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Christmas Ornament 2019

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    Avatardday
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    I downloaded the 2019 Christmas Ornament after watching your webinar last Tuesday evening.

    Here is my question. Once I apply the pattern to my 1/2 inch bass blank, can I carve it on the 12 inch blank and then cut around the ornament with my scroll saw once all the carving is done? I had the thought that as a beginner, having the full board to support my tripod 60 degree angle would be an advantage. What are your thoughts?

    dday from Long Beach, CA

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    Neil McGuireNeil McGuire
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    I have carved both ways, and each has its advantages.

    Carving first gives you a more stable piece to work on, however you might damage the carving when smoothing the edges.

    Cutting first will give your carving hand a little more room to get that low angle owc chip.

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    Marty LeenhoutsMarty Leenhouts
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    Good thoughts, Neil. I’ll be carving about 30 of these ornaments in the months ahead and I plan on cutting them out first. Most years I’ll carve them on the full board first. But as Neil mentioned, this year I’ll carve them already cut out so I can easily get the low angle with my knife carving the Old World Style.
    Marty

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