|Forum topic by RaggedKerf||posted 12-21-2012 02:58 AM||6715 views||1 time favorited||3 replies|
12-21-2012 02:58 AM
So I have just begun to learn about chip carving (I LOVE it by the way) and I’ve just read Wayne Barton’s Complete Guide to Chip Carving cover to cover…I tried my first practice cuts (while violating two rules….used the factory edge on my new knife (hissss) and used bone dry basswood).
Here’s the question—-how do you folks rehydrate the wood when it’s too dry—-okay, I should say I THINK it’s too dry because the wood, I don’t know, felt a little brittle as I cut it. More snapping than slicing. Now, I fully expect that could be because I used the factory edge on the knife and didn’t sharpen it at all due to my impatience and excitement…but…could it be the wood (which has been sitting in my garage for…oh, a few months?)?
I have read bits about rehydrating wood, keeping it in plastic bags, etc…but how exactly do you go about doing that? I mean, do we put water in the bag and let it sit overnight? A few days? Do we steam it or…? There seems to be many ways to do this and I realize everyone likely has their own method, but I’m just looking for a consensus or even a majority of opinions to try this out.
Here’s my first ever attempt by the way:
Thanks (and a big woo-hoo for having a carving forum
-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com