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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
Last Activity: Today, 09:36 AM
Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • Relief or chip carving produce a lot of exposed end grain that will soak up stain. It is essential to seal the wood before staining.I use a water-based sealer followed by water-based gel stain. This leaves the stain just in the undercuts and incised lines of a relief. Here's an example:
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    Last edited by pallin; 04-01-2020, 02:14 PM.

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  • pallin
    replied to Greetings from New York
    You're not alone, Chaz. Woodcarving is a solitary sport. There are probably many carvers lurking on this site. We hope our discussions encourage you to try various forms of carving....
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  • pallin
    replied to Sharing a thought.
    We all like to think we should have the right of self-determination. But think about it. Someone told you that you have to drive on your own side of the highway. What happens if you don't? Perhaps you and the other driver get killed. This is that kind of situation. I wish you all good health and freedom...
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  • My impression is that many new members have been lurking on the site for some time before deciding to join. Their impetus to join may be an urge to participate in a discussion or respond to a question, or share a photo. If motivated, they'll figure it out....
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  • pallin
    replied to New member from Wisconsin
    Welcome David. Many of us made furniture or casework during our lifetimes, and now have reached a time when we can whittle or power carve simpler objects. Keep sharing what you've done.
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  • I picture your photo to be a figure of a bearded man. All of your cuts should be "with the grain," so the cuts on the chest can be made toward the neck with a curved gouge - #3 or any width, but cuts on the underside of the beard should go from the neck to the tip of the beard. These would...
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  • As a general rule, straight edges are difficult to use for carving if the corners enter the wood. The corners tend to deflect the cut to one side or the other. This tendency caused early carvers (Indian, or First Nations) to switch hatchet type tools to adzes. Even those became curved for effective...
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  • pallin
    replied to Good News!
    We should each take heart in little increments of good news we find these days. In the realm of carving, I have often chosen complex, long-duration projects. These are only possible by mentally breaking them down into small pieces, and celebrating the completion of each piece....
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  • pallin
    replied to Making fish and staying home.
    I agree with you, Nebraska. Here is a carving I did a few years ago (before the pandemic) that has not just one, but nineteen fish (basswood) and a similar number of birds (walnut)
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  • Here are some photos illustrating the relief carving with a pocket watch inclusion:...
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  • pallin
    replied to I'm new around here
    The trees referred to as Plane Tree in Europe are called Sycamore in the U.S. I have carved spoons from sycamore without any reactions, but they have been used mostly as decorative items rather than for cooking or eating. It is unlikely that toxic trees would be used in public parks, especially if toxic...
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  • pallin
    replied to Confinement Not Bad
    Thanks for your reflections on this self-imposed confinement. Even here in the cities or towns, we are dealing with the separation. Yesterday I had a delightful phone conversation with a friend - a microbiologist - from a now inactive singing group. He was upbeat in spite of caring for his 86-yr-old...
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    pallin posted a Visitor Message for Arthur C.
    Hi Arthur - my wife and I took our trip to New Orleans and returned safely on Monday. It was affected of course by the pandemic. The city was still in Mardi Gras mode, but that was before the impact really hit. We had fun and good food.
    Sorry that the situation in your family prevented our getting...
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  • Very nice! I am curious about how the clock mechanism is powered. Do you wind it? Is it necessary to remove the mechanism to set it? As you said, there are many clock mechanisms available.
    Here is a link to a discussion of including a pocket watch in a relief carving:

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    Last edited by pallin; 03-21-2020, 06:36 PM.

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  • pallin
    replied to hello to all,
    Kevin - Your figure of an old seaman is strikingly similar to a whittling project in a book on woodcarving & whittling that I received in 1947. It was based on some articles that had been published in Popular Science about 1935....
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  • pallin
    replied to hello to all,
    Welcome Kevin. One of the ways to "find your niche" is to check out photos of carvings until you find some that you would like to try yourself. If you go to one of the forums, the recent discussion threads are listed. If there is a little paper clip symbol in front of the statistics column,...
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    Last edited by pallin; 03-20-2020, 06:14 PM. Reason: Added advice

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  • pallin
    replied to Oh, it was me. .
    I spent many years backpacking into wilderness areas, and always assumed that I was responsible for my group's needs and safety. It helps in this situation to determine essentials vs desires. It reminds me of a time my wife & I were camped on an island in a lake on the South Island of New Zealand....
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  • Thanks Eddie, this may come in handy. I've heard they may be more effective if worn by infected patients....
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  • Thanks for sharing your ideas, Joe. I have usually printed my patterns on regular paper. Then transfer to the wood with transfer paper. First, just the major reference lines. The pattern is attached to the wood with push pins into the end grain along the upper edge, so I can put it back for adding other...
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    Last edited by pallin; 03-19-2020, 10:28 AM.

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  • I have a few carving projects that remain unfinished. I'm not referring to pieces missing their final finish. These are items that have a lot of carving undone. One is a cypress knee where I'm still thinking out the design. Another is a large village scene relief in an exotic wood (Genizaro). The most...
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