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Lovely work Andrei – your craftsmanship is impressive. I think the walnut finish looks great and works well with the design.
Thanks for your kind words Marty and Julie.
The font is Aesop: https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/finefonts/aesop/
I do my layouts with a desktop publishing program that allows you put text along a curved path. Unfortunately it’s an older program that’s no longer available. I don’t have Inkscape but it may be that it has that capability.
Thanks David and Marty for your kind words. Marty, in answer to your question here’s the basic process I use:
- Do all carving and remove pattern lines.
- Brush sealer in and around letters and areas to be gilded. I use a clear sealer called Jo Sonja All Purpose Sealer (available from dickblick.com).
- Apply gilding primer to areas to be gilded.
- Paint letters with 2-3 coats of artist’s acrylic paint. Paint and gilding primer will get on the surface of the wood, but that’s OK as long as there’s clear sealer protecting the wood.
- Apply gilding glue and gold leaf. (A good source of gilding information and supplies is gildedplanet.com.)
- After paint and gilded areas are dry, sand with 220 sandpaper on a sanding block until all paint & excess gold are removed from the surface of the wood. When you vacuum the sawdust the crisp edges of the letters and gilded chips are revealed.
About finishing: Ideally I’d spray on a topcoat, but lacquer, poly and shellac all darken gold leaf and reduce its luster. So, instead I use a wiping varnish and apply it to the surface of the wood with small brushes, avoiding the gilded areas. (I also apply it around, not inside, the painted letters because it’s difficult to wipe it out of the recesses.) I use General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil based satin, applying 3 coats. This is tedious & time-consuming, but I like the results: some ambering, nice satin sheen, and it brings out the figure of the wood.
Hope this answers your question!
Very impressive carving Ken. Looks like you were able to maintain a consistent angle on all these chips. I’d be interested to see it after you apply a finish.
Thanks Neil. It’s taken me a long time to get decent results on letters, especially outside curves where the grain direction changes. The key for me is using a Lazy Susan and keeping it turning , as Marty shows. (That plus a lot of practice.)
Thank you Norbert for your kind words. The font is “Testament” (https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/canadatype/testament/), a combination of Uncial and Roman capitals.