Experiment in relief carving

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Project by jjw5858 posted 09-13-2011 09:48 PM 1514 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I always like to learn new things, and although I have dabbled a little in some one off ideas of small ornamental carvings on my various projects I thought I might try something more detailed. This was all an original sketch, hand drawn. I proceeded to give a shot at the job with my small set of carving tools. The wood was some scrap pine from my birdhouse project, so I put it to use!

Lucky for me, as of today recieved a great book in the mail “RELIEF CARVING IN WOOD” by Chris Pye so I am sure to understand my previous mistakes along the path and improve. Also need to put together some good sharpening routines which I know is a demand in this work of carving wood.

This was my first real effort and although still some loose ends to sand up but I thought I would share with my fellow wood maniacs….lol…cheers!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 10:07 PM

You did a nice clean job of carving that.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 10:14 PM

Hey, thanks so much! Something for me to get started with and learn from.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 10:40 PM

hi nice bit of carving keep it up

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 12:02 AM

Lovely crisp job on the carving, you have a talent there.

-- shavins

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 12:16 AM

Very nice. Keep after it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 03:50 AM

That is cool. There are lot s of applications for that type of carving!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-14-2011 11:52 AM

Yes this is really nice work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 09-15-2011 04:21 AM

jjw5858 always good to see another wood carver getting in to the flow and imaginative world of carving. Just wants to make your heart sing. Good job jjw5858!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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