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Forum topic by derosa posted 08-20-2012 03:11 AM 832 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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derosa

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08-20-2012 03:11 AM

A local has a small chestnut trunk that he saved for me, it isn’t all that large for any serious sized projects, the trunk is about 14”x maybe 4’. The blight finally killed it so I’m getting that and one of the larger limbs. On the hardness scale it doesn’t rank all that high so would it be any good for figural carving? I’ve been wanting to get into something like that and splitting the trunk in 4 seems like it could make 4 pieces to try on.

Also is it any good for cutting boards, although it may seem sacrilegious I could try to snag some of the smaller branches if he still has them and turn them into strips for cutting boards.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse


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#1 posted 08-20-2012 07:05 AM

You’ll adapt your carving methods to whatever you’re working with.
The chestnut is probably too stringy to be a pleasant and easy wood
to carve, but you’ll adapt.

I’ve never worked with it and don’t like carving much so I’m not
your best advice. There is good carving done in many, many species.

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 04:32 PM

I haven’t carved chestnut yet, but I have pecan and walnut, and butternut. Yes,the fibers are a pain for high detail work. I love carving… but if you see something in the log go for it. We carvers change methods for each wood anyway.. let the material guide the process, but not let it over power the goal. I currently am drying four 3ft logs about 13-14” dia of elm.. can’t use em for the next two years…but they are mine!!! :) for yours though i’d get them waxed and sealed or cut them up before you get interior checking. What kind of figure carving are you thinking?

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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derosa

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 03:16 AM

I was thinking of carving some caryatids, thought it would be cool to build workbench legs that have more form then function while still being highly functional. I’ve wanted to do some kind of carving for quite some time and I’m looking for an excuse to try it.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 05:20 AM

how can you go wrong?

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