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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #1: Class Description

03-02-2011 11:43 PM by MyChipCarving | 74 comments »

Hello and welcome to the first (of many ;-) LJ Chip Carving Class.I’ll be leading you step-by-step through this class which is sure to be a lot of fun. Skill level: All levels! I will provide instruction every step of the way! Beginners are my specialty :-). Advanced chip carvers are welcome too. Who knows, you might learn something along the way. Age level: 12 years and up Tools, equipment needed: Chip carving knife (If you need a knife and order one from the My Chip Carving S...

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Stationary box, chip carving #1: Chip carved top

02-28-2011 04:46 PM by MyChipCarving | 6 comments »

Last night I applied the pattern to the top of this 16×9” stationary box top and got started on the chip carving. This is a fun one, for sure. I created this design after looking many times at a table cloth pattern. I knew that table cloth design could be chip carved so I used the basic layout and created this design to fit the top of this box. Stay tuned for more carving on this box…Martyhttps://www.MyChipCarving.com

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Fireplace mantle #1: Fireplace surround, future mantle carving

02-22-2011 05:14 PM by MyChipCarving | 1 comment »

This fireplace surround is in my retreat center – http://www.RedBarnRetreats.comI made it using old barn boards from the original barn. All I have to do is grout the tile and install the switch.Another project to check off the list! I’ve already made the basswood mantle board that I will chip carve. When it is done I’ll remove the barn boards on the face and install the one that’s carved. Planning ahead, doncha know!

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Holly pattern, Chip Carving, add color? #1: Chip carved plate, add color?

02-16-2011 06:21 PM by MyChipCarving | 21 comments »

I’m wondering what you think about my adding some color to this chip carved plate. From the start I’d planned on adding a light, transparent, oil-based green color to the leaves and red to the berries.But now that I’ve gotten this far in the finishing process, I really like the way it looks and I’m chickening out when it comes to doing anything else to this chip carving.What do you think?

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carving "Thunderbolt" #9: Mechanics completed !

02-11-2011 07:10 AM by mpounders | 6 comments »

Thanks to unusual snow-fall amounts in Arkansas, I’ve had a few days off and have been able to get the mechanics and a good portion of the base completed. I am a better wood-carver than I am a wood-worker, but I keep trying, thanks to all the inspiring projects people post on Lumberjocks! The construction and design are pretty simple, which is about all I can handle. I wanted a base that would be steady, when the toy is cranked, and I wanted it to be a little tall, to attract attent...

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carving "Thunderbolt" #8: a Tail at last!

02-05-2011 07:45 AM by mpounders | 4 comments »

We got a little snow in Arkansas today, so I finally had an opportunity to get a bit more done. He does look better with a tail, just like a few of you suggested! I was able to use an 1/8” dowel for joining it to the body and I feel better about it being more solid. Rather than just butting it together with the dowel as a tenon of sorts, I outlined the base of the tail on the rump and then carved a hole for it to fit into. A little carving and sanding after the glue dried made this ...

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Classic chip carved box ready for a finish

02-04-2011 05:46 PM by MyChipCarving | 10 comments »

This classic box is for a friend’s son, when he turns 13. My next step is to spray on an amber shellac finish.

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carving "Thunderbolt" #7: Heads Up!

01-31-2011 06:53 PM by mpounders | 6 comments »

I got the head finished and glued on this weekend! It turned out ok…ears may be a bit long?You may notice that the ears are slightly darker…...they were soaked with the thin CA glue after carving, to strengthen this delicate area. Pretty sturdy now. Carving is “subtractive-sculpture” in that you take away wood to create. And a lot of what you “see” is what is also the negative spaces created. The shadows that are created give depth and create ill...

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carving "Thunderbolt" #6: Shrinking Heads?

01-27-2011 07:39 PM by mpounders | 3 comments »

I quickly discovered I had way too much wood for this head, much too wide! So I spent a lot of time whittling it down to a better fit! I may have to shrink it a bit more, but I am still mainly trying to get the rough shapes. Better too much than not enough I suppose. I did add some difficulty to the carving by choosing to do the mane like I have. With a mane that just lays down on the neck, you can just round over and shape the neck, then carve your hair out of that. Since this sti...

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carving "Thunderbolt" #5: saddle completed and starting to get a head

01-26-2011 05:25 PM by mpounders | 10 comments »

Finished the simple details on the saddle and have the horn stuck in place temporarily. It may need to be cut down a bit more. I would normally do the stirrups, but you can’t see many saddle details when the rider is mounted. I used a stoning technique on the cowboy’s chaps to try and give the effect of angora or goat-skin chaps….may need to do it a bit heavier. “Stoning” is a process of using a dremel or other rotary tool with an abrasive wheel or cyl...

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