By David Sabol

Carving is a space of woodworking that has huge allure and will begin as easily as whittling figures with a pocket knife. because the price of access is so low, many of us are keen to offer it a attempt. yet a few everyone is get rid of through the conflicting information regarding what instruments to shop for, tips on how to sharpen them, and via the bewildering variety of carving types. This booklet, with its commonsense method of instruments and sprucing, and its vast survey of the various types is the suitable advent for the amateur carver. The initiatives may also help the newbie familiarize yourself with the instruments and research talents whereas making an attempt various carving kinds to determine which fits him most sensible. The tasks variety from the normal to the modern and mirror the tastes of todays woodcarvers.

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Start the border at a relatively even width from your pencil outlines as you follow the contours back up along the fox's head, staying away from the bark (PHOTO Rotate the carving so that you don't have to stretch to get at different areas. mI. back and make finish cuts next. Just hog the wood right out, trying to keep the chips you're taking a consistent thickness-about half the depth of the V-tool. 4. Make another final sweep around with the 3. Now go back with the V-tool and recut the outline to get the final depth for the relief (PHOTO HI.

Once you see a uniform dullness and an even burr on the bevel, move to the soft Arkansas, then to the hard white Arkansas, and on to the hard black Arkansas, using the techniques previously described for sharpening knives. HOw LONG SHOULD THE BEVEL BE? The length of the bevel on a gouge will be related to the size of the tool and will affect the ease with which it travels through the workpiece. The bevel I generally put on my gouges ranges from about '14 in. , but I might go all the way up to 3/8 in.

4. Make another final sweep around with the 3. Now go back with the V-tool and recut the outline to get the final depth for the relief (PHOTO HI. Use your left thumb as a pivot so you can put the power you need behind the tool. In this second pass along the outline, don't worry about keeping everything crisp and clean. J1. I put a pencil mark at the top (you'll see it above the fox's ear), so I know where I started. Overlap each cut by about half the width of the gouge, so the cuts are even and the border looks consistently clean and crisp.

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