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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.
Good question. The best way to answer your question is for you and others to watch this video…
After watching the video your reply is welcome and anticipated!
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.
Welcome to MyChipCarving, Jim!!
So glad to know you’re already learning a lot.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂