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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
Last Activity: Yesterday, 04:43 PM
Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • Arthur - I look forward to seeing your French Quarter courtyard scene, and perhaps moving forward in parallel. At this point I'm still thinking it through and waiting for the wood to arrive....
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  • pallin
    replied to Learning relief carving
    There is probably no "formula" for becoming a good relief carver. Choose a design you really want to carve. Avoid getting focused on tools, wood, or sharpening. Don't be misled by videos of effortless & perfect cutting strokes. Expect your initial relief carvings to take weeks or months,...
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    Last edited by pallin; 07-25-2021, 02:33 PM.

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  • One of the major differences between the original woodcut and this relief carving is how variations of "gray scale" are achieved. On a woodcut everything is black or white - every cut produces a line of white. So on the original, the gray or textured surfaces are intricate patterns of cuts....
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  • Here is the pattern enlarged to full size - 15" square. When finished, this carving will be about the same size as "Waterfall," on the wall to the right of my head. As you can see, wall space is becoming a problem.

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  • pallin
    replied to Gouge Question
    Wasserretter - The information tells me that companies and their products may change, Their business goals may shift to profits, rather than their traditional tool quality. We have to personally test each tool as to how it performs in our hands, how it holds an edge, etc.
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  • pallin
    replied to Gouge Question
    This would only apply to bench chisels or #1 carving tools, Di. You cannot flatten the back of a gouge. The #5's in the photos, for example, are not flat on either side....
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  • The reflections could be done in several ways. Here is an example from "Reptiles" - the glass is reflected in the bottle with a hint of color, in this case a piece of marquetry: I actually think this be another "selectively gel stained" projects.

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    Last edited by pallin; 07-21-2021, 02:14 PM.

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  • pallin
    replied to Gouge Question
    They are good carving tools, but will not automatically make you a good carver.
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  • Still Life & Street Scene in Relief

    This relief carving is based on an Escher woodcut from March 1937. The original was almost 20 inches square. This relief will be 15 inches square in 1 - 1/4" basswood. While waiting for the wood to arrive I often spend a lot of time analyzing how this image can become a relief - sometimes a month....
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  • Haha - My adult son asked to borrow the neckerchief slides to show to scouts & parents of his troop. He tactfully removed this one from the collection when he showed them. I don't think I ever wore it at a Scout event.
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  • pallin
    replied to Next Escher Challenge
    It looks like this project is moving ahead quickly. I ordered a 15" x 15" basswood blank from Heinecke today. I'll continue this as a new topic on the New Projects & WIP forum.
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  • As I follow your project, Ed, I think to myself, "Gee, I've never carved a female nude!" Then I dig through the memories and, yes there was one - a Scout neckerchief slide- 1" x 3" - her body discreetly hidden when placed on a neckerchief:

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  • I was given a sycamore log of similar dimensions. I made slabs (with the grain) using a chainsaw with 16" bar. The slabs dried nicely, with no splitting. My objective was blanks for large plate turnings which were chip carved. What's your objective?
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  • pallin
    replied to Next Escher Challenge
    Size? Probably 15" to 20" tall for either. My wife likes the still life & street scene. She had gone through our book of Escher works and put post-its on a dozen or so. The complete catalog of Escher's work has about 450 items, many too complex to be considered for carvings....
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  • pallin
    replied to Next Escher Challenge
    Yes, Ed, that was my initial thought, but then I looked at the ants' antennas. If the carving had a back panel, the antennas could be incised into the backing rather than hanging out as tiny, delicate "twigs."
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  • pallin
    started a topic Next Escher Challenge

    Next Escher Challenge

    Each time I finish an Escher-inspired relief carving, I think to myself, "Maybe that's enough!" Then I start browsing through images of his works and see something that grabs me. Here are two that would be interesting challenges.

    The first is called "Still Life and Street,"...
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  • pallin
    replied to Basswood
    Neither Heinecke or Loess Hills show available basswood with these dimensions. It would need to be custom milled and priced accordingly.

    I recommend that you consider some alternate wood such as poplar. On some of the reliefs that I do with large areas of white wood, I have switched to...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    After studying this carving from across the room for a couple of weeks, I decided it would look better if I stained his shoulder.
    He doesn't look so hunched over & the carving is more balanced now. It' "done!"
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  • The slicing cuts of chip carving call for a short, straight edged, stiff blade. On some, the cutting edge is angled inward toward the handle. Contrary to the "sets" advertised, most chip carving is done with one or two knives - the one described above and a plunge knife (one with the cutting...
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  • pallin
    replied to Humbling
    Grinling Gibbons could not have personally carved all the carvings attributed to him. He had a studio full of assistants to do the acanthus leaves, grape clusters, etc. Even so, the standards were set very high. Consider for a moment, that sandpaper was not invented until long after his death....
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