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Blog series by WayneC updated 09-17-2011 01:37 AM 11 parts 51233 reads 204 comments total

Part 1: Getting Rolling

06-01-2011 02:11 AM by WayneC | 19 comments »

I had been thinking about playing with carving for a while. I did some exploring in a forum post and decided it would be better to continue the discussion in a blog format. This way I can track my progress. The original post that got this started is located here. There is lots of good information in the forum post on safety and carving resources. I’ve decided to start with chip carving for several reasons. First, I am currently temorarly stuck in a wheel chair/walker due to a fal...

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Part 2: ZOMG! Knife to wood

06-11-2011 06:02 AM by WayneC | 17 comments »

I finally have most things together and sat down to play some. I wanted to do some simple 3 corner chips. I started by sanding a practice board to 220 grit. I reviewed Marty’s video and then drew out the pattern. Drawing the pattern was harder than I anticipated. I need a better mechanical pencil and possibly a better metric ruler. 2mm and 4mm was much smaller than I anticipated. The drawing was a little uneven, but I really did not worry about it. I was mainly hoping to ge...

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Part 3: Further exploration

06-17-2011 06:50 PM by WayneC | 28 comments »

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 figur...

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Part 4: Carving Class

06-27-2011 04:33 AM by WayneC | 22 comments »

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 kn...

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Part 5: Fixture to hold work for Relief Carving.

06-29-2011 11:21 PM by WayneC | 14 comments »

I am thinking of making a wooden fixture to hold the work piece when doing relief carving. I am trying to work around several constraints. For example, I really do not have access to the tools and equipment in my shop at the moment, so I am thinking of using common lumber that can be obtained from the local Home Depot or similar big box store. Also moving around the work is a hassel with my broken leg, so I would like to be able to be able to quickly rotate the work piece. This makes m...

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Part 6: Finished my carving fixture

07-31-2011 01:08 AM by WayneC | 10 comments »

I got my carving fixture completed today. Now I should be able to make some more progress on the carving. Been going slow because I have been focused on rehabilitation of my leg. Finally able to put a little weight on it (30%) and this means increased exercise, physical therapy and such. I’m still adjusting to the new level of activity. The fixture is made from some borg 3/4”by 24” by 24” plywood squares. I laminated two sheets together for the top to support...

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Part 7: Putting my carving fixture to work

08-07-2011 07:09 PM by WayneC | 6 comments »

I’m participating in Spoontaneous’s Spoon Carving class and spent some time roughing out a spoon this morning. I stole a hold down from my woodworking bench to use in the fixture. Roughing out the bowl Roughing out the outside All and all, I am very pleased with the fixture. I am thinking of making a shaving jig for it. I have some ideas in my head. Otherwise I will have to sneak into Denmark and steal the shave horse Mads is working on...

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Part 8: Mads Inspired Spoon Horse

08-11-2011 02:00 AM by WayneC | 22 comments »

I’ve been playing with spoon carving and thinking that being able to use a spokeshave and drawknife will speed the shaping of the handles. I have clamped the work to my carving bench with some success, but Mads's shave horse has inspired me to think about making a similar solution. I really do not want to tackle a full sized shave horse at this time and I did some thinking about how I could come up with something to use on my carving bench. I am thinking of making a jig simil...

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Part 9: Just Kicking Around today

08-14-2011 06:02 AM by WayneC | 18 comments »

I roughed out another spoon today. I was trying a different handle shape to get a feel for it. Playing with some curves. Also, I’m looking for good ways get a better finish on the spoon bowl. I tried sanding some. I need to get better at making smooth cuts to reduce the work required to finish the spoons. I am thinking of getting some curved knives. That or I need a wider/flatter bent neck gouge. I am thinking of a knife simlar to one of the curved ones from Pinewood For...

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Part 10: Best Lighing for Carving

09-12-2011 01:25 AM by WayneC | 14 comments »

So far, I have been carving outside on my patio and the lighting is great. I’m anticipating that I will have to move inside into my garage based shop as the weather turns colder and wetter. The shop has pretty good fluorescent lighting, but I would not say it is the equavilant of natural light. Does anyone have recommendations for lighting to use for carving. I am thinking that task lighting that could attach to my workbench would be a good option. Any suggestions for how I sho...

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Part 11: Drawknife and bowl adze recommendations

09-17-2011 01:37 AM by WayneC | 34 comments »

I am thinking of getting a set of drawknives built and I am wondering if anyone has any good recommendations. I am thinking of getting some vintage knives. Anyone have recommendations for Brand and other things to look for in the selection of drawknives? I have seen Greenlee, Swan, Wilkenson and some other brands. Is there a brand that excels? Are there good modern knives available? Also, I am looking for a bowl adze. I have seen one that I really like but it is quite spendy. ...

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