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We all have that problem at times. It comes with practice. After watching Marty do it for years I also wondered if it was possible, but alas, the more you make the chips the better you will get at doing it. I still have some of mine that do not come out on the first try. I am pretty sure Marty would say the same thing. I am sure he still has his moments. No worries, you will get there.
Nice design. I am one of those people who struggle with coming up with a good design. It is a nice skill to have, so I hope to see some more.
Not bad at all! Nice design and I could never complain about the name…LOL!
Thanks Marty, I will give that a try.
For me I have the reverse issue. I have small hands so I wind up having to choke up on the knife.
As with any knife, they will fit most, but not all unless you create your own handle.
So for me, I do what works best for me, adjusting as needed. I honestly do not pay attention to the thumb groove. I have found what I call the sweet spot and I use it that way. So if you need to move back on the handle to find that spot, go for it. It is not incorrect. If you try to to adjust according to the knife build you will wind up frustrated and end up not carving. Do what works for you even if it means ignoring the thumb groove.
These really show what can be done. I realize now I was not thinking far enough outside the box. Lots of ideas now. 😉
Welcome Mike. I am glad you shared!
I want to start off by saying thank you to all who offered ideas. Some I did try, though they may work for some did not work so well for me, and that’s ok, that’s what makes us all unique.
The one I found works really well for me Marty demonstrated during the webinar. As I approach the center I increase the angle (>60). When doing center out I start with the increased angle and bring it back to 60 to finish out.
I am still working on a practice board, but once I finish my luggage tags I will post a picture.
I do believe no matter how skilled we are, we all experience the same and similar issues. I have been chip carving for quite some time now and still find myself having days like what you described.
For I know consistency is obtainable. I understand how you feel and like you when I first started was frustrated because I could not get my chips to look like everyone else, especially Marty. He makes it look so simple, but once you realize it is because he has had years of experience and has learned to be consistent. Honestly it is not going to happen overnight, but I believe you have taken a great step forward just by asking.
It means you are paying attention to the chips your producing. As Marty states learn from chip to chip. Examine the chip you just made and try to correct it on the next one. Slight adjustments with each chip will get you to the place you are producing the chips you want.
As I stated, I have been doing this for a while now, but recently realized I was rushing to get what I was working on completed. When I finished I was frustrated because it did not look the way I was expecting. It finally dawned on me it was because I was rushing. My technique got sloppy and started not being consistent. I had to break this habit and the same time I realized I wasn’t quite enjoying it because I was not doing my best.
I know this is long winded and I am sorry, but my point is to take your time and enjoy it. Don’t let it be a chore. Before making a cut take a quick moment to make sure you have the right hand position and the right angle. Don’t just cut the wood, but understand what you want to achieve with that cut. Then with time and practice you will achieve the consistency you are wanting.
Keep at it, you too will get there!
Greetings and welcome.
I am located in Tampa. So not far from one another.
Wow! Thanks for all the great advice! All of them make sense.
I will try these to see what works best and I will report back my successes.
Great idea Marty!
Michael…it is basswood and grain goes from side to side on the image. But looking at the center portion you will experience all kinds of different grain cuts do to the nature of the pattern…at least that is my thought anyway. I will have to live with my deck of cards.
From what I can tell is this is an undercut issue and not a short grain chipout issue…again, my opinion…I could be wrong.
Glad to have you here.
INSPIRTUS is awesome!
And I really like your choice of wood.
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!