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Old English S

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    David Bass

    Hey Marty,

    I think I am missing something. I have been going through the letters course and have gotten to the Old English font. When you start the first cuts, which is the inner top portion of the “S” you point out short grain, which I get, but isn’t the other corner also short grain? Is there a reason one would be better to start with than the other or was it just we needed a place to start? Or am I misunderstanding the other is not actually short grain?



    Marty Leenhouts

    Hello David,

    Good question. (related to Chip Carving Letters Course, new the end of the Old English video)

    Here’s an image of what you are asking about…

    the red arrow shows the grain direction. You’ll start the cut near the red arrow and cut towards the purple circle.

    when you look at the red arrow section of the triangle you’ll see that this is long grain inside the triangle

    then look inside the purple circle, the pattern line hooks forming short grain inside the circle.

    If this needs more explanation, please reply and I’ll do my best to help.

    So glad you are working through this Course. I’ll be interested in your feedback!


    David Bass

    Got it finally. I read it a few times and got out my handy dandy Chip Carving Essentials book for a reference. Then I had one of the aha moments where it all made sense. Thanks for covering that, it really was helpful!


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