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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #14: Lesson 8 - Applying a Finish

04-04-2011 09:49 PM by MyChipCarving | 19 comments »

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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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #4: Lesson 1, Part 2 - Knife Sharpening

03-10-2011 06:09 PM by MyChipCarving | 3 comments »

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...

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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #12: Lesson 7: Chip Carving Square #3

03-29-2011 08:50 PM by MyChipCarving | 10 comments »

Why this quilt pattern is called “Geese on the Move”, I sure don’t know.But what I do know is that it makes a great quilt square chip carving.I’ll show you how to carve two-sided chips in this lesson. Here you go: Next Lesson: Applying a finish

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Adventures in Carving a Tompson Sub Machine Gun Stock #1: The beginning

01-31-2010 07:04 AM by Jimthecarver | 9 comments »

It was a thursday morning just another day carving at our local carving chapter meeting. In walks a nice elderly gent that had a box of Thompson sub maching gun stocks that never made it to use. They were stored for years, he knew of the carvers and decided to donate them to the club as test projects for us less talented carvers like myself. I inspire to become a great carver someday Dennis Z. in my opinion is truely a great carver.So I decided to take two of them although I was urged to take...

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Playing Around with Carving #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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Burr Cleaning Method

04-03-2012 01:43 PM by Jimthecarver | 4 comments »

To begin, this is not my idea but I have adopted it as a very useful way to clean Dremel burs and similar type rotory bits.I began by turning a piece of 1”X1” plastic material (just somthing I had) wood also works fine. As the pictures show. I then drilled a 1/2” hole leaving about 1/2” from the end …. do not drill completely threw it.Then I bought a Dremel brass brush and put a slight crimp at the end of the shaft about 1” from the brush.I then drilled ...

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Tip of the day! Use a push stick!

01-17-2013 02:59 PM by OregonBurls | 32 comments »

THE ART OF NOT TAKING A TRIP TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM!Yesterday I awoke out of my daze of admiring a quilted maple block with a shocking sensation and blood everywhere. The dull blade on my bandsaw did not help and using my hands to push the beautiful block through didn’t help either. Simple word of advise which many of you can attest too. Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick! Lets say it all together now! Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!Keep your tools sharp and ...

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Mentoring the next generation

02-04-2012 06:51 PM by Eli Adamit | 4 comments »

(Photos are Included below) In a comment on my last project, I was asked by one of the members here in the Ljcks as follows: “I hope you are mentoring somebody from the next generation. What you have learned about “feeling the wood” shouldn’t be lost. So, actually I don’t have a training studio for training for the time being, may be in the future. On the other hand’ I already started to train my grandchild Asaf to carve. When he was 6.5 years old just before entering to the...

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"Carving a Tree Spirit" #3: Cottonwood Bark

12-30-2011 06:03 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

First, you need some bark! You can buy cottonwood bark by the pound and get some really great wood, that is much thicker and wider than what I found in my neighborhood. Or, you may find your own, if you live further north than I do! Look for a tree with thick ragged bark, or the cotton-like flowers(?) when it blooms. Look for dry bark that has fallen off or a tree that is dead. I collected several garbage bags full from a tree that was struck by lightning. I washed mine and scrubbed with a ny...

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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #9: Lesson 4: Proper Technique

03-18-2011 03:24 AM by MyChipCarving | 21 comments »

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 ...

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