Visit by local Councillor Shahid Mohammed

The councillor came, seemed very impressed, and took photos of the club’s activities.   The photos have been put on his official website along with this comment. :-

I’d like to thank Zahir and the Lancashire & Cheshire Woodcarvers group for inviting me to one of the sessions today. They truly are a group of very friendly and talented individuals, I’ve attached a few pictures of some of their brilliant work. Although there are also folk with varying levels of skills – so you don’t have to be a master craftsman to join in.
They meet at the Rochdale Ukrainian Club, 15 Mere St, Rochdale OL11 1HJ, every Thursday from 10am till around 2pm.
So if you fancy getting into wood carving, pop along to the Ukrainian Club on a Thursday and they’ll be pleased to welcome you. You can also borrow some tools to get you started if you don’t have your own.
It is great to get free advertising.   Thanks to Zahir for promoting some local interest.

Choosing Chisels by Nick Pantelides

Nick talked about all the chisels that manufacturers hope to sell to carvers and the ones that members new to carving need to buy.   He had a chart of all the chisel types and described their uses.

Chart of chisels

The chisels actually needed depends on the type of work being done, but with a bit on ingenuity most work can be carved with a basic set.   Cheap chisels are usually not worth buying as they lack the qualities that a good manufacturer achieves through the final processes after the shaping of the tool .    The tool needs to be hard at the cutting edge and get progressively softer towards the handle prevent snapping.   Cheap tools are either too soft at the cutting edge and will not stay sharp or too hard and break easily.    Good tools are expensive but fortunately there are car boot sales and 2nd hand markets where good old tools are sometimes available.