Carving a Small Sunburst

2017-04-09T00:31:36-04:00 July 15th, 2014|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Small Sunburst."

This lesson shows how to carve a small sunburst design typically seen in the center of a fireplace mantle.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Poplar
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4"w x 5-1/2"h
  • Tool List: 5mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #7, 10mm; #7, 14mm; #8, 10mm (optional)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
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  1. JOE LAMBERT July 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I find myself often with few comments,but I must say the layout for the lessons are much more professional looking . Good Job……..Joe

    • Mary May July 18, 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Joe! Bob Easton, who is the mastermind behind the technical part of the school, did a wonderful job. I am very pleased with how it looks and works too. Thanks Bob!

  2. David Holmes February 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I’d be interested in knowing the thickness you recommend for this project. I see width and height but not thickness.


    • MaryMay February 19, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

      The depth of the carving can be 1/8″ to 3/16″ deep at the outside edges. Be careful not to make these rays too deep, or the sharp corners will become fragile.

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