Anyone Ever Carved Meerschaum?

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jhowell

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Keep it in soak while carving... Xacto (tm) blades mounted in a wooden dowel make an excellent carving tool. Carves very much like soap (you might even want to practice on some soap first). you can also use the blades in a 90 degree scraping motion for fine work. There are some videos on YouTube showing carvers at work.
 

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Keep it in soak while carving... Xacto (tm) blades mounted in a wooden dowel make an excellent carving tool. Carves very much like soap (you might even want to practice on some soap first). you can also use the blades in a 90 degree scraping motion for fine work. There are some videos on YouTube showing carvers at work.
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Country Bladesmith

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post it! I've been toying with that idea too
I will if I can remember to take pictures as I’m working on it. I’m bad about that kind of stuff. All my knife pictures are after the work is done. I only have a few that have good “work in progress” photos. I’ll try to remember to take some on the pipe carving. If nothing else it might serve as a lesson of what not to do!
 

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It looks like you could put it on a rope and hang it in the shower! Look forward to seeing what you do with it, now I want to try!
 
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Country Bladesmith

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It looks like you could put it on a rope and hang it in the shower! Look forward to seeing what you do with it, now I want to try!
It actually carves like soap, just like @jhowell said.I decided it looked about right for carving, so I’m not waiting 24 hours. I’m zeroing in on a shape, but this thing is huge. I’m now no longer convinced I should do a smooth, even though I love how they look. Seems like it’d be a lot of meerschaum wasted as chips. What do y’all think?
Here’s how I received it:
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Here’s where I’m at now:
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I haven’t done much yet other than refine the shape a bit. Still time to call an audible if need be.
 

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