a screeching halt for the past few months.  Not to mention that I've been spending more and more time on my new hobby of making custom folding knives and less and less time making chips.  I did, however, manage to finish up the bust of a caricature that I call "The Scoundrel."  When I get a spare moment, I'll take some pics and post them for all to see.  I also finished up the head of a gunslinger that still needs a place to rest his disembodied noggin.  I'll try to get in some progress pics of him as well.

I want to thank everyone for your recent tool orders, and for those who have taken the time to send me photos of your woodcarving art.  What a thrill it is for me to see what my meager tools in the hands of you, the skilled artist, can accomplish.  It has also been fun working with you in your decision making process and a pleasure to craft your custom tools.  I have enjoyed putting on this extended sale, but like all good things, it too must come to an end.  I've set the final day of the sale for July 5, so, while you're enjoying the Independence Day weekend, make sure you get your orders in too while you can still take advantage of the low prices.  I'm only an email away at theoldstump@live.com if you should have any questions about my tools, need help making you tool selection, or help placing your order.

Thanks again, everyone!  Keep making chips and happy carving to all.

Brandant