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Project by Colin posted 10-24-2008 05:36 PM 1821 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here are more plates that I have recently completed, I now add some stain to pick out the details a bit more.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#1 posted 10-24-2008 05:56 PM

Very nice, how big around are they? How did you do the etching?

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#2 posted 10-24-2008 06:07 PM

These are great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-24-2008 06:18 PM

A good layout with crisp cuts. I like it.

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#4 posted 10-24-2008 06:36 PM

fantastic job!!
So impressive.

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#5 posted 10-24-2008 06:41 PM

You really should do a blog how you layout and carve these they are so beautiful. thanks for sharing these with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 10-24-2008 07:08 PM

Sweet!!! I really like your chip carving style. Great job, Colin.

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#7 posted 10-24-2008 09:29 PM

Very nice.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#8 posted 10-24-2008 09:32 PM

Very nice chip carving

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#9 posted 10-25-2008 03:36 AM

wow….these are great…Colin…how long do these take.?

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#10 posted 10-25-2008 12:21 PM

Thanks for your comments.

Jockmike2 The large plate is 14” with a 2 1/2” outside border, the smaller plates are 8”

For the large plate.
I have a book of different fonts of varying sizes for the letters and use tracing paper to compile the words, The first thing to do is choose the diameter that the letters will sit on. Each block of words are done seperately and then spaced around the chosen diameter to give balance. Once I have the tracing paper taped in place I slip carbon paper under this and trace through the letters to transfer the designs onto the wood. Then the chip carving begins, followed by the staining and the spray urethane finish.

The little plates are drawn with a compass first of all, with straight lines radiating from the centre point, I simply sub divide the quarters into eights, eights into sixteenths until I get the divisions I am looking for. I then make up curves on a pieces of card and draw this curve from the centre point to touch the outside diameter at one of the radial line junctions, then repeat this all the way round. You can see this clearly on the right hand plate. The centre plate is exactly the same process except with the addition of the card template then being reversed with the curve drawn both clockwise and anit-clockwise. I usually do this first on paper to see if the design looks right before I transfer this to the wood.

I would do a blog if I knew how to do this, I will investigate for my next project.

The large plate takes around 4 hours to get the design traced on, and I guess another 6 – 8 hours to do the carving. then comes the staining and varnishing but this doesn’t take long to do.

The smaller plates only take an hour to draw the design, and approx 4 hours to carve, it all depends how many chips require cutting.

I hope the above makes sense, I will try to do a blog so you can see visually what I mean.

cheers Colin

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#11 posted 10-25-2008 12:37 PM

holy cow. it sort of looked liked it was done by a laser engraver. you have some strady hand and sharp tools Colin.

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#12 posted 10-25-2008 02:03 PM

Wow! Beautiful!

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