oh, my shoulder and forearm!!! I’m building muscles that I didn’t even know I had!
Thanks to CarverRog and his beautiful chip carving, I had to go purchase a chip-knife to give it a try. Well this morning, I’m trying (TRYING—not actually “doing”) chip-carving and my arm is sore! This is hard work.
The Learning Curve
1. if these lines are supposed to be 4mm apart I’m going to have to get new glasses—that is teeny tiny work to lay out the pattern. I’m sure that there has to be an easier way!
2. my perfectionism gene does not pertain to drawing out 4mm line patterns – which is the basis of the design that I have been practicing with. Ha. If this process does nothing else, it will get me to become more precise in my work
3. draw precise: carve precise!! Now that is harder than it looks. The chip knife (other than the edge) is not 4 mm in size!
4. don’t try to run before you can walk—a lot of chipped out wood that shouldn’t have been chipped out because of trying (what I now know to be) a more difficult pattern.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)