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Almost ready to paint

03-08-2012 05:35 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

I’ve finished carving all the details and have almost finished burning them. The wood burner helps add shadows to the carved areas and also helps to keep different colors of paint in different sections from bleeding into each other. I don’t set it high enough to blacken the wood; I want it to cut the wood and slightly brown it. I can use a knife to scrape or cut areas that are too dark and I may hit it with a bristle sander also, to reduce the contrast. You can see in this picture...

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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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Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #2: Supplies

03-03-2011 07:09 PM by MyChipCarving | 30 comments »

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 &...

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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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Slim Chickens

03-16-2012 03:22 PM by mpounders | 6 comments »

This is the second carving in the scene I am doing with the little cowgirl. She will be walking her chicken on a leash. I have some friends who keep a few chickens and I am always accusing them of dressing their chickens up and treating them like pets. I suspect getting them to wear a hat might require some extra feed though! I still have to burn and paint this, after I complete the legs and feet. I used 20gauge copper wire and solder to get the basic armature for the legs and feet. I&...

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The Maloof Library Series #13: A Maloof Inspired Dining Chair

10-24-2012 02:55 AM by ScottMorrison | 2 comments »

Hi everyone. For those of you who’ve been waiting for the dining chair templates to finally be released, thank you for your patience. The Templates are now available HERE It’s a great project – perfect for a set of four or more. I know you’ll really enjoy building them and even more…using them around your dining table. Thanks for looking!

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Cello#8 final contours and hollowing out the back

03-06-2011 12:50 AM by techyman2 | 6 comments »

Hi all,THe last entry saw the contour shapes made. These were chacked against the cross section templates. I need to check the form is accurate against the contour plan. Remember the plan shown below. It is used to make comparisons with the existing contours on the cello back. THe contours are drawn on to the back using a simplistic type of surface gauge aka a bit of wood with a pencil held on to a flat surface. The pencil point is set at the height of the contour and this is ma...

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Playing Around with Carving #6: Finished my carving fixture

07-31-2011 01:08 AM by WayneC | 11 comments »

I got my carving fixture completed today. Now I should be able to make some more progress on the carving. Been going slow because I have been focused on rehabilitation of my leg. Finally able to put a little weight on it (30%) and this means increased exercise, physical therapy and such. I’m still adjusting to the new level of activity. The fixture is made from some borg 3/4”by 24” by 24” plywood squares. I laminated two sheets together for the top to support...

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Chip carving patterns #1: Coasters

02-23-2010 06:07 AM by lovestoys | 3 comments »

Just a pattern I’ve been playing with. Pretty basic approach to a rosette. The outer dimension is 3 1/2” square. The pattern starts with approximately a 10mm border. Enjoy.

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"Methods to My Madness: Designing and Carving a Cane" #3: Shaping the handle

11-11-2010 05:53 PM by mpounders | 10 comments »

It is usually easier to drill any holes needed in the handle before you actually start shaping it. I just clamp it up and use the drill press to drill my holes…. the one in the shaft is usually drilled with a cordless drill. I like to use a 5/16 or larger threaded rod to join the handles to the shaft. Some people prefer wooden tenons and use it as part of the design with an exposed wedged tenon. You do have to carve or shape that tenon on the shaft unless you use a wooden dowel. I pref...

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