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Project by tyskkvinna posted 06-22-2012 12:02 AM 4016 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is made out of ipê. It is about 5.4 inches wide and 12 inches tall. It is a new design I was playing around with this past weekend and I have been looking forward to carving it all week. A friend of mine gave me some pieces of ipê decking that was leftover from a project his dad did years ago and was excited to see what I might do with it. Hard to come up with something special for it because the wood was all 3/4 and typically my 3d work is much thicker.

It was absolutely wonderful to carve and I look forward to using it again! I have a fair amount of this wood, so look forward to more soon.

Put it up in my Etsy shop, we’ll see if anybody wants it.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 12:10 AM

I want it! Mind giving it to me for free :D?

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 12:25 AM

Nice Lis! Roses are my favorite to carve when I’m tooling leather ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 12:31 AM

Beautiful Lis!

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#4 posted 06-22-2012 02:00 AM

You certainly do nice work. It should go quickly.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 02:46 AM

great carving on a very nice looking piece of wood. I’ve never worked with Ipe but would like to get my hands on some.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 02:51 AM

Great piece, Lis!! You could sand it real flat and glue 2 pieces together for deeper carvings, too.


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

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 02:59 AM

Jim, that is a fantastic idea and I may try it out this weekend. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#8 posted 06-22-2012 01:16 PM

I am always envious of people that can do such great work.

Bob D

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#9 posted 06-22-2012 02:27 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful relief carving. You are very talented to come up with such a great design and then to carve it so well.

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#10 posted 06-22-2012 03:07 PM

Lis, that’s another beautiful carving. You have quite a lot of talent. Nice work.


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#11 posted 06-22-2012 09:35 PM

Talent and Skill are just two more tools in the box. Great Work!

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#12 posted 06-22-2012 11:38 PM

Most of us are just woodworkers. You bring much more than that to each project. Gives it life.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 06-24-2012 07:10 PM

I agree it should have been thicker… So send this one to me and you can get a thicker one made….I am here to help…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#14 posted 06-27-2012 02:21 AM

Mind me asking what software you do your modeling in? And what CAM software you cook up your G-code in?

I do a fair amount of CNC Programing at work, but it’s all 2D or 2-1/2 D stuff. Pretty boring actually. I’d love to do some true 3D contour cutting some day.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 06-27-2012 02:47 AM

I use Vectric software. It’s pretty great. I also sometimes use MecSoft visualmill (I think that’s what I used here… don’t remember- on any given day I have my entire fleet open generally).

Both are great at generating GCode and won’t break the bank (like Mastercam!! Geeez.)

I use 3ds Max for most of my modelling but you can also do amazing things in Vectric Aspire, or in ArtCam (which I sometimes use for modelling but do not like the Gcode generator in it AT ALL) which uses a 2d greyscale image to generate the contours.

However if you want to play around, ArtCam (at least used to have) has a free app that lets you do basic things, and Vectric has some free samples in their trial you can cut.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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