I find manufacturing process fascinating. An now that John Hoffman, Raney Nelson and Chris Schwarz are make tools that I use .. how could I resist posting this?
I got a chance to frame my finished carving. Here’s how I did it.
My carving was made in Alaskan Yellow Cedar.
I decided to mat the carving with AYC as well.
I plowed a groove in the matte material to hold the carving.
Cutting the miters.
Then trimmed the miters with my shooting board. Pretty end grain!
In the clamps with the matte.
I love using hand tools to do this work.
Then I plowed a bead in the external frame with my new beading capability that my new Veritas plow plane.
Mehagany under shellac.
I got a chance over the long weekend to finish up a couple of carving projects. The bowl is made from red alder and the Acanthus leaf is carved in Alaskan yellow cedar.
Some additional seasoning will even out the colors.
Keys that will hopefully keep the bowl from splitting ..
For now, it’ll act as a napkin holder.
Completed Achanthus leaf with a coat of shellac.
Hopefully more carving soon.
In the photo gallery I walk through how I did the end of the rays in the Sunburst carving. See previous posts for more information.
First I draw what I’m about to cut with the v-chisel.
Then I cut with the v-chisel and then I cut the second interior line with a 5/14 gouge.
Next the external line slicing with the 3/14.
Progress to date.
This week I’m working on a project in Mary’s class under her wise guidance. I promised myself that I would take lots of pictures of the progress as I went along and talk a bit about the cuts that I’m making.
So here goes.
I started by v-chiseling out the middle then lowering the background around it.
Then I cut with my v-chisel along the rays and deepened the v-chisel track with a flat beveled chisel.
Then I rounded the rays. More on how I did the ends tomorrow.
So I got to spend the week learning to carve from Mary May at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Here’s the last project of the week that we did. I didn’t quite finish it but you get the idea of a Acanthus leaf. Class was great fun and Mary’s laid back approach to carving was tons of fun.
A couple of weeks ago, a red alder fell into one of our city streets. The city did a wise thing and cut the tree up into wood worker sized logs. Red Alder, I learned turns bright orange on a cut surface after a day or more of exposure. So here are my progress shots. Most of my work was done with my bowl adze. County Workshop is also where I got my bowl gouges.
Original 1/2 log.
Peeling the bark off.
More adze work.
The draw knife and scorp did some of the work.
Then the chisels.
A little bit of clean up with the armless spoke shave.
And finally scrapping.
The final bowl pre exposure color.
The bowl will darken significantly from this point on.