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Marty Leenhouts

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  • in reply to: Hello from Canada #100015025
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    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!!

    Marty

    in reply to: Ink Jet pattern application #100014778
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    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!!

     

    in reply to: Ergonomics in Chip Carving #100014691
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Julie

    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.

     

    in reply to: Julie #100014682
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Julie,

    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.

    Marty

    in reply to: Explanation of card trick #100014595
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Mike,

    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.

     

     

    in reply to: Explanation of card trick #100014543
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hello Mike,

    Good question. The best way to answer your question is for you and others to watch this video…

    HOW TO IDENTIFY SHORT GRAIN, AVOIDING CHIP OUT, CHIP CARVING A GRID

    After watching the video your reply is welcome and anticipated!

    Marty

    in reply to: Greenkeeper #100014456
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hello Mike!

    Glad you’re with us and ready to take chip carving on the road with you. Chip Carving is the perfect, portable hobby!

    I’d suggest very strongly that you begin your chip carving journey with the Chip Carving Essentials Course. https://mychipcarving.com/courses-overview/
    Developing proper technique is so crucial when it comes to enjoyable and successful chip carving.
    After completing this course you’ll start to get the feel when your knife is at the proper depth to remove chips of various sizes.

    The Chip Carving Essentials Course is available with ALL Kits and Memberships
    The Platinum Membership has a two-week free trial and includes every Course, video and pattern I’ve ever made along with a live monthly webinar.

    in reply to: Jim Benjamin #100014454
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Welcome to MyChipCarving, Jim!!

    So glad to know you’re already learning a lot.

    in reply to: Perfect Knive Fit #100014304
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Sherry and welcome to MyChipCarving! So glad you are ready to learn this great craft

    What I’d suggest is to start over from the beginning.

    reheat and remove the blade and then either take away some of the plastic or add to the plastic depending on whether you felt it was too big or too small

    Then, take your time and have the angle guide ready

    Watch the video again and shape and give a final grip fit and let it cool

    If it doesn’t feel right, start over again and I know you’ll get it

    Take your time!

    in reply to: Intro to willyc #100014303
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Welcome, Bill

    So glad Jim introduced you to chip carving. Maybe next time Jim comes to the Red Barn for a chip carving class you can come with!

    in reply to: Hello from South Carolina! #100014214
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Melissa and welcome to MyChipCarving!

    I saw your Facebook post and how you scroll sawed the Bethlehem Star. You’re off to a great start.

    Post your finished star here as well as FB.

    Marty

    in reply to: Knife Box #100013927
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hey Damon, It sure has been awhile as the 3-knife box hasn’t been sold in quite a long time 🙂

    I really like the pillow-like top carved with Old World Style chips. Excellent!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    in reply to: Napkin Holder #100013562
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hey Sheree!

    So glad you posted your chip carved napkin holder. You’re making progress!

    Check out this video – https://mychipcarving.com/aiovg_videos/gothic-leaf-chips-double-card-box-rosette-border/

    You’ll get some good pointers on carving the Gothic leaf chips.

    Keep on!

    Marty

    in reply to: Gilded carvings #100013515
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Mitch, I’m always a fan of your carving, lettering and finishing!

    If you could, please explain your process for getting the crisp edges with your gilding and painting inside the letters. I know everyone would appreciate it.

     

    in reply to: Knife Box #100013503
    Marty Leenhouts
    Keymaster

    Hi Dave,

    I’d say the Squrl pattern and this one are on about the same level of difficulty.

    This one has a LOT of circles and Squrl has all back-to-back chips. Pick your poison 🙂

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