|Project by BrentKistner||posted 05-16-2015 05:05 AM||1017 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
So, my grandfather was an exceptional wood worker, and was fond of the the first design (on walnut) and I had a bit of downtime so I figured that I would have a go at duplicating it. I had a set of cheap carving “knives” that I figured would get the job done… it turns out that they were initially terrible, so I reprofiled a couple of them and got much better results, but still not the super clean, well polished look that I was wanting to achieve. I realize that there is a learning curve to this as well, but I am surprised at how amateur-ish these look. If any of you have suggestions as to better carving tools as far as name brands to look for, sizes and shapes most frequently used etc, please feel free to chime in. I would love to hear from those with more experience than I have.
Either way, this little exercise is a real humbling experience. Lessons learned/reaffirmed on knowing your grain, being steady and patient, and making sure that the tools are shaving sharp…also, the difference between materials is really surprising. So far Cherry is my favorite to carve on. It seems less prone to tear out, even with my very basic/beginner skills. lol
Thanks for looking, ladies and gents.
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