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Lesson 9: Conquering the Curve

Objective:
After completing this lesson you will be able to explain and demonstrate proper form and technique when chip carving an assortment of curved shapes. You will have the confidence to teach these techniques when needed with your students.

Assignment

Complete each item below and email required items to me for assessment at info@mychipcarving.com . When answering questions 4-5, please copy/paste the question along with your answer in the body of your email.

  1. Apply the 10-Minute Power Workout Pattern to a basswood practice board if you haven’t done so already. Remove all of the chips on this pattern that were covered in today’s lesson. “8’s”, circles, hearts, swirls, tight curves
  2. Take 4 close up, in focus photographs of the chips removed on this board (4 photos total) and email them to me.
  3. In the body of your email rate your ABILITY LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to carving these common shapes AND rate your CONFIDENCE LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to teaching the technique to remove these common shapes.
  4. What’s the key to chip carving a smooth, chatter-free curve?
  5. If a student of yours is struggling with curved cuts, what will you look for as you observe them trying to conquer the curve?

 

Materials needed:
  1. 10-Minute Power Workout Pattern (Word or pdf)
  2. Modified Knife and lapboard for each student
  3. Teacher demo materials
  4. Video camera, projector and screen if available

Read pp., Chip Carving Essentials, pp.65-66, 68-69

Watch these Platinum videos: Conquering the Curve, 4A, Conquering the Curve, 4B,  10-Minute Power Workout Day 4, Day 5

Watch this video this video: CCCI – Conquering the Curve
http://player.vimeo.com/video/124472615

Lesson Information & Review:

I bet the title of this lesson immediately grabbed your attention. I can confidently say that because a main challenge most chip carvers face is making smooth, chatter-free curved cuts. When curved cuts are smooth as glass, we know that person has mastered this challenge by using proper form and technique. As an instructor, you will want to have the personal confidence to be able to consistently carve chatter-free curves when you demonstrate technique and assist your students.

When it comes to helping students learn how to “conquer the curve”, I’ve found that the My Chip Carving Modified Knife is indispensable! I first learned how to chip carve using just the standard cutting knife. I could carve smooth curves as long as they were gradual enough to glide the blade along around the curve. Letters like “P”, “B” and “S” were always a challenge. Shortly after I formed My Chip Carving I “modified” the cutting knife by removing some metal off the spine of the blade. The Modified Knife proved to be a great asset to me personally and to all of my customers who tried it. With less metal to drag around the curve it is noticeably easier to keep the knife flowing around even the tightest curves without stopping. It wasn’t until I started using the Modified Knife that I realized I could cleanly carve a small circle! Put away the router and pick up your Modified Knife to conquer the curve!

You will be asked by your students, “Why don’t we just use the Modified Knife all the time?”

The answer has to do with the design of the knife in the first place. Just as less metal in the wood makes for smoother curves, more metal in the wood (ie. My Chip Carving Cutting Knife) makes for straighter cuts. While there’s nothing wrong with using the Modified Knife for the majority of your carving, most carvers will find the Cutting Knife invaluable for straight cuts and large, deep cuts. Sometimes it is a bit easier to get the needed depth on large chips with the Cutting Knife. As you practice curved cuts in this lesson you will find the main points to pay attention to are maintaining proper form while at the same time turning the board underneath the knife. A clean, smooth surface to turn your work is important. Be sure to instruct your students to remove the no-slip mat. Like anything else, it takes practice to coordinate proper technique while turning the board. Plan ahead and anticipate the curve. Adjust the angle of your wrist and arm as needed to make the cut in one smooth, continuous motion. Chatter marks occur whenever the knife stops and starts. It takes practice but have the confidence to know that you can do this. With increased confidence as you conquer the curve you will then be able to instruct others so they too will find the joy and satisfaction that comes with a curved cut that is glassy smooth.

Assignment

Complete each item below and email required items to me for assessment at info@mychipcarving.com . When answering questions 4-5, please copy/paste the question along with your answer in the body of your email.

  1. Apply the 10-Minute Power Workout Pattern to a basswood practice board if you haven’t done so already. Remove all of the chips on this pattern that were covered in today’s lesson. “8’s”, circles, hearts, swirls, tight curves
  2. Take 4 close up, in focus photographs of the chips removed on this board (4 photos total) and email them to me.
  3. In the body of your email rate your ABILITY LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to carving these common shapes AND rate your CONFIDENCE LEVEL (1 lowest – 10 highest) when it comes to teaching the technique to remove these common shapes.
  4. What’s the key to chip carving a smooth, chatter-free curve?
  5. If a student of yours is struggling with curved cuts, what will you look for as you observe them trying to conquer the curve?

Hey, you are really cruising along in your work and I’m sure you’re learning from chip to chip. Remember DDD and the Big Three. Keep looking ahead as you anticipate your first class when you’ll put this lesson material into action.

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