A Quick Carving with My Newly Sharpened Chisels

11 Oct

These are tough to photograph. MKG under shellac on Doug fir.


Sharpening my Curve Carving Gouges

10 Oct

My previous post described how I sharpen my flat (letter) carving gouges. Mostly this post is about “commissioning” (sharpening them for the first time) or if I need to repair an edge.

I’ve had to do a fair amount of work to the curved gouges I inherited.  You could, as I have, change the bevel on a carving chisel with the approach I use below.  I learned this approach from my friend Anada (a_dorje on Instagram).

I use my 8″ Tormek 3 (now Tormek 4).  Ideally you’d want to use something that doesn’t create a hollow bevel (something like the Work Sharp System) .. but! .. once I have the new angle on the chisel set and polished, I usually just use the strop to keep the chisels sharp.  

So to commission a new chisel or reshape a bevel, I take the chisel to the wheel,  then 1000, 4000 and 8000 grit stones.  Then I strop.

So here goes:

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Letter Carving and letter carving tools sharpening

4 Oct

I’ve been practicing my letter and relief carving and attempting to improve my skills.  A few folks have asked me to explain how I sharpen my chisels.  

Here is how I sharpen my flat bevel letter carving chisels.

Chisel roll was made by Jason Thigpen at Texas Heritage Woodworks. Letter carving chisel is Auriou.


Relief Carving Class

6 Sep

Last week I go the opportunity to take a relief carving class at Heritage School of Woodworking. Class information here.

This was my first opportunity to put my E. Sarjeant tools to work and it was great fun.  Slowly but surely, I’m getting those chisels back in working order and back to work.

Here are a couple of the carvings I did.  All carvings were done in basswood.

From Molding To Picture Frame

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Ideas for picture frames

Originally posted on Rainford Restorations:

It’s always fun to travel back in time. This past weekend I traveled back to the 19th century as I participated in the Early American Industries Association Historic Trades Sampler Program at Eastfield Village.

On Saturday I taught a workshop on the use of traditional molding planes to make a picture frame.  In this post I’ll cover some of the highlights of the course and share some details for folks who might want to give it a try at home.

Demonstrating the use of a molding plane on a sticking board. (Photo by Carol Coutinho) Demonstrating the use of a molding plane on a sticking board. (Photo by Carol Coutinho)

One of the joys of an event at Eastfield Village is to work by natural light in a beautiful and immersive setting — in this case Don Carpentier’s village of carefully moved and restored historic buildings — taverns, trade shops, homes and outbuildings.

Brian and Tom working with the molding planes. Brian and Tom working with the molding planes.

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Glamour Shots of the Windsor

12 Jul

I put the last coat of oil on the Windsor.  Here are a few shots.

Painting the Windsor

8 Jul Another preview of what the final look will be.

I started painting my Windsor Chair that I finished up in my previous post.  I’m using Peter Galbert’s recipe from his book Chairmaker’s Notebook.  Basically I’m layering on Milk Paint.  If you wanna know all the secret tricks, you gotta buy the book.  Wanna a see a few of the images from his book .. take a look here.

Anyway here’s a few shots of the orange under cocoa.


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