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Geophyrd

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So this is my newest woodworking iteration when I'm not making pens: chip carving! Took an afternoon class in it, came home, started carving. I use a chip carving knife and a lot of time and willpower. Hope you like them!
 

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I used a Flexcut on all of them, the baseline knife. If you are taking too much, you aren't cutting at 60 degrees, at least that would be my guess.
 

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Looks like you jumped right in and are off to the races.

Very impressive for just starting after one class!!
 

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Looks like you jumped right in and are off to the races.

Very impressive for just starting after one class!!
Its not hard, just requires some focus. And I did NOT show the first couple of them. Even now, I'm tossing 1 out of 4 of them as 'not good enough for government work.'
 

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What wood(s) are you carving ?

Would the carving technique be applicable to ornamentally carving the cylindrical bodies of pens.
Basswood mostly. I've tried Pine but its too splintery for the purpose (great for turning though). I also tried mahogany and that meant sharpening every 5 mins.
 

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What wood(s) are you carving ?

Would the carving technique be applicable to ornamentally carving the cylindrical bodies of pens.
The problem with carving pens is that by the time you are near to done turning, there isn't much wood left to carve. And when it gets thin, its hard to keep it from chipping out.
 

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For your first attempts at chip carving these are excellent.
I like your use of carpet grippers when finishing

Alan
Alan, I set those up because I needed to let items air out when finishing. I did it for one large project but its been so handy, I've used them many times. The only thing, you have to be careful...really sharp!
 
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