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.
I’ve been practicing my relief carving.
First I put the flat double bevel chisel in my Lee Valley sharpening jig at 15 degrees. I also mark the bevel with black permanent marker.
I hone the chisel on 100 grit sand paper.
The black permanate marker tells me that I’m on the mark.
Once the bevel reaches all the way to the edge, I check to see if the I’ve effected the edge.
I check for the burr on the back side.
Then I take the chisel to the 1000 stones.
I polish the bevel on the 1000, 4000 and 8000 grit stones.
Here’s how my bevel looks at this point. Then I repeat the process on the other side.
Then I carve.
Chisel roll was made by Jason Thigpen at Texas Heritage Woodworks. Letter carving chisel is Auriou.
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