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Hard Maple – 13×10 ” – semi petrified cherry base
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#1 posted 02-12-2014 05:12 PM
I’m assuming this is a wood carving from hard maple, but it would be nice to have more information. At any rate, I love the piece and think it is outstanding.
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#2 posted 02-12-2014 06:14 PM
Thanks – I’ll do a blog post on my carving techniques when I have some free time.
I wanted the finish to be nearly transparent to semi transparent in places. I tried water color paints on a test board, they looked nice but not really the effect I wanted. So, I used my own. Vinegar, steel wool and zinc coated nails in a jar, let it sit overnight.
For in-the-round carvings I do a clay model first and transfer with calipers. For really hard wood I sometimes use a hand operated duplicating machine – this is a bit risky, sometimes you get tear out the ruins the piece…but it saves a lot of hard grunt work. This machine won’t give you quality details, it’s just effective for removing the waste wood.
The roughing out for this carving was done with a reciprocating saw, air chisel and drill bits in a Foredom.
The next step is now my favorite chisels, Flexcut and Micromark. For some of my carvings this is the finial step.
For a polished finish I use engravers bits in my Foredom, wire wheels, small diamond files. I prefer scraping wherever I can over sanding. I use the rounded xacto blades for scraping.
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