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  • Cypress Knees Santas

    Finally got to carve most of the day.
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    Thanks,
    Greg

  • #2
    Nice Santa's!

    Claude
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    • #3
      Cypress' knees are so interesting to carve, never start with the same thing, except the wood, good job
      . . .JoeB

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      • #4
        Thats right, I've carved somewhere between 250-300 knees in the last 11-12 years, each is different. That's what I like about them.


        Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
        Cypress' knees are so interesting to carve, never start with the same thing, except the wood, good job
        Thanks,
        Greg

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        • #5
          Hi Greg
          \Nice work on the cypress Santas, I guess when I get #300 carved I will know how to do it, I have about 8 knee in the last four years, they are non existing in our swamps in Nova Scotia, the best ones i carved came from North Carolina, I purchased them on Ebay. Thanks for sharing your pics with us. What is cypress lumber like to carve?
          Bruce

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          • #6
            Looks like your day was well spent, Greg.
            Keep On Carvin'
            Bob K.

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            • #7
              They look great. The photos are a little blurry and I doubt they do your carvings justice.
              Terry

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              • #8
                Thank you guys

                bruce, I have not carved any cypress lumber, maybe someone else could answer it for us.
                Thanks,
                Greg

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                • #9
                  I have carved cypress lumber and it is not fun! The wood grain has that hard/soft/hard/soft thing just like pine. Even with very sharp tools, the soft parts crush instead of cut. Tear out is a problem because of this. If you can find wood that has 30-40 rings per inch, it's not so bad, but the newer stuff (8-10 rings per inch) is not good for carving.

                  Claude
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                  • #10
                    Thanks Claude, seems it's kinda like the knees. I block the face out with the my knives and gouges. The rest I do with power, just makes it a lot easier.
                    Thanks,
                    Greg

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                    • #11
                      IHi Claude
                      Was the cypress lumber kiln dried or air dried.?
                      I bought some poplar that was kin dried it was like oak trying to carve it.
                      Bruce
                      Last edited by scotia carver; 05-30-2017, 09:09 PM.

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                      • #12
                        I carved a sign for a son's camp out of old reclaimed barnwood cypress, probably 50-100 years old, not very detailed, and it carved beautifully. Didn't check the ring count, but it must have been spot on. Another son just brought me a knee about 12" tall and base about 6" x 12" that he cut a few days ago...I already see a couple of possibilities in it.
                        Arthur

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