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John

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01-30-2014 02:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: board game carving shogi

First of all, hello everyone! My name is John and I’m the very definition of an amatuer. I’ve done a little woodworking in the past, nothing major, but I love it. I’m shop-less for now but I’m starting to crawl out of my skin not being able to do anything. So I thought a good place to start was something my wife wouldn’t kill me for doing indoors :)

I love board games so I thought I would make a Shogi board and pieces (the board will come when I get a shop). But I figured I could cut the, plane, carve, finish the pieces indoors without making too big of a mess.

REAL QUESTIONS START HERE
I have three questions about carving the pieces for Shogi (similar to what is being done at http://pingmag.jp/2008/10/28/satoshougi/). Here is another picture for reference:

1. What type of carving is being done on that page? I don’t mind doing the research, but I don’t even know what to start looking up.
2. What tools would be recommend to do that sort of carving?
3. What resource (for education) would you recommend for keeping the carving tools sharp? I’ll be doing research on this in the meantime, I’m just curious if there is a reference source that is considered a MUST READ for this subject.

Thank you for your help!

-- Resident amateur


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darinS

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 07:24 PM

John,

1. What type of carving is being done on that page? I believe it is a free form chip carving.

2. What tools would be recommend to do that sort of carving? I would use a chip carving knife. Marty (known as mychipcarving here in LJs) and others sell them. You can also get them online and various retail outlets.

3. What resource (for education) would you recommend for keeping the carving tools sharp? I have just been using a strop and rouge (sp?) to keep mine sharp. There are tons of sharpening videos on you tube.

Let us know how the carving goes. Would love to see the finished product.

Looks like it might be an interesting game to play. When I tried the link, I got a message that the page was not found, so I went to wikipedia.

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John

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 07:45 PM

Thanks for the response!

I’ll check out Marty’s knives. If I go with something from Woodcraft or somewhere online is there a brand you would recommend?

I’m sorry about the link not working, it looks like a included a closing parentheses in the link. Here is the correct link:

http://pingmag.jp/2008/10/28/satoshougi/

Again, thank you!

-- Resident amateur

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darinS

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 10:32 PM

Holy cow John, those things look tiny! You might want to consider getting a carving glove as well, so if the knife slips you won’t be going to the ER.

I use Flexcut myself. Please keep in mind, I am a beginning carver. Wasn’t sure I would like it so I didn’t want to put out a bunch of money. I think I found them online for about $45.

I’ve read good things about Marty’s knives. Same about Pfeil and Hock (from Woodcraft).

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 05:54 PM

I bet that they are stamped with a die, not carved.

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 07:34 PM

The pictures on the linked website clearly show them being carved. The tiles in the original post may be stamped, I don’t know, but the artform is valid and well documented. And, John, good luck with your quest to replicate this fine art. I look forward to seeing the results

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 02:48 PM

It looks carved to me to. I just use a flat iron With a angle, so its like a chipcarving knife in shape, just a elongated triangle shape Witch is sharpened on both sides. Eiter that or he have used a combination of knife and a Sharp angelde v iron. But having experienced their skills myslf in various Places, and lived to learn in laos and Thailand and some other Places in asia id say its carved by one knife or iron.

Have a look at my freestyle chipcarving if you want, its one i have developped myself, but has some sillilarities in the cutts. http://lumberjocks.com/koraile/blog/38428

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