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Hi Jim! So nice to see two mantle clocks you carved! I like both of the finishes 🙂
Thanks for posting, David.
A sharp knife is crucial whether carving EZboard or basswood.
Good work experimenting with different combinations and arrangements of chips!
Very nice, Jim!!
I had a lot of fun carving this. I put 4 coats of outdoor polyurethane on it so it can be washed when i need to. Nancy
Note: if you are interested in this font, it is available for free at this link https://www.onlinewebfonts.com/download/6eb9d3ee27244c81f891fdb7c44bb968
I like that font. I’ll be sure to download it now.
I’ve been sharing some uses of Inkscape with members and it can indeed bend lettering around a shape.
I just need to learn how to make it on inside AND outside of a curve :-).
Thanks for sharing, Mitch!
More excellent work as we’ve come to expect from you! Thx for the fearless closeup pics so we can see your talent.
I like your choice of font and color.
would you mind sharing what font you used and also how you created the curved lettering? Software used?
Your carving is inspiring and helps all of us carve better!
The Chip Carving Essentials Course is included with the Ruby Membership along with being included with all Chip Carving Kits available.
It is an online course available to you whenever you like. It never expires.
If you’re wanting to learn how to chip carve, this is the course for you.
David is right that we all have our moments. But as you gain experience with good technique they become less and less.
Here’s my suggestion:
#1 – complete the Chip Carving Essentials Course
#2 – complete the Deliberate Practice Course. This Course will help you focus on which cut(s) are leaving wood behind in the bottom of each chip. You’ll find this course valuable!!
Good insights into this pattern application method, Julie.
What you experienced is the very reason why I chose the Pattern Transfer Tool as the best and easiest way to apply patterns.
Thanks for sharing!!
This is very important, body position and how you line up your forearm. I know you’ll get it and will look forward to what others might share in reply to your post.
Manual dexterity is part of your dental training so I’m sure you’ll find success with chip carving!
START with the Chip Carving Essentials Course! This will relieve your frustration!!
Thanks for posting and we’ll all look forward to hearing from you soon.
my impression now is that chip-out is primarily about avoiding putting stress on short grain sections, and avoiding undercuts. That seems to have mostly to do with sharpness of the blade, order of cuts, and depth of cut.
Yes, you’re on the mark with these thoughts about chip out.
If “with” or “against” the grain has a significant impact on the short grain area, my original question really is why that would be.
If you cut against the grain towards a delicate short grain area, this puts undue stress on the weak area and can lead to chip out. Add a dull knife and undercut and chip out is very likely.
I hope this answers your question. Don’t worry about having it all figured out. The more you chip carve the more it will make sense. When chip out happens you will self-evaluate why it happened and make changes so it doesn’t happen again 🙂
Basswood is a very tight grained wood. Cutting with the grain and against the grain can result in smooth cuts if your knife is sharp. But not all pieces of wood are the same. You’ll find some are more brittle than others. This is when understanding the grain direction is a big plus. And, besides that, it’s helpful to understand carving with the grain as the grain is more pronounced in some pieces than others.