Red Oak Sign For Pseudo Business

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Project by Waterlog posted 11-22-2014 07:09 PM 1319 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carving a sign requires a lot of patience and persistence. However, the effort pays off because the result is something you can be proud of. The people that see it may be impressed but they really have no idea how much work is involved. There were 39 letters in this sign and 2 decorations. It was the first time I had carved a “shell”. This sign was made from a wide red oak board. I chose it because the size was right for what I had planned. The end product will not materialize until it has weathered outside to a gray color. The hardest part or should I say the most challenging part was carving details in the red oak. The dark lines of the grain are so large and porous, they do not cooperate with the carving tools. The chisels at times want to push the wood instead of slicing it causing fractures and breakage. But with care and lots of sharpening of the tools and watching the grain direction, it gets done. So, there it is. Thanks for looking, I will be happy to help anyone out if you have questions, I have carved a few signs in different materials.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 09:20 PM

V-carving is difficult at the best of times – carving in oak would be very challenging
The nuanced part of it is the various depths from a wide stroke and narrow strokes so it reads well and the shadow shapes are consistent – nice work!
Western Red Cedar makes for a good outdoor sign too and takes well to switch knives and chisels

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 09:29 PM

Always enjoy your work. Nice job.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 01:28 AM

I am in awe of your skill and artistry. Well done.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 03:36 AM

Very well done. Have to ask, why red oak for the sign? Just decided against more durable outdoor woods? It certainly demonstrates the patience and persistence you mentioned.

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 11:27 AM

Great job on this sign. Your edges on the letters are really clean. II know that takes a lot of careful work. I also like the dovetail border. Wonderful!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#6 posted 11-23-2014 06:28 PM


With the new technologies corroding the integrity of the woodcarving craft you are becoming an extinct species of artist!

I hope you can find someone to pass the craft on to!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 11-24-2014 02:16 PM

Wonderful job on the sign. And your first shot is a great picture.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 11-24-2014 06:05 PM

very nice job on this , but I don’t have the patience for carving.

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