I got a chance to frame my finished carving. Here’s how I did it.
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:
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.