a few carved signs

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Project by Harold posted 2472 days ago 1623 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As far as work that is relaxing, this is it. The chinese symbols are “Peaceful Mountain” carved in Jacaranda. The 4 signs together are carved from Mango on the top and bottom and Macnut for the 2 center signs. straight forward palintino font, all I change is closing the serifs on the ends to make it easier to carve. The third is the endvise on bench in my livingroom. I have a color picture somewhere, but the wood is mango, with the darker wood coming from a Koa stump near our house.

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#1 posted 2472 days ago

These are really nice. You have the skill of the steady hand. Nice!

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

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 2472 days ago

Nice work, Harold. I like the looks of Chinese. I don’t have a clue how it works, but It looks exotic.LOL I especially like the motto on you vise. Excellent

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2472 days ago

Very nice Harold!
I just watched a program about Chinese calligraphy on Direct TV channel 455. Chinese TV.

There’s about 5000 letters in there alphabet. very interesting.

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

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#4 posted 2472 days ago

that first one—magnificent
and the last pix. The b&w is perfect. Great photo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 2472 days ago

Thanks for the comments, The neatest thing about the asian calligraphy I enjoy, is that I can get the carved brush look, with one chisel a 1/4” out-cannel gouge. If you think you may want to paint the letters, seal the wood before you begin carving, this will make it easier to clean up and also give you nice clean edges that don’t bleed as much.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 2471 days ago

The first image is my favorite, I just love the Asian aesthetic and am very influenced by it. I really like the black and white photo, it looks pretty cool. It’s like “scenes from the shop.”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 2471 days ago

Love the signs and your choice of fonts. Great job!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 2471 days ago

I think that your carvings are excellent. I wish I had the patience and talent to carve.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 2469 days ago

Great stuff Harold. Maybe you said this but I don’t see it… is that acrylic resin in the asian calligraphy? Latex paint? You mention finishing the wood before painting but I don’t see a reference to the type of paint you would suggest. Thanks.

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

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#10 posted 2469 days ago

I use a water based latex for the lettering. Water based because it is quick to clean my little brushes. As Dick mentioned above there are thousands of characters and styles. Most represent complete words or thoughts.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#11 posted 2428 days ago

this is nice.

-- Jiri

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#12 posted 1574 days ago

great looking signs… very nice work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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