Coat of Arms commission #1: 4 hours of work.

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 07-06-2007 04:55 AM 913 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My 2007 big carving project was put on hold due to and Coat of Arms commission so I’m going to post this carvings process for you. This carving will be a relief on a 1” X 10” X 12” piece of maple.

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This is my carving station.

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This is where I removed the shield area down to different levels to give it the look of depth because this will just be a pickled finish when completed.

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This is one of the real reasons why one should wear safty glasses! If you look close the router bit I was using broke for no good reason and thru broken pieces and left one still in the wood. Luckly nothing hit me nor did it screw up my carving.

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This is after 4 hours of work. I’m not the fastest carver.LOL.

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-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 05:05 AM

Work Safe. I had a 1/4” upcut router bit break and the piece just dropped on the floor. It didn’t fly or anything.

But I don’t believe that you can always expect that kindness.

Looking good Rog.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-06-2007 05:20 AM

Hi Roger;

Looks like your making good progress to me, particuarly considering it’s maple.

Amen to the safety glasses.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-06-2007 05:51 AM

I expect nothing but amazing things from you Roger. Can’t wait to see the progress on this. Glad to hear no vital pieces were hit (you or wood).

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 07-06-2007 01:27 PM

It looks like it’s coming along nicely. Remember, ”haste makes waste”.

I’ve had 1/4” bits break, I’ve had better luck with 1/2” bits.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 07-06-2007 07:06 PM

Congratulations on your commission! I’m glad that the router bit didn’t mess you up or your work. It is a scary thing to see such failures. All I have are 1/4” bits, but the more I see them fail the more I tell myself that I need to invest in some 1/2” ones.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-07-2007 06:08 AM

So glad you’re showing this as a work in progress. I have such a hard time visualizing the carving process. I also have a particular interest in geneology, so I’m especially eager to see how this one evolves.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 07-07-2007 12:44 PM

Thanks fellows I’ll keep you posted with the progress.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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