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Forum topic by Corey posted 06-17-2007 08:17 PM 1981 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Corey

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06-17-2007 08:17 PM

Hello all. I am primarily into making boxes of different types. I wold like to learn how to do some chip caving on my boxes as another way to dress them up and to be able to personalize boxes for gifts. For instance I am going to make a jewelery box for my daughter and I would like to chip carve here initials. I am also going to make a knife kit from Woodcraft and make a box for it and would like to put his initials in it.

So can anyone please point me in some good books on the subject so I can see what I need to purchase. I know their will be lots of practice involved and that is fine. I look at that as woodworking where I don’t have to clean up saw dust :) I have enjoyed the work here of Mr. Cain a lot. Also, one other question… I see that alot of carving is done on Basswood because of it’s properties but I would also like to use other hardwoods that I use in my box making. Is this not possible due to the nature of some hardwoods? I like to use cherry, walnut, mahogany and maple.

Thanks!
Corey

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 06-17-2007 09:55 PM

Carver Rog may have a choice of the best books on Chip carving. You can Chip carve on any wood you desire. I myself prefer harder wood. Checkout this Walnut carving.

Look at this PDF about letter carving from Fine Woodworking. I’m not sure if it will work if your not an online member, but it would a good thing for you to belong.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Corey

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#2 posted 06-18-2007 02:05 AM

Thank you Dick. Wow, you carvers do some real cool stuff. Rog’s chip carving is amazing and you have provided me alot of inspiration as well Dick. For my boxes I see Rog has done alot of what I want to do and he does it really well!

Corey

-- http://woodshop51503.tripod.com/index.html

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 06-18-2007 04:47 AM

Corey, I see you would like a little help with the chip carving thing. I would suggest two books that are very good for the beginner, Complete Guide to Chip Carving by Wayne Barton and Chip Carver’s Workbook by Dennis Moor both are good books. You should only need one chip carving knife, pencil, ruler, and a bow compass

Hardwood can be chip carved but it takes a little bit longer and I use gouges and chisels to get the chips close and then finish them off with the knife to get the smooth chips.

If you have any other questions I might be able to help. Good Luck!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Corey

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#4 posted 06-18-2007 05:11 AM

Hi Rog. Thanks for the help. I enjoy the carvings that people make around here but chip carving is what really holds my attention. I have been looking about today on the internet and saw both of those you mention. I see the workbook is available from Chip’s away with a knife and 4 preprinted Basswood practice boards. I just ordered the Barton book. I see he also has a video as well. Sometimes if a picture is worth a 1000 words… video is worth 10,000 :) That is what I have found on my box making anyway. Thanks for the advise and I will probably need more help! You do very beautiful work. Your letting is fantastic, how long have you been chip carving?

Corey

-- http://woodshop51503.tripod.com/index.html

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Roger Strautman

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#5 posted 06-18-2007 12:30 PM

I’ve been chip carving for about 10 years now. Corey, you will have to have patiences and a knife that is sharpened to a mirror finish and if you don’t have either of those you’ll give up on chip carving in a hurry.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 06-18-2007 12:59 PM

I found out the hard way that sharpness is the main ingredient in carving. You gradually learn what sharp really is after carving awhile.
I taught a carving class once, & had the students bring their own tools. I spent most of the first session getting their tools sharp.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Corey

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#7 posted 06-19-2007 02:10 AM

Thanks Rog and Dick. I have the book on order and will probably order the Workbook set with the Moor Knife and the pre printed basswood boards.

I have never sharpened knives before. I assume the books will let me know what I need to have for that, thanks guys!

Corey

-- http://woodshop51503.tripod.com/index.html

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#8 posted 06-19-2007 06:03 AM

I recommend the DVD by Wayne Barton… it really helps to see it in action. You have to have good layout skills too.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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