Hand Carved Solid Wood Chain - One of Dad's old whittle'n tricks ...

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Not a whole lot to say this is one of my father’s old whittling tricks – a continuous chain carved one one piece of wood. We’d have another one – but well he tried to pass on the trick to my well let’s call her the “ex-shop girl” ... she bailed before she finished the project. On the project and on me! ... oh well … this old chain is pretty cool anyway.

We could post a how-to … but it’ll be more fun to see if everyone can figure out how it’s done! ... YES it’s one stick of wood … and it’s really not that hard!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 10:34 PM

I guess she was the weakest link huh! Nice whittling!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 10:35 PM

That’s really cool

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 11:00 PM

As Don said, That’s really cool. Post the how to, maybe I will be that ambitious one day:)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 01:03 AM

I used to carve chain links when I was in high school. I first started with a broom stick and that was too much work! Then I took a 1” square length of wood and cut the 4 corners out so I have a cross left and not so much to carve away. I carved a ball within a ball for the end link. I have no idea whatever happened to them. I know I did not throw them away but I do not have them anymore!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 01:41 AM

An instructional blog wood be a great idea. Of course enough time must be given, before the blog, to allow others to try & fail, first!!! This wood be a fun project. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

#6 posted 04-27-2012 02:09 AM

Very nice, and neat.

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#7 posted 04-27-2012 02:26 AM

It looks like really good work to me. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 09:26 AM

I can only imagine trouble of making it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 04-27-2012 12:30 PM

My grandfather loved to carve chains. He wanted to carve a chain from every different wood he could get. The biggest chain he made was from a chunk of cocobolo 2 inch sq by 28 inches long. That is when we learned cocobolo can cause a rash like poision ivy and the dust caused nosebleeds. He used a dremel tool, drill press, coping saw and carving tools. Everyone in the family has a few of his chains.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 01:20 PM

Well done. I have tried whittling chains several times from pine but have always screwed up.
I made the cross shape and tried to do it, just using a couple of knives but the links always split. Maybe I’ll have another go.

What wood did you use?

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#11 posted 04-27-2012 01:39 PM

Great work, would love to hear more on this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 04-27-2012 07:17 PM

I can’t pretend to have the patience (or time) to do a step by step … but there’s a ton of them out there a book or two I think check Fox Chapel Publishing, they always have some good carving books.

Ours was VERY simple – these can get extremely intricate and complicated. The first link is pretty good with how to make a simple one.


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#13 posted 04-27-2012 08:23 PM

It may be simple, but since I’m not a carver/whittler (yet), I’m drawing a blank. Can’t wait to read, and hopefully see how it is done.

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#14 posted 04-28-2012 02:04 AM

Great project to have from you father. You have to have a lot of resolve to do these chains

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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