Acanthus carvings #1: First 5 hours.

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 08-09-2007 12:25 PM 1666 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There was some interest in me bloging another carving and it happens to be a couple of acanthus carvings for the last Coat of Arms I bloged. This one is my design this time.

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These are approx. 6 1/2” X 14” each and this time they will be made from poplar wood.

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The last blog I didn’t show you my sharpening area which is to the right of where I carve. I have not found any better or quicker way to sharpen my carving tools than with this Jooltool. This is hands down the best I have found. It does struggle with sharpening knife blade a little bit though.

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This is after c5 hours of work which includes cutting out the acanthus itself.

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-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 08-09-2007 01:08 PM

Neat, Rog!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 08-09-2007 01:21 PM

just amazing

are we going to see a video of your sharpening technique?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 08-09-2007 02:01 PM

I wish I could but I don’t have a video camera. I’m looking into it though. Until I get a camera you can go to and see their vedio.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 08-09-2007 03:31 PM

Great work Roger.

Thanks for the sharpener tip!


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#5 posted 08-09-2007 03:35 PM

Thanks Roger, please keep this up, but with more description of the tools you use each time. I’ve bought some books on carving and would like to know more.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 08-09-2007 05:24 PM

you are a master carver Roger. Thanks for sharing the process with us.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 08-09-2007 11:38 PM

I wish I could do that….maybe if I practice for 40 years or so.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 08-10-2007 09:18 AM

I’ve tried to do an acanthus and never did finish it – to see your work in progress is pretty inspiring…thanks!

Bob – but you can inlay geckos and sharks! 40 years! yeah right – with your drive?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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