Icicle carving

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Project by snowdog posted 09-14-2007 02:09 PM 5488 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw it in a magazine and thought it looked pretty. I also thought it looked simple. It was not complicated, it was tricky but it was fun. Basswood and about 3 hours of work so far, maybe I’ll sand it a bit and add a color to it.. then in 102 days someone will probably hang it from a green tree :)

The other bit of wood in the back right is a copy of JTRid43’s chimney and Santa’s feet, well it is a start at least.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 09-14-2007 02:37 PM

Snowdog -

That is very cool! Nice work.


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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-14-2007 03:15 PM

Hey, Dawg, that’s neat but are u sure it’s not a unicorn’s horn?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-14-2007 03:24 PM

That looks great. I am going to have to try my hand at that one of these day’s.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 09-14-2007 03:36 PM

Hey man, that’s cool!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 09-14-2007 04:38 PM

Just one word…Cool. Get it?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 09-14-2007 05:34 PM

I’d be in the ER getting my fingers stitched up if I tried that, Snowdog. Very nice!

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

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#7 posted 09-14-2007 06:08 PM

I think it looks a bit trickier than you are letting on. But, it looks great to me!

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#8 posted 09-15-2007 10:15 AM

Wow! how about a close-up?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 09-15-2007 07:31 PM

Looks extremely tedious to me snowdog and you did a really fantastic job. A close-up shot would be great. Thanks for posting this.

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

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#10 posted 09-17-2007 01:51 PM

Here are two more pics, a little closer :). Yes it was a little tedious but it also gave me a good understanding of how to do this type of carving. I bet the next one will take a lot less time.
I get to sit on lots of conference calls all day long, so I put a lap top in the shop and a speaker phone. It may have been tedious but no where near as bad as the suits I have to listen to all day long <laugh>

Here is how it is done:
Cut 1×1x6 or longer if you want something on the top (face , head Christmas tree)
Cut that length wise into the triangle (icicale) shape (at teh square end 1×1 lark centers and draw lines length wise)
Then every 1/2” make a mark down the long sides (both sides of each face)
Connect the marks at an angle creating the spiral shape (ste[ the lines a 1/2” down on each face)
Cut away the corners, (starting to shape it round)
After you remove the corners, plow out the line on each face.
Rinse and repeat until you have the shape you want.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 09-17-2007 02:24 PM

Great job. And it doesn’t make noises on the speaker phone.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 09-18-2007 02:38 PM

Very nice, & a terrific job of multi-tasking.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 09-21-2007 10:58 PM

You must be a man with immense patience. I really must try some carving.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Jeremy M. Reid

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#14 posted 09-26-2007 04:25 AM

nice work
I can’t figure how you got your sawsall in to all those tight little spots….
or did you just use a grinder?

-- Jeremy M. Reid Woodworking

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#15 posted 09-26-2007 09:25 PM

it was a very small sawsall, the grinder was to big <laugh>

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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