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“Please let me know what you think and if you have any feed back at all. I could use also how do i get larger chips out like of the petals if the blade is smaller then the chip I’m carving out? Any ideas?”
Below is the carving sent to me. Click on the image to enlarge. Here’s my advice.
First, this carving is a good start and shows a foundation to build on. I would encourage the carver to add smaller chips in various parts of the pattern to increase diversity, add interest and gain more practice.
Inside the small black circles you will see chip out. If you’ve followed my postings for very long or read my book you will know what I mean by short grain. This is a prime example of short grain chip out. To avoid this problem roll your knife over and cut in the opposite direction as shown by the black arrow.
Second, I added the blue circle as a reminder that the outside cuts should follow this blue circle. Looking closely you will see that some of them curve inward at the start or end or the arc. Keeping the blue circle and red arc in mind will help unify the carving with curved cuts as desired.
Third, the question is asked “how do i get larger chips out like of the petals if the blade is smaller than the chip I’m carving out?” If you are using the My Chip Carving Knives you will never run into this problem unless you are carving a monstrous sign. I’ve never bottomed out my knife when chip carving large chips. You’d have to be using a very short blade if there was trouble reaching the bottom of chips like those on the petals of this plate pattern.