It's preindustrial, and made from scrap, but it works.
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." — Confucius
What's old is not necessarily discarded. Not in tools nor skills. My shop is soooooo small that I can only fit one of those tiny 6-inch jointers in it — this is fine for most of the hoop tray portraits that I do. But, the carving of the Cunard liner Servia is much larger, and …
Practice makes perfect is not a trite truism. Depth of Practice is important, and it can be applied across disciplines.
What to hit with: Mallets!
Examples offer clues for learning that books and videos can't
From firewood to presents; it's a pleasant transition.
After tempering the treen is allowed to dry for several days before finishing starts. Finishing begins with cleaning up unfair curves, and rough spots. Sanding with 80 grit, 120 grit and 240 grit sandpaper follow. A final whirl with a sanding mop ( a sort of flap sander in a drill press) acts to polish …
Firewood is interesting stuff. It often contains serendipitous pieces for crafting.
Lots of carvers have shop cats. They rule the shop from on high.