Medal Chest #9: Finishing the Carving

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 04-22-2013 12:24 PM 813 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Note to my readers:  This entry is part of the secret project I’ve mention previously.  Now that it’s been delivered, I can post this without ruining the surprise…

I put some more time in on the carving….another two days (which is really only about 4 hours), and it’s all done! 

I carefully trimmed the wood to the pencil lines then used chisels to gentle chamfer the edges of the letters and the winged foot.  Then I trimmed an emory board to a point amd used the two sides to sand the edges nice amd smooth. 

To get the shadows on the sandal straps, I undercut the edges, creating a nice line that is subtle but there. 

Finally I needed a way to whole the background less…chaotic. 


I don’t have a curved neck chisel so I couldn’t really get the wavy pattern to go away (the gouges erased some grooves and mad more in a never ending spiral).

So, reading up on the problem led me to the following solution:  I took the mallet and a medium nail set and tapped away.  Every tap left a tiny little circle impressed in the wood.  When I tapped…and tapped…a lot…it created a background that seemed to lower the highpoints and let your eye focus on the raised elememts of the carving.  In effect, the winged foot and initials really pop!!


I am really happy with how this turned out since it’s my first attempt at relief carving!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 01:03 PM

Great job on that!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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