Well folks here is today’s practice carving. It’s amazing how quick you can learn this stuff! This ambar is done with the relief technique and the pattern is acanthus.
OK, OK, I’M JUST KIDDING!! My real practice stuff follows below.
Right after breakfast today I rushed out to the workshop to get some carving wood for practice session today. After that I photocopied a pattern from my carving book, transferred it to my wood with carbon paper. At the same time my wife pulled out a long todo list. Shopping and helping our son. Home at 2pm. Lunch, the wife is writing a new list. Things to do in the garden. Assistance demanded. Mutiny on the terrace. Negotiations. Agreement providing limited assistance reached. Started carving eventually. Here are the results:
Just the one knife as pictured
Chip carving, and free style.
I enjoyed doing this one a lot. I used some of my Juniper wood which is softer than the Sycamore I used yesterday. It is quite pleasant to carve with. I didn’t have time to clean it up much, but I feel it gave me some good practice.
The main problem encountered was try to understand the pattern. Some areas were a bit of a mystery to me and I made some errors. If your eye tells you that something is not quite right or just looks strange, then you are probably looking at one of those places.
I feel that the sharp pointed blade on my knife gives me a lot more control than my normal chip carving knife. It is particularly good in tight spots and for doing curved cuts. These rounded cuts are probably the most difficult to do because it is very easy to leave flat spots in carved curves and it really ruins the appearance of a carving. That is not to say that the curves in this carving are anywhere near perfect, because they’re not.
Another positive thing is that after a couple weeks practice, I’m not have a problem cutting with the grain. I seem to have just gotten used to cutting in the right directions without even thinking about it. There are loads of grain changes and therefore cut directions, especially on acanthus patterns.
Thanks much for looking in and joining me on my carving trip. Your comments and/or advice/criticism are welcome.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.