Hello all. I’ve been a member for quite a while but haven’t had a lot of time to actually get into my chip carving. I’ve had trouble working with basswood, no matter how short my knife is I don’t seem to have enough strength to carve with it. Easy board seems to work better for me but I really want to get an actual wood finish. So, I am still trying to get the hang of this. I guess I may just have to find a way to carve in a shallow manner.
Hi Neil. Thank you for the advice. I’m finished moving and am in the middle of unpacking. In my downtime I am trying to practice. Do you have any suggestions for shallow chip carving? I have a lot of Marty’s easy board and basswood practice boards and I have been using them faithfully I just can’t seem to get a deep enough cut. That is why I think I need to try something shallower. I’m not sure if it’s the arthritis I’m starting to get in my hands for just we can’t strength. I was interested in the way Tatiana carves but I can’t seem to figure it out. Marty has a few of her videos in the my chip carving video area.
Yes, Liz, what Serge said is good advice. Put the project on your lap and carve from that position. You have more strength from your shoulders in that position. For small pieces, you can get a piece of plywood to put on your lap as a table.