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Lesson 11: Roll with the grain

Objective:

After completing this lesson you will be able to correctly identify the grain direction on cuts and explain and demonstrate proper form and technique to chip carve with the grain. You will have the confidence to teach these techniques with your students.

Assignment

Complete each item below and email required items to me for assessment at info@mychipcarving.com.

  1. Print the pattern below and transfer it onto a basswood board.
  2. Carve this practice pattern making ALL of the cuts with the grain. Carve all the way to the center of the windmill shapes. The white circle is there to avoid a black spot of toner left over after carving.
  3. Take 2 close-up pictures of this completed carving.
  4. Submit these 2 photos to me for evaluation.
  5. Explain how to use a deck of cards to determine grain direction. Explain it as you would to your students.

Materials needed:
  1. My Chip Carving Knife, no-slip mat and lapboard for each student
  2. Teacher demo materials
  3. Deck of cards
  4. Video camera, projector and screen if available

Read pp., Chip Carving Essentials, pp.39-45

Watch these videos: Go to mychipcarving.com / Videos. In the white search bar type “grain”. Five videos should appear dealing with grain direction. Watch these 5 videos!
Also watch the video below: Roll with the Grain

Lesson Information & Review:

Learning how to carve with the grain will help you with your personal chip carving along with helping you know how to help your students succeed. Teaching grain direction isn’t one of the first things you teach and quite often you won’t even formally teach it in a beginner class. Presenting information about grain direction and order of cuts too early in a class can lead to confusion and discouragement. Basswood is very forgiving and cutting against the grain can go unnoticed for a long time without many adverse results. I carved for a long time without paying attention to the grain.

Understanding and identifying a with the grain cut makes for more enjoyable carving and yields better results with less chip out. The absolute easiest way to identify grain direction is to use a deck of cards.

Align the cards straight in line with the grain on the OUTSIDE of the cut. Angle the edge of the cards to match the angle of the cut. Run your finger along the edge of the cards to make the cards riffle. This can only be done when your finger moves in one direction! That direction is with the grain!

If you are using a camera and projector to demonstrate this to your students you will want to use a short deck of cards. A tall deck of cards stood on edge are hard to position correctly underneath the camera to get a proper view of the cards along the outer edge of the cut. Take your deck of cards and cut them in thirds or cut some index cards for this purpose.

Assignment

 

  1. Complete each item below and email required items to me for assessment at info@mychipcarving.com.
  • Print the pattern below and transfer it onto a basswood board.
  • Carve this practice pattern making ALL of the cuts with the grain. Carve all the way to the center of the windmill shapes. The white circle is there to avoid a black spot of toner left over after carving.
  • Take 2 close-up pictures of this completed carving.
  • Submit these 2 photos to me for evaluation.
  • Explain how to use a deck of cards to determine grain direction. Explain it as you would to your students.

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