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...
Just finishing up a few minor details with this cane, gluing the pieces together and taking it for a test-drive.. I seem to spend a lot of time on some of these details, but they are as important as the carving and other work. A beautiful carving doesn’t seem to go with a poorly constructed cane and vice versa. I like to walk at least a few miles with my sticks, to make sure they feel right and are comfortable for the future owner. I have been thinking a lot about how the antler is ...
The carving is finished on this stationary box and I added some texture to the corner designs.I’m toying with the idea of texturing the oval border shapes on the front and top.What do you think?
After transferring my design to the basswood, I started carving by using a #11 veiner to outline the leaves and deer. I then remove the background using a #3 and use different knives to start shaping and undercutting. I use #9s and #11s to add some shape to the leaves. At this point, I am only leaving the central stem of the leaf and will either burn the other veins or possibly use a burnishing tool. I use a blue stone and a ruby bit to sand out some of the areas in the leaves. I start...
YAPPING inloud #2: Uncle Joe Died, Wish he was closer to me when I was younger so I could learn from him..
My Uncle Joe Dies a few days ago and while I can’t say I knew him well I wish I did. His hobby was “Chip Carving” and he was up in ” Master Land” Doing it… here are some examples of his work He will be missed.. Last year he sent me a package with a chip knife and a Video Tape (that I couldn’t watch)and a small pile of wood that he had taken the time to layout and cut several designs into over and over and over.To help teach me the...
I have been exchanging emails for several months with a lady regarding a cane design for her father. Her father has hunted extensively and has strong connections to Minnesota and Colorado. I had some ideas for a design and we refined those ideas over several months. The lady wanted to use wood from Minnesota and Colorado for the cane and for it to have hunting themes and connections to places important to her father. This is to be a gift to her father from her and her brothers for this Fa...
I have been painting on this guy for about a week and still haven’t got him finished! There are a lot of little details and it just seems to take a while. I hate not to be carving, but I really don’t mind the painting that much, at least not like some carvers do! It can really add to a good carving, depending on the subject or style of the carving and I learned to draw and paint a long time before I started carving. I use different painting techniques, but I’ll describe ...
I used to do woodburning with a single temperature pen, similar to a soldering iron, that I purchased at a hobby store. I had some success with it and you can create some nice stuff with it, but that is probably due more to the talent of the user than the quality of the tool! Pyrographis technology has improved since then and after a lot of reading, I decided to spend $130 on a variable temperature unit with a replaceable tip pen. Wow! Tremendous difference, like going from crayons to pen...
Applying a finish to your completed chip carving is a “make or break” step. Do it well and your chip carving comes to life and is something wonderful to behold. Do it poorly and your carving loses the beauty and the finish detracts from the chip carved design. Follow this lesson closely from start to finish and you’ll find success with each chip carving you complete from here on out. I call this the My Chip Carving Quick & Easy Finish Step 1 – Remove leftover...
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