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Playing Around with Carving #4: Carving Class

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Today I took an introduction to relief carving class at the local Woodcraft store. The class was focused on carving an oak leaf and acorns using a piece of Basswood. This was my first experience at relief carving. I am an absolute beginner. I have to say I really enjoyed this and will be setting time aside to carve as much as I can. I would also say I have extreamly happy with the Ashley Iles carving chisels. They arrived sharp, are very substantal and they cut basswood like a hot knive through butter. I am really glad I started with quality tools.

The work piece was secured to a simple jig using double sided tape. The jig is made from a 2×4, a 2×2, and a piece of plywood screwed together. This is then mounted in a bench vice. The bottom part of the 2×4 is cut away to fit around the screw in the bench vice.

The next step was to trace the pattern onto the work piece. This was done by going over the lines using a ball point pen and making indentations onto the surface of the work piece.

Carving

Then I used a straight chisel to outline the shape of the pattern. The intent is to establish a boarder between the item being carved and the background. Once you have an area outlined, we used a gouge to remove material up to the edge of the carving.

Carving

Once you have the carving outlined, you need to decide if your going to have a boarder or not. I chose to add a boarder using a viener tool. You then remove material from the boarder into the carving.

You start the process with a deeper gouge (higher sweep) and move to a shallow gouge to smooth out the background

Progress

I used the viener tool to create the viens in the leaves.

I then started to remove material to offset the second leave so that it appears to be behind the top leaf

Then started carving the detail in each part of the leaves…

I basically got through carving parts of all leaves when we reached the end of the class. I would say that it was a lot of fun, though I was pretty beat. I spent most of the day alternating between standing on one leg and sitting in the wheelchair.

Here is a photo of an acorn carved on one of the other students carvings. I need to build myself something to hold the work and then complete the carving.

This is where I ended the day.

Things I learned

- Sharp quality tools are a joy to carve with
- I want more tools. I can see why you would want more to get into specific places and make specific cuts
- Relief carving is something I really enjoy
- Proper work holding and work height is very important

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



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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#1 posted 1124 days ago

Nice job best of all you enjoyed yourself.

-- Dale, Ohio

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peteg

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#2 posted 1123 days ago

Relief carving has always appealed you me but I have never realy “had a go”, thats a nice little journey you have taken us on & produced a good result.
Nice job Wayne & tk’s for the post :)))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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llwynog

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#3 posted 1123 days ago

Wayne,
Sculpting is fun. It must be great to actually attend a course about it.
How is your leg healing ? Are you seeing the end of the tunnel ?

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Karson

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#4 posted 1123 days ago

Wayne: nice job, I can see where that could be lots of fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1123 days ago

Thanks guys. I’m going to do a lot more of this.

Fabrice, I’m still healing very slow. I see the doctor again in about a month. Hopefully there will be some improvement then.

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

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#6 posted 1123 days ago

Wayne, that’s a nice job and I’ll bet that you really learned a lot from the class and enjoyed it. I surely did enjoy reading about it and seeing the pictures. Congratulations.

-- 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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WayneC

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#7 posted 1123 days ago

Thanks Hellu, I just need to make sure I keep after it.

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

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#8 posted 1123 days ago

That looks like a wonderful time.
You move fast now, really nice looking carving you are doing.
Thank you for sharing this with us, I learn by looking.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#9 posted 1123 days ago

Wayne,
What a great blog… I really like all the steps shown, it is fun when you enjoy what you are doing and I can tell that you do!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 1123 days ago

Hey, Wayne, you’ll keep after it. If you don’t I’ll give you a swift kick in the butt. ;-) Also, if I don’t keep after it you promise me that you’ll give me a swift kick in the butt also. ;-) We started being serious about it about the same time so I’m going to watch you and be pulling for you every step of the way. It’s something that you want to do and you should do it because you owe it to yourself, buddy. God Bless.

-- 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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#11 posted 1123 days ago

Well done Wayne. Keep up the good work buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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WayneC

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#12 posted 1123 days ago

Thanks Chuck. My brain is working through how I am going to set something up to carve on at home. The shop and workbenches are not an option at the moment. My wife even has my portable work table tied up with a project….lol

Hellu, Will do.

Thanks Grumpy.

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

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Tony

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#13 posted 1122 days ago

You make it look so simple – this is an inspiration to a lot of us, I just wish I had my carving tools with me, not that I have a lot of spare time at the moment :(

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 1122 days ago

Wayne, I was just looking at your avatar (I assume your dog). I’ve noticed it before. I believe that most dogs know how to smile but I think sometimes it’s hard to notice in the face of some dogs when they are smiling or not. Your dog is one of those dogs that you can definitely tell when and when they are not smiling. That dog was definitely smiling when that picture was taken. You probably know all of this anyways. That dog has a very friendly face and I’ll bet he (looks like a male to me) makes you a wonderful friend and companion. I just thought that I would share this with you. I have owned some dogs like that myself.

-- 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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WayneC

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#15 posted 1122 days ago

She is actually my daugher’s dog and is female. My daughter is about 3 years out of the house now in college, so Ellie (avatar dog) hangs with me most of the time. She is sleeping right here at the moment.

My daughter and her dog.
Lauren and Ellie

This is the dog (Jason) that considers me his own personal human
Jason running by

Jason doing his favorite thing…
Jason Herding

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

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