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Forum topic by Mark posted 10-21-2017 03:23 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2017 03:23 PM

Morning all. Anyone out there have any thoughts on how the artist cut the curves on this piece? Free hand or some kind of voter jig? just wondering.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-21-2017 04:03 PM

I bet the piercing was done with a dremel style tool. I would imagine that the curve is free hand. Either with carving hand tools, or the same dremel.
Looks cool.

-- John

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#2 posted 10-21-2017 05:11 PM

He may have laid out points at the same distance from the center across from each other and then connected them with a French curve. That is a neat way to make unique curves. He could have freehand power carved them down along the lines and then relieved the whole area in between. The whole process including the holes can be done with a Dremel or a Fordom or a Wecheer…..or a Harbor Freight hanging carver.

Cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 10-21-2017 05:38 PM

Google “Bill Haskell wood art” for more examples of his work.
And here is a video that shows his process:

Bill Haskell on HGTV's Carol Duvall Show


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#4 posted 10-21-2017 07:27 PM

Office supply stores or craft stores carry sets of French curves if not into free handing a layout. You can manipulate lot of different designs or make your own stencils to lay on whatever you working on.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 10-22-2017 12:27 AM

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a voter jig?? ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 10-22-2017 01:43 AM

Thanks for this posting, I looked at the video on the link above and it appears he does it freehand with out the help of the French. An artists had is much more flowing than the use of a mechanical aid. Then I googled his name, found a magazine article that tells more about him, Then went to a facebook page, more interesting pictures. More idea’s for wood turning, will be busy this winter. Been retired but I can see I still not have enough hours in a day or life time.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 10-22-2017 05:47 AM

I appreciate the skill and artistry but something about the appearance and texture puts me off. It grosses me out actually. Like I expect a bunch of warble larvae to come wriggling out of those holes.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 10-23-2017 12:33 PM

Think if go back to the video Bill does talk about using freehand and other means to layout his designs. Have owned a set of French curves for more than twenty years, while don’t use them much in woodturning have used them on other woodworking projects.

What difference does it make how you produce your art? None that I can think of, as long as you and others are satisfied with the end result!

-- Bill

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