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Project by Roger Strautman posted 05-06-2007 11:52 AM 2067 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are only just a few patterns of Christmas ornaments that I carve and sell. The stars are 3/16”T. X 6 1/4”H, X 3 1/2”W. and the cross is 3/16”T. X 5 1/4”H. X 3”W. These are all made from basswood stained and sealed with Deft spray lacquer. I will post other patterns as time goes on. Enjoy.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"





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#1 posted 05-06-2007 12:32 PM

ooooooooooo I love the second one with the “pinwheel” effect. NICE

You are VERY skilled at this. I’m in awe.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 05-06-2007 01:20 PM

Really nice chip carving.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 05-06-2007 03:25 PM

These are really nice. What kind of stain did you use?

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

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Roger Strautman

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#4 posted 05-06-2007 03:42 PM

I use only a gel stain and it doesn’t make me any difference what brand I use. There is a little trick I use to get the contrast in colors. I spray a light coat of finish on them first and then stain. Thanks for asking Wayne.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 05-06-2007 05:19 PM

Beautiful

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oscorner

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#6 posted 05-06-2007 06:42 PM

Those are impressive. Love your carvings

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 05-06-2007 07:00 PM

Excuse me for asking carverrog but do you use a machine at all to do any of this, like a cnc? They look perfect. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 05-06-2007 07:17 PM

Great carvings !!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Roger Strautman

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#9 posted 05-06-2007 11:12 PM

Mike, the only machines I use are table saw, planer, and jigsaw and those are to cut out the ornament. All of what looks carved is carved with my knife by hand.

Thank you to all for the very nice comments.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#10 posted 05-07-2007 02:02 AM

WOW! I love your carving – impeccable work as always!

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#11 posted 05-07-2007 02:14 AM

Rog… what can I say that hasn’t already been said except to thank you for continueing to show us your beautiful work.

Did a bit of practice over the weekend per our conversation and it is progressing, slowly. Have quite a bit on my plate right now but hope to have something for you to look at in the weeks ahead. Thanks again for your support.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 10-21-2007 02:36 PM

Roger, I really like chip carving, and I am going to have a go at copying your Christmas star for our tree this year, can I ask your advice please?

If you are making a number of the same item to sell, do you draw out the pattern each time from scratch? or do you have the pattern on tracing paper using graphite paper underneath. Also what colour of stain contrasts best with the basswood? Final question, how long does it take you produce a finished piece of work starting with drawing on the design, to carving to finishing?

Many thanks, your work is great, maybe someday I will be able to produce detailed work like yours, that would be my aim.

Colin

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

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#13 posted 10-21-2007 11:53 PM

Très manifique Monsieur Strautman! (Hopefully I got this spelled right.)

Maybe Ms Debbie, or dare I say: Spid-ato Man (Tom), can help me with this. It’s only been 35 years since my last French class. But loosely translated it is meant to say Very good Mr. Strautman. I say loosely of course because I only thinkit is spelld rite.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Roger Strautman

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#14 posted 10-22-2007 04:12 AM

Colin, I typically will hand layout each carving but I will usually try and keep the pattern simple for a mass production type of ornament.

To get a good contrast with any color of stain I will spray a light coat of spray lacquer over the entire piece then layout the design, cut it out, and then apply another light coat of spray lacquer. After all that I then will stain it with a gel stain.

Start to finish for a new pattern it could take up to 1 hour to layout, 1 hour to carve, and 1/2 hour to finish. I guess the answer would be around 2 1/2 hours max.

I hope this helps you Colin. I do have a booklet that I made called Ornament Patterns for Chip Carvers and it has about 40 different full size patterns with a completed picture with each pattern. It sells for $14.00 US.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#15 posted 10-22-2007 05:40 AM

Panama,- pas mal! I think we got the gist – English being half French and all ;) (Norman conquest baby!)

I bet the “pinwheel” one Deb wants for Christmas would look great on the tree – spinning ever so slightly, with the carvings appearing animated in the glow, and shadows caused by the twinkling lights!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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