Carving a Large Sunburst

2017-04-09T00:30:51-04:00 August 6th, 2014|

final still png for webThis is a brief introduction to "Carving a Large Sunburst."

This lesson teaches how to carve a large sunburst design as a center piece for a fireplace surround.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Poplar
  • Dimensions: 19-1/4"w x 8"h
  • Tool List: 6mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #3, 18mm; #4, 12mm; #4, 14mm; #4, 18mm; #7, 14mm; #8, 6mm; #8, 10mm; #10, 5mm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
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  1. David Piazzo January 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Mary, is there a name for carving the rays like this, where the line between the rays is the high point, and the type of carving where the high point is the middle of the ray and the lines between them are the low point?

    • Mary May January 13, 2015 at 12:03 am - Reply

      I refer to them as “concave” (hollowed or scooped rays) rays and “convex” (raised or rounded over) rays. I’m not sure of the “official” name, however. Works for me!

  2. Daniel Binkley March 16, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Hi Mary, thanks so much for this excellent lesson. I am new to your classes and wondered if templates are available for these sunburst patterns?

    • Bob Easton March 16, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Hi Daniel,
      Bob Easton here as technical support for Mary May’s web sites.

      Almost all lessons have templates included on the first episode, as mentioned on the Introduction page for each. … just below the image or intro teaser video.

  3. Daniel Binkley March 16, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks Bob. I just overlooked that before.

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