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First Attempts at Relief carving

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Project by markswoodcraft posted 718 days ago 879 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first two relief carvings and will certainly not be my last. They were both lots of fun.
the fish is from a scrap of pine and Luther’s seal was part of a cedar fence board, carved for my Pastor.
I didn’t put any finish on the first one and the Luther’s seal took two coats of poly.
Hoping to post more projects soon,

Mark





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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 718 days ago

before I started woodworking I did relief carving. It is fun for sure. I learned to carve through “Calif. Carvers Guild” Most states have a carvers guild and they are a great help in learning to carve. Ceder is a tough wood to carve. (too soft) Try some Basswood or fruit wood.

-- In God We Trust

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markswoodcraft

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#2 posted 718 days ago

ya, i don’t think i’ll use cedar anymore, there was lots of chip out

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bruc101

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#3 posted 718 days ago

You’re off to a good start. Find you a cabinet shop and make friends and get them to order some Basswood lumber for at a good price.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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markswoodcraft

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#4 posted 718 days ago

thanks for the tip, there are lots of them around here, but basswood is kind of expensive here in BC.
for a 7×10x1” is about $7

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jjw5858

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#5 posted 717 days ago

Yes basswood is the best for this application. Also keep your tools sharp early and often. I also cannot stress enough how much diamond stones and a leather strop work wonders for blades being razor sharp. The diamond stones are an expense….regualr stones are fine for now. But please make sure after sharpening to strop the blade and it will shine and make butter cuts! Wonderful start, keep havng fun and thanks for sharing!

All the best,

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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markswoodcraft

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#6 posted 717 days ago

thanks for the tip. my tools came sharpened and honed, but i didnt buy any stones because the tools set me back quite a bit, but i need to buy some stones soon

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#7 posted 716 days ago

i never thought about using poplar, but it makes sense. thanks for the tip

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