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  • #16
    Gary Burns (TreeWizWoodcarvings) has a near-vertical easel that he stands in front of when he carves. He mostly uses rotary tools, and has several hanging by his easel. There's a small photo of him working at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreeWizWoo...?ref=shop_sugg

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    • #17
      Lee Valley/Veritas has a massive tilting easel for relief carving. Very expensive, I think you are paying for the shipping weight! The angle is adjustable and the working deck rotates as well.
      Several First Nations carvers here in the Pacific Northwest work 36" - 48" cedar medallions for wall hangings in relief. They all use the same Veritas support.

      I looked into a 36" western red cedar circle, a glue up, 3" thick. Made my toenails curl at the price.
      I don't think I could ever stand up for long enough any more to use one. Maybe if I found some sort of a stool to sit on.

      I built a bench of threaded rod, bolts and 4x4 wood to do story poles. I can keep them from jumping around by using strap clamps. The short stuff can bump an adjustable 4x4 bulk head and a old automotive scissor jack on it's side is the pressure.

      Brian T

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Brian T View Post
        Lee Valley/Veritas has a massive tilting easel for relief carving. Very expensive, I think you are paying for the shipping weight! .....

        I don't think I could ever stand up for long enough any more to use one. Maybe if I found some sort of a stool to sit on.

        I built a bench of threaded rod, bolts and 4x4 wood to do story poles. I can keep them from jumping around by using strap clamps. The short stuff can bump an adjustable 4x4 bulk head and a old automotive scissor jack on it's side is the pressure.

        Unless you are 5 feet tall or shorter, the veritas is not a stand up bench. I sit at it on a kitchen counter stool (slightly shorter than a barstool). If you relief carve a lot, it's worth the cost.

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        • #19
          For me...all oil paintings and all relief carving and all carving are done flat on the table or floor. Easel type of work is made for someone who is standing, on a high stool, or needs to stand away from the work in order to see how it is going. I want to sit because the standing of any kind for long periods is hard on the back, knees and feet. Plus I major like working and sitting at a table. Depends on the person

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          • #20
            I vote for sitting. I just can't stand for hours doing some tedious fine shaving carving thing.
            I have tall rolling stool/chairs that came out of an old drafting business as they went to digital.
            All I have to do now is sweep enough chips away so the chair rolls and turns.

            That pole bench that you can see is low enough to put the carving at a good working level so I can bend over and push down with the tools. At the moment, I'm doing detail so the poles are up on the bench in my face.
            Brian T

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            • #21
              I utilize a carving sled clamped to the work bench. I prefer it flat, it is easier to use mallets and gouges on, and probably a lot safer. I prefer standing to work, I feel it keeps me more alert to the tasks at hand.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Hooked on Carving View Post
                I utilize a carving sled clamped to the work bench. I prefer it flat, it is easier to use mallets and gouges on, and probably a lot safer. I prefer standing to work, I feel it keeps me more alert to the tasks at hand.
                Is that the same as a bench hook?
                Arthur

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