A carved lid box for my Daughter who loves Orangutans

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Blog series by wyeth updated 12-17-2009 03:14 AM 5 parts 7146 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: The idea germinates

12-15-2009 09:39 AM by wyeth | 2 comments »

I have a new idea for the series of sliding lid boxes that I have been making for the girls for Christmas. So far I have completed four but my daughter is leaving for the Philippines and then Borneo just before Christmas and one reason is to fulfil a long dream of seeing Orang utans.My teenage grandson suggested I do an Orangutan for her box lid. I thought OK but how? First lets find some images and print them in monochrome off the net and then sketch a few images. The idea of a wh...

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Part 2: Model to carving

12-15-2009 03:15 PM by wyeth | 3 comments »

! head as it will attach to sliding lid)! The reason I quickly found the need to model the carving in plasticine was that I had to see how the idea I had visualized could relate to the size and shape of the box. From the model I could take measurements of the size and shape that the blocks of yellow wood needed to be to accommodate the carving. Just to show the rough sketches used to determine the outside dimensi...

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Part 3: now what are these sliding lid boxes all about

12-15-2009 04:22 PM by wyeth | 3 comments »

Just to recapitulate a bit here are images of the earlier boxes I completed over the last month that led up to this project. Who is this? Well Chris Vesper is a maker of very fine hand made woodworker tools and the knives in front of him are marking knifes just like the one I had just purchased from him at the Brisbane Hands On Show recently. Most of this Orangutang carving was inspired by this purchase as I also bought a small carving knife with a similarly shaped handle and nearly al...

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Part 4: Tools and Rules- Part one

12-16-2009 04:30 AM by wyeth | 1 comment »

DisclaimerI want to make it quite clear that I am a very raw beginner at wood carving and not much more at woodworking – this blog is presented so that you can share the adventure, mistakes and all (and I suspect there will be many of them). So don’t take anything I say or do as gospel or think you are learning from an expert! I do have some background experience that may give me some advantages having performed in the order of 30,000 surgical operations over a 30 year peri...

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Part 5: Tools and Rules-Part 2

12-17-2009 03:14 AM by wyeth | 3 comments »

Here are some of the rules I have learned for carving small objects – i.e. those that are small enough to hold in your non-dominant hand while you use a sharp carving knife of some kind. In my case this was the Vesper knife I had purchased. The knife must be sharp – a blunt tool is a dangerous tool. Cut away from your body parts – it is almost always possible to hold the object in such a way that the knife is cutting away from you so that any slip of the knife will sh...

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