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Playing Around with Carving #3: Further exploration

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I’m hoping to get some time today to do some more chip carving. That and sand a broken handplane knob for glue up. Between work and the leg, I am getting behind on the woodworking power curve.

I signed up for a introductory relief carving class at Woodcraft and purchased a basic set of Ashley Iles (Lincoln Set) carving chisels. I can see this is going to be a money sink similar to wood turning. I have a flexcut strop, waterstone for my bench planes, worksharp, etc. But figure I will probably need some profiled stones for the woodcarving tools. Any suggestions?

It was quite interesting to try to find matches to the list of chisels recommended for the class. From a beginner’s perspective sweep selection was overwhelming. For the Ashley Iles I had to convert metric to english and intrepret all of the different sweeps to figure out what was needed for the class Is there a reference chart or something that would help to simplify the process of converting fractional inches to millimeters?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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mafe

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#1 posted 1133 days ago

What a wonderful set of chisels, I get all jealous here. I have a soft spot for Iles you know…
Congrat.
(Since I just got a Stubai set, I better inject cold water in my veins).
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 1133 days ago

Mads, I’m having to slow down my tool buying as well. Difficult when your getting into a new area of woodworking. I guess I could have passed on that Stanley #62. Noooo…. lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 1133 days ago

I know what you mean, not sure I will ever really get into carving, but I think it is really nice to know I have the tools… lol.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 1133 days ago

Wayne, that sure is a mighty pretty set of carving tools. In all of my reading about carving I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Ashley Iiles carving tools so I believe they must be very good tools.

Wayne the simplest way to handle the metric conversion is to use 1” = 25.4mm. I’m going to be posting some of my carvings as well as a blog about the river trip. I lost my camera power supply and my camera cables and have had to order new ones so I can’t get my pictures out of my camera.

Again, that is a beautiful set of tools and I believe that you have made a wise decision. Congratulations. Most of what I have read gives me the feeling that if you get to where you have 18 – 24 carving tools you can get by with that for most everything except the more advanced things. You obviously have a good start with that set and can always add a couple here and a couple there. That’s what I’m doing. Of course I’m just a beginner so take anything that I say with a grain of salt.

Enjoy your beautiful new tools.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 1132 days ago

Check this site out, you can learn a lot of carving tips here.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 1132 days ago

Helluvawreck, I was wondering when we would be hearing about the river trip. I was pretty envious. I’m still a couple of months (hopefully) from having the use of my leg back and being able to get out into the woods. I’m looking forward to the arrival of the tools and getting to work with them. They should be here Tuesday or So and the class is on June 26th.

Dick, thanks for the link to the site. Have any cabin plans for the summer?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 1132 days ago

We hope you mend real soon!

We just went up a week ago to see if it was still there. I cut the grass.

we should be moving up there in about a week. I had a lot of yard work at home.

Our cedar hedge got damaged from some heavy wet snow. Thats kept me pretty busy.

I also had to replace some dead Junipers in front of our front porch planter.

It seems like it takes me a lot longer than in my younger days.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 1132 days ago

I feel that way about things as well Dick. It should be this summer, so take your time and enjoy it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 1128 days ago

Chisels came today. Class is on Sunday. I will take some photos during the class…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 1127 days ago

Wish I could take some classes here in Denmark, wood working has become a ‘out of fashion’ thing here.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 1127 days ago

What about France?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mafe

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#12 posted 1127 days ago

Yes but my French are still really … and the French usually speak absolutly no English…
But I think I will follow your advice and see.
For now as before I learn my self, in my little shop and with my ADSL to the world.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 1127 days ago

Mads, you know thats what I’ve been telling people here and they dont believe me. I went to France a few years ago and I found that they mostly only speak French. I even had a French guy tell me the same thing. In the U.S. people think that everybody in France speaks English but they just dont want to talk to us. haha.

Sorry to digress. I love to hear about Europe. The US is very multicultural (Latin America, Asia, etc.) but we dont run into a lot of Europeans.

I loved it over there. You cant find bad food in France and the people were surprisingly very nice.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 1127 days ago

But, talking about carving and classes… I too bought some chisels to learn how to carve. I realized that even though I have some artistic talent, I could use some instruction. It looks easier on Youtube.

My next project, I’m going to tackle one of those carved boxes that Peter Follansbee does on quarter sawn white oak. Except mine wont be green wood so it will be a little tougher to carve. I’m planning on dampening the wood with denatured alcohol to make it a little easier. We’ll see how that goes.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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WayneC

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#15 posted 1127 days ago

You will have to blog your results, I woud be interested to see how it goes. I figure I am going to be on basswood for a while before I graduate to harder woods…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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