New Custom Basswood Cremains Box
This custom box is about 10″H x 8″ x 6″ with magnetic catches on the top and bottom lid. The magnets will make it easy to carve and finish while still being able to put a container inside. Let me know if you have a custom box on your to-do carving list and I’ll be glad to send you a quote. email@example.com
Beautiful, clear basswood…sweet
I just finished producing 30 basswood trivets. This basswood was so creamy white and tight grained that I had to show you a picture. Machining it was a treat and was itching to carve one myself! 7.5″ square and some are over 1″ thick.
Here’s where they are found in the Store – https://mychipcarving.com/product/trivet/
At this listing you will also find some material I added on what finishes to use for a trivet that is exposed to high temperatures.
Free class, tomorrow night, have you signed up yet?
I’ll teach you how to carve a Gothic leaf shape and much more. This shape is commonly carved in a wide variety of patterns so it is important to learn how to carve it. You’ll become a better carver when you learn how.
Wed. Oct.11, 7:00pm CDT
Click HERE to sign up. No charge
If you can’t attend LIVE, sign up and you’ll receive the link to watch the REPLAY later on.
Now FREE – Webinar: Chip Carving 102
Here’s how…Sign Up NOW for this Wednesday’s Webinar (whether you can attend Live or not)…
You will pay $4.95 but…at the end of the webinar I will give you a $4.95 Store Coupon Code!
Wednesday, Sept.20, 7pm CDT
If you can’t attend Live you will get the Replay Link which will contain the Coupon Code. Perfect!
Sign up NOW – seats are limited
Webinar Chip Carving Class 102 info
I’d like to personally invite you to attend this live class on September 20th, from 7:00-8:00pm (CDT). I will teach you how to carve consistent, clean and crisp 3-corner chips. And…I’ll show you how to carve the 2017 ornament shown below!
Webinar 101 was $9.95.
For this Webinar 102 I’ve slashed the price 50% to only $4.95 for the entire class!
If you have your chip carving knife and a basswood or EZboard blank ready you can carve along with me. Then, if you like, at the end of class you can turn on your webcam and I will help you with any problems you’re having. Of course I’ll always take your questions during the webinar if that’s easier for you.
How about it? Sign up now and I’ll save a seat for you!
there’s still time to join today’s webinar, Chip Carving 101, 7:00pm CST Click HERE
Following are two questions that came my way with my answers that I thought might be helpful to you.
Sharpening and Finishing Q&A
Q: 1) I’ve found that I am able to get a nice sharp blade on my knives on the back half (toward the handle), but the first few millimeters remain less so. It’s still a decent edge, but not the razor sharp edge that creates the buttery smooth cuts. I’ve tried focusing on my pressure to make sure I’m not leaning the knife back off the tip when sharpening, spending a few extra strokes on just the tip half of the blade (I don’t like this method, as I’m sure it’s easy to make the blade uneven in sharpness, angle, and shape), and a lot of strokes on the strop. I’m wondering if you have any thoughts or advice on this. It makes sense that the tip would be duller since that’s the part that’s cutting on every single chip no matter the depth, but getting it back to keen is proving more difficult.
A: I helped a student with this same problem last week at Carv-Fest. Here’s what you should do. Go back to the sharpening board with a 600-800 grit abrasive. Work the entire edge until you turn a burr (wire edge) on the entire blade. Next move to the 1200 grit and count down 10-1 like usual when using the Sharpening Kit. Proceed through the grits and finish with the strop 10-1 and your entire blade will now be Scary Sharp.
Q: 2) I also find it difficult to get the end grain to not appear much darker when staining. The only thing I’ve come up with so far is to sand it very fine, which definitely helps, but it’s still not the same as the rest of the piece. I have to believe this is something you’ve come across. Any advice here?A: The end grain is more porous so it will absorb more stain and become darker as you are finding out. Here is the best way to get an even color on your carving. First you have to completely seal the wood. I suggest doing this with 3-4 coats of spray satin lacquer. You can start with one coat of Universal Sanding Sealer before the lacquer if you like. Next, select a color of gel stain you prefer. Gel stain, not a normal oil stain. Brush on the gel stain taking care to brush it out of the recesses. Use a rag to wipe off any excess on the surface. The longer the gel stain sits on the surface the more color it will hold and the harder it will be to wipe off. Let it dry overnight. Brush on more gel stain the next day on areas that need more color. This technique allows you complete control of the color on the entire project, end grain and long grain.
My Chip Carving
Sorry, the link was bad in yesterday’s post. I’ve fixed it now.
– Webinar –
Chip Carving 101, Build on a Strong Foundation!
Class size is limited!
In this webinar class I will teach you the following:
- Proper Technique
- How to Hold Your Knife
- Carve on Your Lap for Success
- How to Carve Two-sided Chips
- How to Carve Straight Lines
At the end of class, if you have a web camera and want to stick around, I’ll check your technique and give you some LIVE feedback.
ALSO: To get the most benefit from this class, have your chip carving knife, lapboard and basswood or EZboard practice board with THIS pattern applied (pattern is free with your free Gold Membership) before the class begins.
Click HERE for more information and to sign up.
Next Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: 7:00-8:00pm CDT
Replay link will be provided to all who register.
Event best viewed in either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.
Repairing Chip Out on your Chip Carving
A My Chip Carving Member asked how to repair a project when a piece chips out. He tried gluing it back in place but the stain didn’t cover evenly where the repair was made. (see image below) Here’s my reply…
There is now ONE sewing kit in stock.
This is particularly important because the craftsman who makes these is having rotator cuff surgery next week. Recovery time is uncertain as is getting more of these kits this year.
He also makes Gothic Stools and I have ONE basswood stool in stock as well. Patterns are available for both items.
Thought you’d like to know this as you plan ahead on your projects.