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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
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Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • The wood in your project looks very much like sycamore, with a significant area of core wood. I found the core wood to be very different and difficult in this chip carving:...
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  • Joe - Your Long Bros are lookin' good! Is some of the shading from the way you illuminated the carving for the photo?

    Could it be that our carving interests are converging? This is my present project:...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    First cuts! It is always exciting to actually "put tools to wood." I've started by shaving the nose and cheek down 1/4" and give them little shape, but they will probably be twice as deep soon. The swirls at the ear position will likely be the highest point & everything else will...
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  • You have mentioned two desired attributes that may be difficult to achieve in one carving: tactile & visual. I sometimes encourage people to touch my relief carvings for the tactile experience. Once, while staying at a lodge with a group of kayakers, I was showing a few of my carvings. The owner...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    The phase is to plan the levels of various parts. For example, the ear, cheek, and nose will be different thickness in the basswood. Some areas will taper off to the background. After defining these areas, the head will be shaped in somewhat normal form before the grooves and waves are started.
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    There have been several carvings where I carved them separate to reduce the chance of nicking the background. In this photo, the first version of "Sky & Water I" (in the center) the birds & fish were carved in place. That was in the mid-70's and I learned my lesson. The reversed color...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    The overlay of basswood is now glued in place, which means I plan to carve it and the walnut background in place.

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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    Here is the carving blank made up of Black Walnut and Basswood. I've cut the outline on the bandsaw, with a few planned modifications. The "break" in the waves of hair at the back of the head will be further down. The vertical dimension has been increased about an inch so the full curve of...
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  • pallin
    replied to Something new to me.
    I would suggest you start by taking photos, front, back, and sides, of a person (downhome, country) seated as on a dock. Study the photos, sketch the shape on your wood blank. It may have to be a shelf sitter.
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  • Whittling with knives is perhaps an American form of carving. Traditional European carvers are taught to use gouges, and knives are "frowned upon." That distinction is gradually eroding away....
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  • pallin
    replied to Identify this tree
    I have used poplar for several recent relief carvings. It was purchased at a Big Box Store, so it's been kiln dried and milled.


    Here is a link to an entire project done in poplar:

    Pacific Northwest Style Dogs (repost) - Woodcarving Illustrated...
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  • pallin
    replied to Carving Position
    The Veritas description says it weighs 150 lbs....
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  • If you are scrolling out caricature blanks, - - maybe okay. I have a 12" Craftsman bandsaw that I bought 60+ years ago for about $150 incl. floor stand. I also have a Delta 24" scroll saw that my son found in a yard sale and gave to me. Mostly I use the bandsaw. I have used the scroll saw...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    Escher did a lot of woodcuts which result in strong contrasts. I have built up some carvings with contrasting wood. On others I have used gel stains in the incised lines and undercuts. This project may involve both.

    Arthur - I'll keep the base part (Black Walnut) fairly flat with incised...
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  • If the picture is on your computer, try printing it on paper. Maybe you've done this in order to fit the image to your wood. Study specific parts of the image - the nose, mouth, hair, the shape of the scroll ends. Mentally break it into pieces and spend time studying each piece. How do they change as...
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  • pallin
    replied to Zoom?
    For nearly a year I have participated in virtual rehearsals of two men's choruses every week via Zoom. We have struggled to find ways to simulate singing together. Some have allowed us to exercise our individual voices, but none have replaced the joy of actual group singing. Woodcarving does not have...
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  • pallin
    replied to Unusual Portrait
    I'm impressed with the consensus among us. I have a piece of Black Walnut that would be the base of this piece. The light portrait will be basswood or poplar. Perhaps fewer curlycues will allow the face to show more. It will likely be 12" square like the White Cat....
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  • pallin
    started a topic Unusual Portrait

    Unusual Portrait

    This is my next carving project. It is a Escher woodcut from 1920 called "Portrait of a Man." The original was 13-5/8" square. Can you picture those curves as V-grooves? Would it be a chip carving or an unusual relief? Should I start with dark wood or light wood?

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  • pallin
    replied to Strop
    I'm in the "Brian T camp," having switched from leather to cardboard years ago. I hone my gouges every half hour or so while carving. I throw the cardboard away if it gets too cut up to provide a smooth surface. I haven't added compound for six months or more. I try not to obsess over the...
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  • Chris - It really doesn't matter if a carving tool comes ready-to-use from the factory. It will get dull. You will have to learn how to maintain the sharpness. The most useful carving tools have curved cutting edges. So, unlike your plane blades, you cannot sharpen them by moving them flat on a stone...
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    Last edited by pallin; 02-04-2021, 01:05 PM.

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