The Most Fantastically Simple Yet Satisfying Carving Ever


hey guys Doug here again I’ve got a fun little project today Tom Heinz had an article published in wood carving Illustrated a few years back and since then I think it’s in a couple books too but he has a widow called the five man wizard so I’ve taken that concept so all credit to Tom but I’ve made up my own and that’s what we’re gonna do today we’re gonna do the five-minute wizard with a twist and the point of this whole project is once you get the idea of the five-minute wizard down let’s give you some examples here so this well this would be the five-minute wizard roughly you can see that once you learn that you can then go ahead do like a santa claus hillbilly whatever he is this guy and once you got all these cuts learnt and you know what you’re doing then you can go out in the bush for the bush crafters take a stick and make a little wood spirit kind of looking guy yeah same good idea so once you get really good and you know you’re doing now you just take a pencil where’s the focus focus and do a little tiny thing in your pencil so you just take the concept and apply it to whatever you want whether it be a pencil stick or a piece of basswood today I’m taking a 1 by 1 by 5 inch piece of wood and I’m splitting it this way and I’ll show you how to do that right now all right this is how I make my little jig I just take your regular 2×4 all right set my saw blade on a 45 degree angle we’re gonna come up with that so just gonna go down one way turn around by the other way right this is what I took out all right what’s it gonna take her the bandsaw put my little thing in like so let my piece of wood in I’m gonna just push it through and it cuts it right down the middle all right that’s it so yeah you can do a pencil stick you’re a piece of wood pine bass wood whatever but I find sticks sometimes we’ll just driving down the road and I find a stick on the side of the road so I just grab it and yeah that’s a six are plentiful it’s actually a little bit better to do green then if you do a hard wood because hardwoods are named hardwood for reason all right so let’s just have one more quick look before we get started here’s a here’s a fella here and that is done on a full square so you don’t have to split them in half you can do it on the on the square in fact you probably do both sides if you wanted to but either way the same thing applies if you wanna make the full head you’re just going to carry the hat all the way around right and give them some shoulders on the back so same thing goes for the first square piece but the stick imagine if you were camping you just grab a stick and whipped up this guy for the kids maybe a superhero Billy anyway yeah yeah those guys but this is the basically the Tom Hynes 5-minute wizard so let’s focus on this one all right I should do my disclaimer quick before I get going here to drop your knife nice and sharp sharp is good wear your safety gloves if you got one and if you are out in the bush whittling have a safety kit or be very careful you know the main thing guys know that if that knife slips that your finger is not behind it don’t do it on your lap don’t do it on your throat same idea don’t be dumb but know where your knife is gonna go if the wood breaks or if your knife slips so you’re not cutting yourself because in the bush or somewhere far away from people you can be in big trouble so sharp knife safety equipment get it yeah let’s go I’m outside today because it is sweltering hot and I got a nice shady spot with a breeze so hopefully that breeze doesn’t getting the audio but oh well okay here we go five inches so what we’re gonna do to start with is we’re just going to come down let’s say I don’t wait call out two inches two inches and just draw a straight line both sides down about two inches okay and then just so you can see come a quarter inch or so then come across on an angle so we only put that straight mark so we can see what that quarter inches all right it’s like so now we’re just gonna take our knife now we’re gonna put on that line we’re gonna cutter straight in like that you can put it down on the ground and angle like this to slide your knife down but do not slide your knife like this this is very thin and that will break so anyway we got a cut about an eighth inch in and we’re just going to come you know carve up to that stop cut I’m gonna eat the bench just like that same thing on this side all right okay well there’s an inch all right clean it up a little bit you can see already how this kind of comes underneath now I was able to stop so that’s good in fact you can even just take that edge and a little bit just so you don’t chip it while you’re working on it get a little bit of a stronger edge okay then we’re going to take our piece here and you can come down a half-inch we can come down 3/4 that’s for me let’s go about 3/4 inch now put a mark that’s just gonna be a nice cut straight in a stop cut all right we’re gonna cut up to it always make sure everything is square you know the depth of this cut is the size of the nose so if you want a bigger nose just go a little bit deeper okay and then we’ve got our our stop cut for the nose we’ve got it the bought this is the bottom of the Hat ok so now we’re just gonna make a couple lines here down about 1/8 from the top maybe a little sharper angle then the Hat is OK oh all right we’ll we’ll take the outside of her nose here and we’ll come in like that just in from the corner a little bit you can see that we’re gonna come out to this corner like that all right so now we’re gonna lay this down we’re gonna put a nice real nice deep cut like that see on this side and then the same for the nose now watch the nose because if you go on an angle it’s gonna be goofy you want to keep that angle out so I cut away from the nose same on this side okay now we’re just gonna take our knife we’re gonna come up here we’re gonna try and take the little chip out of there a little deeper clean that up all right like that similar side okay that’s your rough nose so what we want to do out the bat is I don’t like a flat bottom nose so I’m just going to come up and take from the center just kind of curl it up a little bit on angle trying to work or top my camera all right just give a little bit of an angle each way all right then this nose is not gonna be here we’re gonna bring that down now like that we’re gonna take a little point off of here – all right and then you can do it every light we can just kind of round that nose a little bit get a little bit of a swale on the sides I’ll say too when you’re doing the noses I would emphasize that cut being deep here because if you don’t go deep enough and and dig deep enough on the first run you’re gonna have a whole bunch of these these cut lines in the side and you can’t cut them out without losing the size of the nose so try to go as deep as you can the first time so you don’t get all these little cuts on the side all right what are we gonna do with that now let’s bring it down a little bit of angular here alright that’s that let’s take this pad here take these points off this start going crazy you can make whatever hat yeah we got this kind of hat we got a hat like that you got a hillbilly hat Santa Santa Claus so whatever you wanted to do but you probably do more than one anyway so let’s just go with the Old Faithful all right just down a bit we don’t like these really sharp points because you know darn well you’re gonna break them all right well that’s good enough so let’s take your pencil if you if you wanna a band on the hat just give it a quarter-inch here so I think this pencil lines over here nervous it was sharp square edges alright alright next thing let’s just take this point off you here a little bit under the nose okay let’s just draw out a mustache keep it the same alright anything here you’re that snappeth up then then wood breaking make sure your fingers aren’t around there all right the other side around that into the nose all right that’s the top of the bus – now I’m gonna do my little three corner cut here and this gives the nose some depth so let’s just do that I’m just gonna stick my knife in one way with the nose here another way I mean it’s gonna take that look a little triangle over there yeah you see how that just deepened up that it was same thing on this side stick my knife in anything just pop it out we get in there all right now it was gonna draw the inner yeah you can take that all the way to a point or just do what I did just now and just give the illusion I love this Whittle this is a fantastic will I don’t know I’m gonna name this video yet but I loved it to say the most fantastic Whittle is this such a simple yet satisfying a little Whittle the pencil this morning before work I just ran it to my carving room to grab something I saw that pencil there and I said I look like I’m a pencil we got frightened route it and that cover mance I had that okay see how that’s got this so now we can just kind of come down here if you want it kind of come under that you gotta bring that in same thing on this side just to show the how the face kind of comes in now we can just do whatever we want with this beard here you want to kick it over to the side we’ll just take that notch out of there again okay there you go you can paint the eyes on if you want which one did I do see these eyes are painted and these eyes are actually carved in and quite honestly you’d be hard-pressed to see the difference so this one here see how he has a good hair all that is is just drawn a line around a little v cut okay and then he’s got got here so see if this guy just put a little cutting down the side but basically that’s uh that’s done so how long did that really take without me yeah then again come back she’s chasing carrots again you got a V tool it’s nothing to just shape some here and sometimes I’ll do that this video I don’t know how long I was out here but it went quick in it like I said what a fun satisfying project and you can do it with any kind of knife really you don’t really have to have a specialized carving a Scandinavian grind would be nice I got more or something but this is something that was crafters can do in the bush or you can fill around the at work on your desk with your pencil it’s just a nice fun project so Tom’s the man so from here on after you got the idea you can take it as far as you want you can give the guy a mouth teeth you could add ears you do a fancy fancy hat eyeballs hair so it’s just that basic wood spirit II like series of cuts and you’re there so we just gave them some texture take a pencil a little shadow of an eye well I hope you guys like this project as much as I do because hey I love it nice simple quick I need that in my life I need to just got a piece of wood make something really quick and be happy and I can put down and walk away I have a hard time walking away from bigger projects and and then I never go to bed at night and I’m always tired but this is just a satisfying fun little project anybody can do it I guarantee you anybody can do this this is not super skillful it’s just a fun fun little thing and basic cuts basic cuts in the right order and you’re golden so thanks for watching I’m gonna clean up my mess go make a video and enjoy my Canada Day weekend so thanks for watching guys and I will see you on the next one where by the way I hope to be outside again see ya

100 comments

  • Doug Linker

    This is my take on Tom Hindes 5 minute wizard.What i like about this carving is that once you get the gist of the cuts you can apply them in all kinds of ways using different mediums from sticks to pencils and still end up with a very satisfying outcome.I did not know what to name this video so although the title may seem alittle clickbaity I truly believe this is something that anyone can do and get almost immediate results that will only build confidence in all carvers alike -hope you like it and a big thanks for watchin

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  • Michel Kahn

    Прикольные безделушки. Приятное времяубивание, всяко лучше стрелялок с танчиками.

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  • Joe Green

    Haha I just find a stick 😂

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  • Light Worker

    You found a stick with a chainsaw lol. Was that a public tree? Great video.

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  • Roman Puccetti

    wait, did this dude just cut a limb off a city tree at 2:45? WTF 😮 Good project otherwise

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  • Jennah Bell

    Where do you get your basswood from? The one I got is way to hard to cut.

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  • l'amour du bois

    Quelle est le bois utilisé

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  • l'amour du bois

    What wood utilised

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  • David M

    #1 rule with sharp tolls: Never put your finger where you wouldn't put your willy!

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  • jdogg661420

    with your skill.. you can do some realistic fishing lures like crankbaits, swimbaits, whopper ploppers.. ect.. then can even paint them up go catch fish with them!

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  • Валентина Дмитриева

    Incredible

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  • DEAN

    Thanks Doug for giving me the kick in the pants and make me find my knife. Feeling motivated again, keep up the great videos.

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  • Robin H

    Awesome

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  • NolstagiaGaming

    Carve your beard

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  • Lynda Beverley

    Magic👍👏👏

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  • artranchero

    Mine turned out pretty good…and then I cut off his nose.

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  • Hayley-Run Like Jesus

    These are so cool!! I'm going to try carving one for my mom tomorrow. Love your hair by the way. It really suits you man. Have a great day.

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  • Rusty Woodpecker

    Hey!..That was my tree man🤔
    Just kidding😆… Nice work🇦🇺👍

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  • Nastja Romanova

    Run into your video and felt an urgent neem to carve something (never done this before). All I found at home was a big eraser and a Stanley knife. Now I have an awesome dwarf eraser! Thank you!!

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  • Kyle Mikulin

    What knife were you using in this video Doug? Really enjoy watching you and your talent. Thanks.

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  • ZALANGOR

    Hangi agaç kullanıyorsun ?

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  • Evan Crissinger

    What a great video! I'm fascinated with wood carving and this is a great watch. Thanks Doug!

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  • r3dbeard gard

    please tell me what kind of tree, thx.

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  • Zander DiGrino

    Can anyone tell me what knife he used? PLEASE!!!

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  • Dielle

    Could you also do a video on how you did it on the pencil? How different would it be compared to a block of wood?

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  • Spencer Pearson

    That was great I have been wanting to try this for years thank for sharing

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  • Ziggywalllllface

    What do you paint them with?

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  • Dale Whiting

    Thanks for sharing Doug. So simple yet So Awesome…

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  • Mark blankenship

    thank you for sharing i can't wait to get started

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  • Ad

    Appreciate the walk through! time to buy me a couple of chisels and get crafting. great stuff thanks 😀

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  • Human Centered

    I think I said “oh no he wrecked it” 7-8 times and every time when he took his hand away it was 2x better.

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  • cbarber

    Wow I have just stumbled across this (I don't really know why/how,) but… I discovered I always wanted to be a whittler. Great job, you make it look really easy and exciting

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  • SecretBeachTradingCo

    Great video. thanks for sharing.

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  • julie Wallis

    I want to make these little guys but know I don’t have the skill, I may well start with vegetables before I progress onto wood carvings. Carrot wizard anyone?

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  • Pedro Bacalau

    Great video! Thanks for the simple instructions. What kind of paint do you use on the finished product?

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  • fred fournier

    hello ! really beautifull ! can you say to us what is the name or the marque of your knife, please
    a french fan…;)

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  • Cody Hoard

    Okay I am inspired. Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Surf Earth

    “I just find a stick”.. LOL. I’m in the market for a bandsaw. What are you using? What would you suggest?

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  • Cerne

    Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to carving my first wizard!

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  • john a. gorman

    Thank you so much Doug! It was a great starter project for my 16 yr son and I to start with. We enjoyed it greatly, and look forward to this new craft.

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  • SA SPURS

    Mr Doug Linker unknowingly revealed the meaning of life at 4:18 if there is one life lesson it's that.

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  • boogermansdaddy1

    Just tried my first one…it looks tragic. BUT…I'll get there. Thanks for the lesson.

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  • Threat Mitigation Research Group

    Might be cool to do one on a 4×4 to decorate post tops and beams.

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  • Rich 7 Seven

    Cheers for this, carved my first face, it's not perfect but hey, it's a start 👍

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  • rvsam4u

    Great video! Subscribed.

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  • Nancy Fahey

    Thank you. I'm gonna try making 2 eyes a nose and a mouth and tack them to this big tree looking at me.

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  • celik tolga

    enjoyed watching, thanks

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  • Michael Morrow

    If this was a video tape I think mine would be worn out by now 😂 love it. Thank You

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  • Andrew Dollard

    Amazing video. Also where can I find a good carving knife?

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  • Robert Emerson

    LOL First time seeing your channel/video and my eyes keep popping out watching the huge pieces you're slicing off the hat. It looks extremely aggressive but you certainly know your stuff. Very cool so far and motivating me to try the next time we have fresh branches fall on our dead end street. We all throw them in one pile so there's always sticks. 👍

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  • Ryan Bundy

    This is honestly so wholesome with the dog and the birds in the background and I love it so much

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  • Kelly Connor

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video! As a complete beginner it was incredibly helpful for my daughter and I 😊

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  • Earl Nowotny

    A man , I love your video s ! But do you have any cartoon looking girl faces ? Cuz my little girl wants to widdle a girl.

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  • SAGE Shocked

    Who just came from his Instagram and saw some satisfying stuff and wanted more

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  • Water Lili

    They look so cute.

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  • kraliçe y

    Elinize sağlık, hangi ağacı kullandınız

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  • John Majerle

    You have a nice looking dog in the background 🙂

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  • Justin Forrest

    Amazing. Ive always wanted to learn carving and i came across your channel and subscribed. Thank you!

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  • Adrian Barrion

    sir what kind of wood did use in this video?

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  • Back to the Basics 101

    New subscriber here

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  • Gene Burgess

    Great carvings,you are talented

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  • Piper Summers

    Very very cool, thanks for showing us how you work!

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  • Dr Rik Rodriguez

    Thank you for showing me how to make those little dudes! You make it look to easy!

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  • Max Mayhem

    Thanks for this! I'm not a wood carver (yet) but am making some broom handle "diddly bows" and was thinking about carving some sort of totem at the top of the stick for decoration. A hillbilly would be perfect!

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  • JONGOS TIDUR

    Very nice..i like

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  • David Archer

    I made my first carving thanks to this video. Thank you sir!

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  • Dave G

    Maybe call it, little whittle?

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  • inkybinky schpinky

    I have just made one! I used the small knife on a victorinox. I've wanted to be able to do this since I was a kid. Just wondered, what sort of paint do you use please?

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  • OffbeatNoodles

    What’s the best wood for this, I tried a solid basswood and maybe it’s the carving knife but I’m having a hell of a time going at it lol

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  • Mario Cormier

    Thanks for this very nice and well done video on how to be in the moment when carving…great…

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  • Shelby Madere

    Fantastic! I laughed so hard when you “found” that stick lol! This is was a marvelous watch!

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  • Bob Dobalina

    Hardwood is not called hardwood because of its hardness, it's whether it's deciduous or not. Balsa is a hardwood.

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  • gary stewart

    Tommy Chong?

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  • 52memor

    GREAT !!!!!

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  • Mountain Top Homestead

    Your video is so nice to see. Your inline funny😂😂 with “your don’t be dumb” line. Thanks for the lesson on this 5 min guy

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  • Barbara Gingras

    😁💚 you are fun to watch

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  • Spectre 37

    Tak kurwa ok, ok, ok.

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  • Francesca Tabor-Miolla

    How wonderful, thank you so much For sharing your knowledge and information with us Doug This is a new interest fo me And after watching your video I feel it’s doable, fun and satisfying.

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  • Glenda Cobb

    I can’t believe how this is. You have a fantastic talent! Great imagination!

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  • Dunlap Crusader

    Got to try that! Better than sitting on my but doing nothing☺

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  • sherm dog

    1M views. Pretty awesome 👍

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  • Squat251

    I love how there's no wind noise until you mention that it might be a problem.

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  • Darin Bell

    Thanks for sharing. I’d like to start trying my hand at doing that.

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  • Jez Harris

    these faces would look great carved round the perimeter of a table.just going to try my first whitle

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  • ruddy arrow

    The finding a stick bit was awesome.

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  • Austin Downing

    Don't do wood carving on your throat. Lol thanks for the tip.

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  • JoesDogsa WebSlinger

    Dude i rolled out of my bed loling at the chainsaw part, subbed

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  • Amy Highfield

    Like watching a wood wizard 🧙‍♂️

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  • MsEJMcLaren

    Great video! These would be fantastic on the ends of natural wooden walking staves.

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  • Marcela Rodriguez

    that is one sharp pocket knife !! LOl Thank you for sharing this
    !!!

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  • debido2u

    Fascinating!! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing skills.
    I live in So Cal. The only way I would be able to just ‘go out and find a stick’ I’ll need to buy a chainsaw lol.

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  • Always Bolt the Bird

    For some reason driving down the road and stopping to chainsaw a random tree for a stick made me laugh too hard

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  • Daniel Harrell

    I think the most difficult part for me so far is the initial mustache cut. Can’t seem to figure out how to round the cuts. But you seem to be doing a nice job!

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  • cloudytokes

    the clip of you and the chainsaw by the road cracked me up 🤣

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  • Adonis Nomos

    Tommy Chong’s brother?

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  • IETCHX69

    I make stuff out of wood and stone . Half the things I make I love . Some ..SOSO . yours . I LIKE . NO SOSO ..!

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  • Mike Price

    That is really neat,thanks.

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  • VIDEO EPPO

    I've Dengue. Not allowed to touch any tools. So I started do this resting on chair. It has come out good. Your video helped me get out of boredom and turn all negative thoughts into positivity and creativity. Letting you know that you helped me in a really unique way

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  • Roman Funk

    Теперь это моё любимое видео! ))) Огромное спасибо за идею. Хотел украсить вернаду на даче такими старичками, а тут целое пособие по из воспроизведению. Еще была идея вставить в рот трубку курительную, а в трубку приладить спираль от комаров на лето!

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  • basil fawlty

    For a moment there I thought you were Tommy Chong

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