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That looks beautiful!
It has been a while since I posted here so I thought would update my progress in hopes that it might help someone else.
I bought an Ott-Lite to help with my lighting situation. It eliminated the strain on my eyes, the glare on my project, and the pain in my back caused from bad posture when working.
I started doing exercises to strengthen the muscles in my right hand and wrist. It has helped a lot. I am ambidextrous and found I can carve with my left hand because it is much stronger. However, I lack the ability to control my cuts and do fine detail when carving. Strengthening my right hand has helped make the carving easier.
I also have a Table-Mate adjustable angle table. It is basically a higher tech version of the old TV trays. I got the idea after watching Marty’s video last month. I tried over and over again to carve on my lap and was just having to much trouble seeing properly, getting the the right angle, and keeping my work from moving to much. So, I move my work to the table. I put my knife box that came with my kit on the lazy Susan and then put my practice board against it so the board was at angle. This eliminated the slight pain I was having from working with my wrist in a downward angle all the time. The new table replicated this angle and works better than the knife box.
hope that this’ll help others find a solution as well.
Welcome aboard! I am very new at chip carving. In fact my first attempt was without this website and it was not a very good experience.
I have since made some progress after joining this group. I would recommend watching as many of the videos as you can even if you’re not working on the particular project. Also, I have watched the videos for the 2 courses Marty mentioned a few times over. The more time I practice the better and more consistent my chips have become. I also spend a lot of time evaluating what I am doing and how I am doing it as I make each cut.
Learning how to correct or clean up the chips that don’t come out right the first time is helpful to me as well as just watching others work. Marty and others I have watched make it look easier than it is for me at the moment but I am enjoying the process. I hope you do as well!
I am just starting to learn this craft too. I really love the fact that it’s very portable and I don’t need a lot of tools and equipment to do it. There’s a lot of videos on here and I am really enjoying them. Perhaps when your little ones get a bit older you can teach them.
God bless and Happy carving!
I am new to chip carving and am enjoying this website. I hope that you have have fun learning along with me. Welcome and God bless!
I really love that idea! That’s a really nice pattern and turned out beautiful!!
This turned out very nice. I love the pop of color and I have always been drawn to Celtic knot work. In fact there’s a clock pattern on here that is done with Celtic knots. I hope to make it some day.
You got that done fast. It turned out beautiful. Also, tell your son that his belts look wonderful. Very nice and thoughtful gift.
I have an inkjet printer. I was able to transfer the pattern on to the back of on of my practice boards. I tried both the shiny side of a label sheet and a light weight plastic divider. I think it just needs to be something that won’t absorb the ink. However, it was not a crisp line. It was actually worse on the lines that went across the grain. It seemed to bleed into the wood. Also, I was not able to remove the lines with the sand eraser.
Very nice Richard. It reminds me of tulips.
I have been slowly working on the first course trying to develop good technique. I have been trying to be mindful to keep my arm, elbow and wrist in as neutral position as possible. I noticed that in the beginning I was trying to work the blade as if I were drawing on the line. I am using a lazy Susan turn table now and moving it to follow the lines while concentrating on keeping my wrist in a neutral position and engaging the blade in one direction. I observed Marty doing this. It looks like he is just moving his thumb and blade down as he goes.
I still am experimenting with the best place and position to put myself and my work. I am also trying to rid myself of the death grip that I seem to have when holding the knife.
Happy Carving all!