I Chip Carved Four Plaques

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 07-19-2011 02:57 PM 4928 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The weekend before last I chip carved the following four basswood plaques (one not pictured yet). I’ve been practicing free form chip carving for about three months and these types of patterns are what I have been generally using. I’m hoping that I can soon get good enough to decorate things like wooden jewelry boxes and similar wooden items. In a leisurely 2 day weekend I can usually average about 4 plaques per weekend.

I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m going to keep on practicing every weekend.

I encourage anyone who has a desire to learn how to chip carve to not put it off. You should contact a fellow Lumberjock like Marty with MyChipCarving . He’s the one who got me started after many months of procrastinating. He’s a fine teacher and a great chip carver. Thanks, Marty. I enjoy chip carving – it’s fun and it’s a great way to decorate projects made out of wood.

I have always wanted to learn how to carve letters on wood. Letter carving gives you a way that will allow you to make wooden signs and personalized boxes and plaques. My letters have a lot of flaws still but every letter that I carve teaches me something new so I will learn to be patient.

I have a long way to go but I’m improving slowly and will keep on trying to learn.

Thanks for looking.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 02:59 PM

Charles, those are very nice !

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-19-2011 03:05 PM

WOW! My mouth is open on these! I absolutely LOVE the last one! I so want to try this! I have all the stuff and only need another several hours a day try! You are my inspiration though and I am determined to give it a go after seeing your beautiful work. I loved seeing the stuff on your last post, too but this stuff really looks awesome.

Thanks so much for showing it. It is so cool! Marty is a great teacher too!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-19-2011 03:24 PM

Wow! Those are spectacular!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 07-19-2011 03:24 PM

Nice work, those looks real nice.

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 03:39 PM

These are really spectacular!

With this talent, you certainly will be able to add another wonderful dimension to any project you build.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-19-2011 05:05 PM

Toolz, Sheila, Ellen, Charles, and Lew, I so much appreciate all of your kind words of encouragement. Your words are really encouragement to me to keep on learning by doing which is invariably the most important way to learn in woodworking. Thanks so much.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 07-19-2011 05:48 PM

Wow. Your really doing well. All the time spent is paying big dividends.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 07-19-2011 06:31 PM

looks pro to me charles

and the feelings come thru

glad you are enjoying yourself

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-19-2011 07:25 PM

Wow! looks like you bin doing it for a very long time Charles!

-- -Thomas -

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#10 posted 07-19-2011 08:45 PM

You are getting pretty darn good at this stuff. Carving is the one thing that I really haven’t really even attempted yet (unless you count carving me and my girlfriends initials in a tree when I was 11) other than maybe some whitlling along the way.

Nice work Sir. I should have rung your bell recently. I was in Norcross a couple of weekends ago. Not too far from your neck of the woods.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#11 posted 07-19-2011 09:24 PM

I have to agree, Charles, these look great. Any of us would be proud to develop this skill, as you have. These plaques certainly an inspiration for those of us who are not chip carvers to start working with this technique.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 07-20-2011 12:38 AM

ditto what everyone else has said

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 07-20-2011 03:04 AM

Those look great. Nice design and hand work. I hope to pick up this skill some day. Pretty good for three months.


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#14 posted 07-20-2011 02:57 PM

Wayne, David, Tag, Doc, Scott, Rustic, and Jeff – I thank you so much for all of your kind words and your encouragement – and you do encourage me to keep going and get better.

However, I will say that you do not have the advantage of seeing these plaques in person. Everyone of them has flaws in them and I see all of the flaws. The flaws don’t come through the photographs. I won’t say that these plaques are bad but I want to do them better. Before I do each one I say that I’m going to do this one right but I never do. There are always flaws that disappoint me but I don’t let it discourage me. When I get through with one I look at it and I say the next time I will do better but sometimes it’s worse. So my progress is slow and sometimes two steps forward and one step back. I wish that I could carve every day and not just wait for the weekends. That would be better but it’s impossible unless I can start doing it when I get home but I’m tired when I get home from work. I also wish that I could go to some classes. This would be hard also. So I will just keep on doing what I’m doing – I don’t know what else to do but what I’m doing.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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