I completed as much carving on the handle as I could and then epoxied it to the shaft. The shaft is also basswood and i used a 5/16th threaded rod about 6 inches long epoxied in place. I decided how I wanted the tail wrapped around, outlined it with a v gouge and then rounded it over and relieved the background. I carved down the back of the lizard where the tail joins the shaft to get a smooth transition. The customer doesn’t want this guy painted, but the scale patterns I will bur...
I was contacted a while back by a lady in California who had seen the cane I carved from a Bradford Pear branch. She rescues and has raised monitor lizards and was interested in buying a cane from me. I came up with a design and she approved it. She did want the head lifted a bit and she especially liked the “expression” of the other lizard. Here is the design I came up with. She wanted something that looked like the lizard was sitting on the handle, rather than part of or ...
Today I received the brass flare caps that will become the ferrules. The handles all have several coats of oil finish and just glow with an invitation to pick them up. These caps were $0.59 each! The cheapest big box price was $1.19. http://www.installationpartssupply.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_code=fittings-brass-flare-cap#.UUO3GPV1N8F Says they’re back ordered, but I got them within two weeks. After contacting them, they told me they normally don’t stock...
I got a NEW lathe! So now I can turn longer shafts for canes and other things. Really pleased with it. Here is a cane I’m doing as a commission, with an antler handle and a lot of carving on the shaft. The designs are based on leatherworking patterns and will cover most of the cane. May end up having to keep it! I am working on a design for another lizard cane, a lady here in Arkansas may want a couple of canes, and a gentleman in Canada has contacted me about a Santa staff. Hopeful...
I am in search of a tool to scallop flat wood. I would like to create chips that range in size from 1” square to 1” x 3” long. Regular gouging chisels can make small “pea size” scallops. I have looked at Rockler, Lie-Neilson, Lee Valley, Woodcraft, and Woodworkers.com. Any suggestions? Charlie
This Week I show you how to make a folding out feed table for your table saw. This design was based after an article and plan found in a 2009 issue of Woodworker’s Journal Magazine. Originally the plan was designed for a Cabinet saw with a Biesemeyer Fence System, so I had to make some slight modifications for my Porter Cable Saw. In this 3 part video series I show you a step by step on building this project as well as talk about the modifications I had to make. The Article and plans ca...
Hi Everyone, this is my first time trying to do a blog. So please bear with me, I’ll do my best!I have had a lot of request to do a blog about my rings, I do 2 kinds of rings. The Lamination style and the Bentwood style, this blog is on the Lamination style. This ring is made out of Cocobolo, Brass and has a Mother- of-Pearl inlay. I start out with 3 thin squares of Cocobolo, about a 1.5”, I have a thin sheet of brass that I cut about the same size as the wood. I lay them out to o...
I am new to this site, came across it an hour ago or so. Im 19 and started a course in joinery a few months ago, i do a carving course on thursdays. This is my first carving done, in walnut (I designed myself). I am quite pleased with it but would be nice to get some feedback. I hope to post more photos later on in my course.Niki
To wet your appetite for what’s ahead, here’s a picture of what we’ll be carving in this class. Martywww.MyChipCarving.com866-444-6996
Welcome to another chip carving class! In this class I will take you step-by-step through the process of chip carving a wine bottle holder. We’ll start things rolling in early March. This leaves you plenty of time to sharpen your knife and gather needed supplies. Here’s a list of what we’ll be using: Basswood wine bottle holder (we’ll be carving a different pattern than the one shown) Chip carving knife (I’ll be using the My Chip Carving Knives like the ...
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