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Carving Letters

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    Timothy Nelson


    I firstly wanted to say a big thank you for all this content you have created. I can’t make clear just how helpful all these lessons have been to me as someone who had never chip carved before a few months ago!

    My question is a about the letters carving course. I am about half way through and I am noticing that all the lessons have the letters set out along the grain. I need to do some carving with the letters set out across the grain. Is the order of cuts the same? It seems like there would be less areas of weak short grain when the letters are set across the grain – if that makes any sense?

    Thanks again and God bless!



    Marty Leenhouts

    Hi Tim,

    Wonderful to know that the lessons and Courses are so helpful to you. Perfect! This helps me keep producing great content!

    Good observation about grain direction when carving letters and numbers.

    The order of cuts “may” change. You’re right that short grain areas will be less especially on letters like W, M, N etc.

    As you recognized this, you’ve already conquered a major part of the struggle!

    I’d suggest you apply some of the letters in the opposite orientation with the grain and carve away!

    If you have any other thoughts, observations and questions, please reach out!!


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