So which scetch do you think I should carve on my posts for the upstair railings????

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02-26-2010 08:08 AM

Here is a couple of scetches that I drew up to carve on my posts, I think I like the one on the left the best. What do you think? The posts will be 5×5’s and the carvings will be 4 inches wide by 32 inches long. I am going to carve only two sides of each post. The posts are pine but I am thinking about carving the designs in cherry and on-laying them on the posts.

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 08:17 AM

I agree. The one on the left is more fluid and lively.

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 08:20 AM

I’d go with the one on the left also. I think it would go better with a long post. Both look really nice though. Did you draw these?

-- Rick

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 08:28 AM

Rick, Yes, I drew these up… hand… flower on the left is unproportioned, but when I carve it it will be in proportion…..the one on the right is not drawn out fully, I will eventually draw a diamond up above it with a design in the middle of it and then flip the design that I already have drawn out.

Hi Tom1…..........that would be a good idea how I could get my oak in there too. So far we have used pine,cherry,maple,and oak… that might work out well. The railings are wrought iron but the hand rails and posts will be wood.

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 09:19 AM

Definitely, a vote for the left too:-)

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 09:19 AM

Go left young lady!

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 10:09 AM

hej Robin
for my 2cent
I vote for the left becourse the right as it is, is finished and you can´t go further with it
but the left you can continue down and around the post if you change your mind
you can even go up from it if you want
why don´t you make one of each and see what feel abaut them when you have looked
at them on the stairs for a week or two you will have a good feeling of what will be the best

what ever you decide I will look forward to see it


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#7 posted 02-26-2010 10:13 AM

Robin i have to Agree the one on the Right looks Caribbean to me

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 11:17 AM

I’ll go for the one on the left Robin. Toying around with the idea of making the stem go around the post together with a few leaves won’t be bad. Nice sketches my friend!!!

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#9 posted 02-26-2010 01:21 PM

I’m also favoring the drawing on the left. You can save the one on the right for another piece.
Very nice drawings !

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#10 posted 02-26-2010 01:22 PM

Hi Robin;

Excellent drawings! I’m with everyone else. The left one.


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#11 posted 02-26-2010 01:31 PM

the left .

great idea with the on-lay ,
that way you don’t mess up the post .
( not that you would , but bench carving is easier ,
and more forgiving ) .

you have a nice design sense .

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#12 posted 02-26-2010 01:45 PM

Very nice sketches, Robin, but I know nothing about relief carving. My guess is that cherry would be a better wood to carve; pine’s grain can be pretty difficult to work and the fact that it’s grain is very prominent might take away from the detail of your carving. (Just my own, inexperience musings.) I’m sure your work will be fine, whatever you decide.

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#13 posted 02-26-2010 02:52 PM


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#14 posted 02-26-2010 03:03 PM


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#15 posted 02-26-2010 04:02 PM

IMHO its easier for you to do it on the lposts of different length, ease of continuity.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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