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    Hello everyone. New to forum and new to whittling and carving. I have a question concerning grain direction when carving small figures.
    Say I have a block of wood 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3 inches. I know that the grain direction should be top to bottom. However, on the end grain, what would be the best setup for getting better detail on the front of the figure? Should the end grain direction be front to back, or side to side. Or doesn't it matter. Hopefully, this makes sense. Thanks

  • #2
    I think we beat this up pretty good recently try this discussion includes photos for clarity. Enjoy and welcome.

    https://forum.woodcarvingillustrated...r-which-corner
    Ed
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    • #3
      Thanks for the link.

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      • #4
        The link talks about the front, back and sides being corners. What about when the front back and sides are flat?

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        • #5
          I tend to put the tip of the nose at the top of the arch. I think it’s easier to carve that way but you can get some cool stripe grain effects going the from the side. Hope that’s clear.
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          Ed
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          • #6
            See if I’d rotated this 90* the stripes would go through the face.
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            Ed
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            • #7
              Thanks for the info.

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              • #8
                Magicman, my personal preference when ever i can cut a blank to run the grain front to back i do, that's just me, but i have carved many many rough outs that run it from side to side with no issues.
                Mark N. Akers
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                • #9
                  How can this user be named Magicman when I have had that user name for years?

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                  • #10
                    The difference being the names beginning with a capital M and a lower case m ? (You use Magicman, s/he uses magicman.)

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                    • #11
                      One of the factors not mentioned by the OP or any responders is: What kind of wood? With basswood the growth rings are often difficult to see and the wood holds together even in fine detail. But there are woods like butternut which have a very discernible grain, and you need to pay attention to how it sweeps across your project.

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