|Project by Woodbutcher3||posted 11-17-2010 05:20 AM||2881 views||5 times favorited||24 comments|
I carved this plate for our Pastor and wife (Pic 1) to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. 2.) Plate front 3.) White lettering before carving 4.) Signature before stain 5.) back 6.) back in B&W
The plate is basswood (I didn’t turn it). The egg-and-dart border and circular portions all have to be laid out using a protractor (big word for a Marine). The center with the birds and other flowers is from Wayne Barton’s book – Chip Carving Patterns. The lettering on the front is set up in Word using outlines then cut and laid out individually before tracing. Tracing onto a light wood, I use a grey graphite paper. It comes off easily with poly erasers or alcohol on a Q-tip (on the plate not in me). Tracing for the lettering on the back is done after a dark gel stain (it doesn’t bleed unevenlyinto the wood like liquid stains would do) using a “white” graphite paper.
After the carving on the front was finished, it got two coats of dark walnut gel coat. Then after the back was carved, the whole plate got three coats of clear gel stain. This takes time. After it’s brushed on, each coat has to be wiped down and then drawn out of the “chips” with a small brush and wiped up so it doesn’t goober up (very technical term – even engineers can’t easily define this one). Dry time – 24 hrs per coat.
On the back – my signature is at the bottom of the plate and I stain it before finishing so it blends in and doesn’t compete with the unstained lettering above. Not a very good picture. I told my wife I want a good camera for Christmas.
The Verse, found in three places in Scripture, confirm marriage as God intended it by each of the Trinity – the Father; the Son, Jesus Christ; and Spirit (through Paul). I often pray for the person or couple I am carving for and this is the focus of the prayer.
Many of the component symbols represent some portion of marriage or love.
Triangles – Trinity
Eggs – New Birth
Lilly of the Valley – Return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, humility, happiness, love’s good fortune.
Birds – Love birds or the Holy Spirit.
Tulips – Perfect lover, declaration of love frame
Circles – The Continuation of Life
I am often asked what machine or laser I used. I usually tell them I used a 5-finger router. Most woodworkers get it. You know what it takes is practice, practice, practice -patience, patience, patience – just like anything else in woodworking. I’ve been at it off and on for almost 20 years. I still have a lot to learn.
Total time invested is about 40 hours.
I was privileged to take courses from Wayne Barton and Dennis Moor. Both men have given a lot to the craft in tools, books, time and personal interest in people. While I tried to do it from books, it wasn’t until I sat in front of Masters that my skills expanded so quickly.
This is about the third or fourth plate I’ve done over the years. I still need to do one for my wife. Next year might be a good one, which would be 35 years for us!
I am truly more Blessed than I deserve!
Chips A’ Flyin’
-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.