Chip Carved boxes Almost finished and in progress

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Project by gwadam1 posted 04-05-2011 05:46 AM 2153 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hope I don’t get into trouble because these are really finished yet. These are the boxes my daughters are waiting on. The dolphin is a glass suncatcher and the cross is carved olivewood from Israel. The interior boxes are a combination of two woods. Both have maple bottoms but the sides are either cocobolo or purpleheart. Still using the same carving designs from my other boxes though.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 01:25 PM

Beautiful boxes, The carvings are magnificent. I love the edge detail on the lid, did you accomplish that with one bit?

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 03:03 PM

I wish I had a bit or maybe a panel raising plane with that shape. The edge was already done when I purchased it. It’s a blank plaque from a local crafts store. The company that makes them is called Walnut Hollow and they supply to both of my local crafts stores, A.C. Moore and Michaels.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 03:18 PM

Gorgeous your daughter will cherish it!! Dont stop now :) Will love to see it when its finished :)

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 04:23 AM

I love the chip carvings. I want to learn how to do that, is it very hard to learn?

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 04:10 PM

Larryw – Actually it is surprisingly easy to learn, but it takes a lot of practice. I learned by both doing and reading. I started with an X-acto knife and made an african design on the box the X-actio knife came in. Picked up a few books but it really took off when I found the book by Wayne Barton. I now have all of his books. The continue to both inform and inspire. Rick Butz put out a book with a section on chip carving and the style he describes worked best with the x-acto knives. For a minimal investment on the two knives and sharpening stones recommended by Wayne is definately worthwhile. I also look at any book or magazine that has chip carvings articles. After a while you kind of pick up what designs would make good chip carvings. But there is no substitute for practice. You can pick up a basswood plank from just about any craft or hobby store. They are usually 3”x24” and get the 3/8ths thickness. Then just grab a simple design and start carving.

-- "Freedom isn't free!"

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 10:29 PM

Sharp looking boxes, they have little to go I see, Your daughters will Love them, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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