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Project by Roger Strautman posted 02-03-2008 04:14 PM 2047 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just thought I would show everyone a little bit of the process of chip carving an ornament. This ornament is a basswood 3 1/2” hexagon 3/16 thick. I chose to clear coat this with Deft Lacquer so the clean of cuts could be seen and not hid by the staining. I hope this encourages others to at least try chip carving. Thanks for looking!
PS: I do sell these ornaments on eBay from time to time if anyone is interested.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 02-03-2008 04:19 PM

Very nice!

I wouldn’t have the eyes or fine motor control to do such fine work.

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 02-03-2008 04:39 PM

Cool thanks for sharing this Roger. Chip carving is something that I have never tried, maybe I’ll have to give it a go sometime. All your carvings are great!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 02-03-2008 04:51 PM

Very cool. I know I pester you. But can you do a blog on how you sharpen those knives?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 02-03-2008 05:00 PM

Beautiful! I agree with the eyes and motor control comment

-- Spread love with our work

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#5 posted 02-03-2008 05:20 PM

This is a beautiful project. I would be hesitant to even try something like this. My hand skills simply aren’t good enough to even attempt this. I probably would end up carving my thumb.

Thanks for sharing. The workmanship that this displays speaks volumes to your patience and craftmanship.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-03-2008 05:43 PM

Everytime I see a carving project I think two things:

1) That looks like it takes a long time.

2) Man that looks really hard.

Do you have some recommendations on how to start (books, tutorials, videos, ect.)?


PS – I forget to mention that the ornament is very cool :)

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#7 posted 02-03-2008 06:04 PM


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#8 posted 02-06-2008 04:08 PM

Clean work! Nice.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 05:38 PM

Nice design, nice execution.

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 06:45 PM

Very cool. I’be always wanted to try that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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