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

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woodchic

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1645 days ago

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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-- Robin Renee'


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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 1645 days ago

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

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 1645 days ago

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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woodchic

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#3 posted 1645 days ago

Rick, Yes, I drew these up…........free hand…...my 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….........so that might work out well. The railings are wrought iron but the hand rails and posts will be wood.

-- Robin Renee'

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#4 posted 1645 days ago

Definitely, a vote for the left too:-)

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#5 posted 1645 days ago

Go left young lady!

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#6 posted 1645 days ago

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

Dennis

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#7 posted 1645 days ago

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

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#8 posted 1645 days ago

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 1645 days ago

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

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1645 days ago

Hi Robin;

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

Lee

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patron

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#11 posted 1645 days ago

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 .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dan Campebell

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#12 posted 1645 days ago

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.

-- Dan Campbell

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#13 posted 1645 days ago

Left

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#14 posted 1645 days ago

left

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#15 posted 1645 days ago

left.
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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