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Layout and Design considerations for Wood Carvings

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Blog series by mpounders updated 03-01-2012 08:48 PM 3 parts 5810 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Grain direction

02-27-2012 10:59 PM by mpounders | 6 comments »

A lot of tutorials seem to start with the mechanical parts of the project, rather than some of the planning or layout stages. Stefang asked about information for gluing up blocks for carving so I thought I would do a few blogs about this stage of carving, the preparation of materials before you carve. Wood is a moving, changing material, and certain aspects such as density, moisture content, grain, and size can affect the design of a project. I am no expert, so feel free to disagree with a...

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Part 2: Glue-ups for large carvings

02-29-2012 10:55 PM by mpounders | 3 comments »

If you are carving basswood or tupelo, the largest pieces you can get are ususally 4×4 or 4×6 in various lengths (although some companies will custom cut it for you). So you will have to glue pieces together for anything larger. Large panels for relief carvings also are usually glued up, but they present some different issues, that we can discuss. If a piece will be carved on all four sides, or all around (an “in-the-round” carving), then it is usually not as affected...

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Part 3: Patterns and Blanks

03-01-2012 08:48 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

For an in-the-round carving, a pattern or photo with a front and a profile view are most useful. Sometimes a view of all 4 sides can be helpful whencarving, but generally only two are needed for sawing out the blank. A coping saw or scroll saw can be used, but generally a bandsaw with a 3/16”, 4TPI blade is the best way to go. Here is my pattern and I was careful that the front and side lined up at important points like the belt, boots and shoulders. I decided to do the arms as s...

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