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Batman Chip Carving

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Project by Brian Shourd posted 12-06-2011 06:44 AM 4247 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to teach myself to chip carve so that I have some woodworking to do while I go on vacation. I’ve been using Wayne Barton's Complete Guide to Chip Carving, and after going through a lot of the practice exercises and trying out some of the cuts, I decided to try a “real” project. At least, try to make something that looks like something.

I thought about it for a while: do I want to do this geometric pattern, that geometric pattern, this floral scene, or that floral scene? Hmmm…. none of those are really my style. If I’m going to carve something, it might as well be something I like.

So I set about to recreate this classic Batman pose from Jim Lee:

The wood I chose is basswood, finished with some Minwax rub-on poly.

I’m actually very happy with the results, considering it is a first try. There are certainly some things to work on: my deeper chips are quite rough, for one thing. Also, in the future, I may have to work out some other technique for the larger black areas, since I don’t think the huge chips look very good, even had I done them well.

Nevertheless, this is going up on the shop wall – I need some decoration in there. I can’t decide what superhero to try next, though. I’d love to get some input on this – who would you choose?

Thanks for looking.

-- Brian





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#1 posted 12-06-2011 03:34 PM

Interesting, I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 04:56 PM

Nice!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 02:08 AM

check this out: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/69772

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 02:08 AM

Love this by the way.

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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