Lesson 1, Part 2 – How to sharpen your chip carving knife As a kid, did you ever grab that old hand saw hanging in your dad’s garage and try to cut a board with it?I know I did! No wonder my dad didn’t do any woodworking. I would’ve be better off taking karate lessons and breaking the board with my fist. A dull tool in the shop leads to burn marks, ratty edges, and wandering cuts. Not only that, but it requires a lot more force on your part which can lead to inju...
So we left off after we carved the mouth and teeth in the first blog and it looked something like this. It will really start taking shape quickly now, when we start removing massive quantities of wood. First we do the stop cuts on the corners under the brim of the hat and then remove those chips, to make the hair go under the hat. Remove that same chip in the back also, I shape the beard so that it curves to a bit of a curl at the front, and round over any edges. I’m trying to us...
Time to start with some curves – I’ve created a pattern that’s based on an article that Wayne Barton published about designing your own leaf patterns. I did a simple leaf, and just reflected it around the boundary. I put in a tulip pattern in the center, but feel free to fill the center with a design of your own.
If you need supplies for class, I’ll be glad to send them to you.I’ll be posting the first session on Monday, March 7th, but you can always start anytime during the week. Order as many squares as you like. I’ll be providing plenty of patterns to choose from.Send an email to Marty@MyChipCarving.com to let me know what you need. Shipping is Priority Mail. Swiss cutting knife w/free sharpening $24.95 6” basswood square – $1.50 4” basswood square &...
From time to time I had done a bit of practice carving , pyrography and edge finger jointing on some scrap pine so I wondered if I could work this up into something to fit the underwater theme of the band saw project. The idea of a cuttlefish and its prey began to take a vague shape in my imagination. So I penciled in some outlines and started carving. Not very promising yet but things should get better.
Lesson 4: Proper Technique Needed in this lesson: chip carving knife, basswood practice board, mechanical pencil, t-square We’ve all heard many times that “practice makes perfect”. But really this is faulty advice. It’s not “practice” that makes perfect, but rather, “perfect practice makes perfect”. This is very true when it comes to chip carving. Developing proper technique from the start will lead to good results in short order and a ...
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see Nature at all. But, to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself.” — William Blake, Letter to the Reverend John Trusler, August 23, 1799 Jason Tennant is grounded. He is rooted in his place with strength and dignity, not so distinct from the trees surrounding him. Before ...
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
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...
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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